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Video: “Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center” CD+DVD released today

by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 18, 2013

The new CD+DVD commemorative package “Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center” was released today via Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment,

The package captures the historic all-star concert staged in the Okemah native’s honor last October in Washington, D.C. Featuring performances from Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, Donovan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, John Mellencamp, Tom Morello, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams, and many others.

The CD+DVD package features eight performances not seen in the one-hour PBS broadcast, including two spoken word performances from actor Jeff Daniels and six musical performances from Old Crow Medicine Show, Jimmy LaFave, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Tracklists for the CD and DVD differ slightly so see full details after the break.

The commemorative CD+DVD release will include a 12-page booklet containing rare photographs and a personal note from Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, who administers the nonprofit Woody Guthrie Foundation & Archives, and Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. Cover art for the CD+DVD package is based on artist Shepard Fairey’s screen print designed for the 2012 Woody Guthrie Centennial.

“Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center” presents the ultimate live collection of the most famous songs written and (mostly) recorded by Woody Guthrie (b. July 14, 1912 – d. Oct. 3, 1967). They are performed by artists who have all proclaimed Woody’s influence on their craft down the years. The set starts with a familiar pair from Nashville’s Old Crow Medicine Show (“Howdi Do,” “Union Maid”), followed by touchstones from Judy Collins (“Pastures Of Plenty”), Jimmy LaFave (“Hard Travelin’”), Donovan (the children’s favorite, “Riding In My Car”), Ani DiFranco (“Deportee” aka “Plane Wreck At Los Gatos”), Sweet Honey In The Rock (“I’ve Got To Know”), and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (“1913 Massacre”).

Rosanne Cash delivers a pair of Woody’s finest (“I Ain’t Got No Home” and “Pretty Boy Floyd”); likewise John Mellencamp, an avowed Woody Guthrie disciple, offers up one of his favorites (“Do Re Mi”). Bluegrass giants the Del McCoury Band team with singer-songwriter Tim O’Brien on “So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh” and special guest Tony Trischka (on banjo) joins the group for Woody’s only instrumental song, “Woody’s Rag.” The entire cast takes the stage to close the concert with “This Train Is Bound For Glory” and, of course, Woody’s timeless “This Land Is Your Land.”

Over the past two decades, at the invitation of Nora Guthrie, contemporary musicians have composed music to Woody’s previously unpublished lyrics. Several of these artists presented their new songs at the concert, including Joel Rafael (“Ramblin’ Reckless Hobo”) and Lucinda Williams (“House Of Earth”). In collaboration with Nora Guthrie, bassist/producer Rob Wasserman assembled a full album of these new songs in 2011, Note of Hope. Two artists reprise their contributions from that album, namely Jackson Browne (“You Know The Night”) and Tom Morello (“Ease My Revolutionary Mind”).

The final contributor to “Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center”is Woody h imself. The DVD bonus features include rare footage of Woody singing “John Henry,” “Ranger’s Command” and “Greenback Dollar,” as well as spoken pieces by Woody (and others) that are illustrated by archival photographs and documentary footage. These portraits of Woody are reminders of how the songs of Okemah’s favorite son took off around the world like a fast train on a well-oiled track.

Look for my interview with Nora Guthrie as well as my review of the concert CD/DVD Friday.

WOODY GUTHRIE AT 100! LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER CD+DVD

CD:

1. Howdi Do – Old Crow Medicine Show

2. Union Maid – Old Crow Medicine Show

3. Ramblin’ Reckless Hobo – Joel Rafael

4. Hard Travelin’ – Jimmy LaFave

5. Riding In My Car – Donovan

6. I Ain’t Got No Home – Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

7. Pretty Boy Floyd – Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

8. I’ve Got To Know – Sweet Honey In The Rock

9. House Of Earth – Lucinda Williams

10. Pastures Of Plenty – Judy Collins

11. Ease My Revolutionary Mind – Tom Morello

12. Deportee – Ani DiFranco with Ry Cooder and Dan Gellert

13. You Know The Night – Jackson Browne

14. So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh – Del McCoury Band with Tim O’Brien

15. Woody’s Rag – Del McCoury Band with Tim O’Brien and Tony Trischka

16. Do Re Mi – John Mellencamp

17. 1913 Massacre – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

18. This Train Is Bound For Glory – All Performers

19. This Land Is Your Land – All Performers

DVD:

1. Howdi Do – Old Crow Medicine Show *

2. Union Maid – Old Crow Medicine Show

3. This Is Our Country Here – Jeff Daniels *

4. Ramblin’ Reckless Hobo – Joel Rafael

5. Hard Travelin’ – Jimmy LaFave *

6. Riding In My Car – Donovan

7. I Ain’t Got No Home – Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal *

8. Pretty Boy Floyd – Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

9. I’ve Got To Know – Sweet Honey In The Rock

10. House Of Earth – Lucinda Williams

11. Pastures Of Plenty – Judy Collins *

12. Ease My Revolutionary Mind – Tom Morello

13. Deportee – Ani DiFranco with Ry Cooder and Dan Gellert

14. I Hate A Song (spoken word) – Jeff Daniels *

15. You Know The Night – Jackson Browne

16. So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh – Del McCoury Band with Tim O’Brien

17. Woody’s Rag – Del McCoury Band with Tim O’Brien and Tony Trischka *

18. Do Re Mi – John Mellencamp

19. 1913 Massacre – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott *

20. Nora Guthrie (spoken word)

21. This Train Is Bound For Glory – All Performers

22. This Land Is Your Land – All Performers

* Bonus track which does not appear in televised PBS special

-BAM


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 than 1...
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