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Wednesday Video Spotlight: Del McCoury Band records "new" Woody Guthrie song "California Gold"

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: July 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm •  Published: July 24, 2013
Del McCoury (AP file)
Del McCoury (AP file)

Check out this glimpse into the studio for the recording of a landmark project by The Del McCoury Band. The Guthrie family asked the bluegrass legend to put music to some Woody Guthrie lyrics that were written about 70 years ago and have never been heard by the public.

McCoury joins the ranks of Billy Bragg, Wilco and The Klezmatics, fellow musicians who have worked with the Guthrie family (particularly Woody’s daughter Nora Guthrie) to create new music using the Dust Bowl balladeer’s previously unpublished lyrics.

Guthrie, an Okemah native, would have celebrated his 101st birthday July 14. McCoury and his band were major players during the 2012 “Woody at 100″ centennial celebration in honor of the folk icon. The Del McCoury band performed at Tulsa’s “This Land is Your Land: A Woody Guthrie Centennial” Concert, which also featured The Flaming Lips, Hanson, Arlo Guthrie and more.

Plus, the bluegrass outfit performed at the “Woody at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center” concert, which recently was released on in a CD/DVD set. To read my review of the CD/DVD release, click here.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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