Saturday, February 25, 2012

Woody Guthrie Lives!

New Multitudes – Original Music Set To The Lyrics of Woody Guthrie

by Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames

Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Gob Iron, Uncle Tupelo), Yim Yames/Jim James (My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk), and Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) 

Official Site

New Multitudes, featuring 12 songs with Woody Guthrie's lost lyrics brought to life stunningly by these four fine musicians, will be released next week.... a bonus disc contains additional tracks by Ferrar and Parker only.... it was originally conceived of as a Ferrar solo album... thank god the mighty Jim James became involved in the project as well....

The album is streaming now on Conan's site:

Now it's also streaming on the Rounder Records site:

New Multitudes track listing:

1. Hoping Machine (Jay)
2. Fly High (Anders)
3. My Revolutionary Mind (Jim)
4. VD City (Will)
5. Old L.A. (Anders)
6. Talking Empty Bed Blues (Jim)
7. Chorine (Will)
8. Careless Reckless Love (Jay)
9. Angel’s Blues (Anders)
10. No Fear (Will)
11. Changing World (Jim)
12. New Multitudes (Jay)

Bonus Disc (Jay & Anders):

1. Around New York
2. Jake Walk Blues           
3. Whereabouts Can I Hide           
4. Old Kokaine           
5. I Was A Goner           
6. San Antone Meat House           
7. Dopefiend Robber           
8. World's On Fire           
9. When I Get Home           
10. Atom Dance           
11. Your Smile Cured Me
Woody's daughter Nora Guthrie has done her father, and the World, a great service by opening up the Guthrie Archives  for new interpretations by contemporary artists such as Billy Bragg, Wilco, and Natalie Merchant (on the Mermaid Avenue albums).... and now we have this offering...

Can't wait to catch the New Multitudes tour, coming to Portland on March 9 at the Crystal Ballroom.

Tour Dates: March 2012

6 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
7 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Mayan
9 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

10 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
12 – Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

16 – Boston, MA @ Paradise

Been listening to the album all morning.... it's so good! If you are a fan of folk and Americana, and if you are a fan of Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, M. Ward, Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes... or for that matter, The Fleet Foxes, The Dodos, Steve Earle, Mumford & Sons, Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Iron & Wine and The Decemberists... and always kinda had a soft spot for Bob Dylan.... 


By the way, if you haven't heard the Yim Yames/Jim James Tribute To George Harrison (hmmm.... today would have been George's 69th birthday....) please correct that situation immediately:

oh... this is kinda cool too...

... and so is this.....

....and who could resist this after seeing The Big Lebowski a few dozen times?

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