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Will Johnson, Jay Farrar, Jim James, Anders Parker
Farrar, Johnson, Parker, Yames

Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson (who previously collabroated with Jim James in Monsters of Folk), and Anders Parker (who previously collaborated with Jay Farrar in Gob Iron), have teamed up to record an album titled New Multitudes, which comes out February 28 via Rounder Records. The album features twelve tracks, all of which were written lyrically by Woody Guthrie but never recorded, and Jim, Jay, Will, and Anders have written original music to accompany the lyrics.

"Under the invitation of Nora Guthrie, Woody's daughter, to tour the Guthrie archives, each of the four songwriters were offered the chance to plumb and mine the plethora of notebooks, scratch pads, napkins, etc. for anything that might inspire them to lend their voices and give the words new life. "These guys worked on an amazing group of lyrics, much of it culled from Woody's times in LA. Lyric wise, it's a part of the story that is still mostly unknown. From Woody's experiences on LA's skid row to his later years in Topanga Canyon, they are uniquely intimate, and relate two distinctly emotional periods in his life.""
A limited edition will be available with twelve additional tracks written by Jay Farrar and Anders Parker and it also includes Woody Guthrie's original lyric sheets. Check out album track, "Old LA," which is streaming below, along with the album artwork and tracklist.

The four folkies will head out on a short US tour together in support of the album this March. That tour hits NYC on March 14 at Webster Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, 1/20 at noon, with an AmEx presale starting two days earlier. All dates are listed below.

Jim James was just in town to help pay tribute (and perform with) Preservation Hall Jazz Band...

"At Carnegie Hall the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Del McCoury Band, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards, and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) were on hand. So were the New Orleans-born musicians Trombone Shorty and Allen Toussaint, who sang a tribute to the band for putting "pride in your stride."

While it's a paradox that welcoming outsiders and trying out hybrids is a survival tactic for a deeply local tradition, that's a fact of life for present-day New Orleans." [NY Times]

My Morning Jacket also apparently played a secret show of some kind while they were in town.

All Guthrie tribute tour dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...

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Farrar, Johnson, Parker, Yames - "Old LA"
Old LA by FarrarJohnsonParkerYames

New Multitudes

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

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Jim James, Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker -- 2012 Tour Dates
03/06 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
03/07 Los Angeles, CA Music Box
03/09 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
03/10 Seattle, WA Showbox
03/12 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
03/13 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
03/14 New York, NY Webster Hall
03/16 Boston, MA Paradise

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Comments (28)

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Posted by Ted | January 12, 2012 11:37 AM

MMJ didn't do a secret show. YY came out during PHJB's set at a sleep no more after party.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:40 AM

i love wilco

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:45 AM

Mermaid Avenue was really good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:47 AM

Jay Farrar is solid!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:49 AM

Jay Farrar > Jeff Tweedy

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:52 AM

saw billy bragg last year at the winery. he confirmed on stage that wilco and himself are working on volume 3 of mermaid avenue. maybe we can see similar show from them??

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:55 AM

Ken Burns?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 11:56 AM

Would rather see Wilco and Bragg...but this seems cool.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:01 PM

will glen campbell also be involved? what about the edge?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:05 PM

^Yo! I heard the Edge was at the Glen Campbell show! Cool-i-o!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:06 PM

i think its pretty rad that Jim James keeps his solo work to artistic tribute efforts. this shows his true commitment to MMJ as his main act.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:07 PM

it's yim yames, people. everyone knows that!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:17 PM

@11:52 As a die hard Uncle Tupelo fan, and a guy who used to love Son Volt so much more than WILCO, I really think Farrar has been fully eclipsed by Tweedy. Son Volt never really went anywhere musically. Their albums got more and more boring than their previous work,and then they added some horns.WILCO is just getting better and better, and is absolutely awesome live.

I've seen Son Volt about a dozen times, and I love most of their stuff, but if we are going to choose sides, I'm going to Team Tweedy.

Posted by The Mighty KC | January 12, 2012 12:43 PM

Farrar>Tweedy... Tweedy writes songs that make girls cream while Farrar is just playing good alt-country

Plus Tweedy is a bitch and berates the crowd often

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:53 PM

"^Yo! I heard the Edge was at the Glen Campbell show! Cool-i-o!"

Wait are you sure. I figured he would have rather gone to see Pres Hall Jazz Band. I mean they killed it that night. OMG it was insane.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:55 PM

Guthrie's daughter must need to pay some bills.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 12:57 PM

Tweedy's UT songs were vapid, but I agree that even though Farrar was the Lennon of the duo, he hasn't evolved at all.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 1:19 PM

^Black-eye, Gun, If That's Alright, No Sense in Loving and Wait Up were ILL YO!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 1:26 PM

Tweedy's Tupelo songs included Screen Door, New Madrid, Gun, The Long Cut, D.Boon, Watch Me Fall, and others.
Hardly "vapid" material.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 1:31 PM

Vapid.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 1:55 PM

^you're vapid...

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 2:10 PM

Why? Who wants to hear this, really? Another garbage supergroup performing someone else's rejected lyrics. Even the biggest Jay Farrer/MMJ fans have to be rolling their eyes. What is the point? Is it for some charity or something?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 5:09 PM

^for fun...geez kill joy!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 5:45 PM

5:09 life has no meaning, DUR!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 6:55 PM

I've solved this kind of music long ago. Holds no secrets

Posted by Sunskull | January 12, 2012 8:48 PM

5:09, you obviously have no fucking clue who woody guthrie is, do you?

i agree that jim's former involvement with m ward was shit, whatever the fuck they were called, but this should be pretty dope. the tune above sounds good to me.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2012 8:57 PM

jim james rules

Posted by jordon | August 8, 2013 3:09 PM

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