Woody Guthrie

Rounder Records, in conjunction with The Woody Guthrie Archives, will inaugurate the new Woody Guthrie Legacy Series with a 4-CD boxed set, My Dusty Road on August 25. The original metal masters for these songs, recorded in the mid 1940s by Herbert Harris and Moses Asch, had languished for years in the Brooklyn basement of an elderly woman, stacked in cardboard barrels. Reissue co-producer Michael Creamer, who had learned of the cache from his cousin, took a few of the discs to the renowned mastering engineer Doug Pomeroy. The clarity and presence of the sound was revelatory.

The tracks included in the box set are just a fraction of the recordings found with the Guthrie recordings...

Roughly 2,000 metal discs were found in Irene Harris's storage bin. About 150 of those are Woody Guthrie recordings, and the rest are by a host of folk, blues, and jazz artists who recorded for the Stinson label, among them Lead Belly, Art Tatum, Mary Lou Williams, and Burl Ives.

....[Included in the find was] a disc marked "Bad Repetation," dated May 19, 1944, which had never appeared on an album or a field recording. It's likely that no one had heard the song for 60 years.

While most of the unearthed Guthrie recordings are already in print, half a dozen of the 54 tracks on My Dusty Road are alternate versions that have never been issued. "Bad Repetation" - a humorous song whose lyrics were included in two of Guthrie's late-1930s songbooks, suggesting the tune was a crowd-pleaser - is the one true find. [Boston Globe]

That track, "Bad Repetation", is posted above!!

Later this year and into 2010, the Guthrie Family - Abe Guthrie, Annie Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Cathy Guthrie, Johnny Irion and Sarah Lee Guthrie - will go on an extensive two-part tour of North America. The first leg includes a Thanksgiving weekend show (a yearly Arlo & Co. tradition) at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 28th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 1st.

All dates for the "Guthrie Family Rides Again" tour, and photos and tracklist of the Woody box set, which comes in a suitcase with all kinds of extra treats, are posted below...

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

The set includes many of Woody's best-known songs, along with traditional material and collaborations with fellow guitarist Cisco Houston and harmonica player Sonny Terry. To complement and enhance enjoyment of the recordings, the discs are packaged in a replica of a vintage suitcase, complete with handle and latches. Inside the box are a full-color 68 page book that includes extensive notes and many rare or previously unpublished photos, as well as illustrations and illuminated lyric sheets by Guthrie himself. Also included are facsimiles of Woody's business card, a postcard sent from Florida to his wife, and a booking card from the 1940s.

My Dusty Road Tracklist:
1 This Land Is Your Land 02:44
2 Going Down the Road (I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way) 02:56
3 Talking Sailor 03:06
4 Philadelphia Lawyer 02:32
5 Hard Travelin' 02:38
6 Jesus Christ 02:41
7 The Sinking of the Reuben James 03:25
8 Pretty Boy Floyd 03:06
9 Grand Coulee Dam 02:09
10 Nine Hundred Miles 02:51
11 Going Down the Road (I Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way) 2 02:57
12 My Daddy (Flies a Ship in the Sky) 02:33
13 Bad Repetation 02:50

1 Poor Boy 02:26
2 Worried Man Blues 02:01
3 A Picture From Life's Other Side 03:05
4 Buffalo Skinners 03:20
5 Hard Ain't It Hard 02:40
6 Stewball 03:27
7 Stackolee 03:01
8 Gypsy Davy 02:49
9 Little Darling Pal of Mine 02:54
10 What Did the Deep Sea Say? 02:59
11 Chisholm Trail 02:36
12 Put My Little Shoes Away 02:49
13 Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? 02:33
14 John Henry 02:39

1 I'm Gonna Join That One Big Union (You Gotta Go Down and Join the Union) 02:29
2 Hangnot, Slipnot 02:32
3 Gonna Roll the Union On 02:37
4 The Ludlow Massacre 03:32
5 Sally Don't You Grieve 02:23
6 Harriet Tubman's Ballad part 1 03:24
7 Harriet Tubman's Ballad part 2 03:09
8 Tear the Facists Down 02:05
9 When The Yanks Go Marching In 02:42
10 You Can Hear My Whistle Blow 02:23
11 Union Burying Ground 03:05
12 You Gotta Go Down and Join the Union 02:43

1 Train Breakdown 02:31
2 Do You Ever Think Of Me (aka At My Window) 03:05
3 Guitar Rag 02:19
4 Square Dance Medley 03:50
5 Guitar Breakdown 02:20
6 Raincrow Bill 02:36
7 Ain't Nobody's Business 02:42
8 Stepstone 02:52
9 Ezekiel Saw the Wheel 02:42
10 Bile Them Cabbage Down 02:46
11 Danville Girl 03:42
12 Guitar Blues 02:55
13 Brown's Ferry Blues 02:45
14 More Pretty Girls Than One 02:16
15 Sonny's Flight 02:57


Guthrie Family Rides Again - 2009 Tour Dates
Fri 10/02/09 Great Barrington, MA The Guthrie Center
Sat 10/03/09 Great Barrington, MA The Guthrie Center
Sun 10/04/09 Great Barrington, MA The Guthrie Center
Fri 10/09/09 Storrs Mansfield, CT Jorgensen Ctr. for Perf. Arts
Sat 10/10/09 Storrs Mansfield, CT Jorgensen Ctr. for Perf. Arts
Fri 10/16/09 Mount Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Tue 10/20/09 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre
Wed 10/21/09 Hartford, WI Schauer Arts And Activities Center
Fri 10/23/09 Glen Ellyn, IL College Of DuPage
Sat 10/24/09 Waukegan, IL Genesee Theatre
Tue 10/27/09 Oakville, ON The Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts
Wed 10/28/09 Ottawa, ON Dominion Chalmers United Church
Thu 10/29/09 Montreal, QC Theatre Outremont
Sun 11/01/09 Homer, NY Center For The Arts
Fri 11/13/09 Albany, NY The Egg
Sun 11/15/09 Harrisburg, PA Sunoco Performance Theater
Tue 11/17/09 State College, PA State Theatre
Thu 11/19/09 Burlington, VT Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
Fri 11/20/09 Portland, ME Merrill Auditorium At City Hall
Sat 11/21/09 Orono, ME Collins Center For The Arts
Sat 11/28/09 New York, NY Carnegie Hall
Sun 11/29/09 Newark, NJ New Jersey Perf. Arts Center
Fri 02/19/10 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
Sat 02/20/10 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre
Sun 02/21/10 Patchogue, NY Patchogue Theatre For Perf. Arts
Tue 02/23/10 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House
Thu 02/25/10 Hampton, VA American Theatre
Fri 02/26/10 Hampton, VA American Theatre
Sat 02/27/10 Charlottesville, VA Paramount Theater
Mon 03/01/10 Newberry, SC Newberry Opera House
Wed 03/03/10 Asheville, NC Diana Wortham Theatre
Thu 03/04/10 Asheville, NC Diana Wortham Theatre
Fri 03/05/10 Atlanta, GA Ferst Center For The Arts
Mon 03/15/10 Stuart, FL Lyric Theatre
Tue 03/16/10 Stuart, FL Lyric Theatre
Sat 03/20/10 Bartlett, TN Bartlett Performing Arts Center
Tue 03/23/10 Houston, TX Miller Outdoor Stage
Fri 03/26/10 St. Louis, MO Sheldon Concert Hall
Sat 03/27/10 Overland Park, KS Carlsen Center
Wed 03/31/10 Austin, TX The Long Center For The Performing Arts
Sat 04/03/10 Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque Journal Theatre
Thu 04/08/10 Wickenburg, AZ Del E. Webb Ctr. For Perf. Arts
Fri 04/09/10 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall
Sat 04/10/10 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
Wed 04/14/10 Escondido, CA California Center For The Arts
Fri 04/16/10 Los Angeles, CA Royce Hall Auditorium
Sat 04/17/10 Irvine, CA Irvine Barclay Theatre
Tue 04/20/10 Arroyo Grande, CA Clark Center For Performing Arts
Wed 04/21/10 Davis, CA Mondavi Performing Arts Center
Thu 04/22/10 Davis, CA Mondavi Performing Arts Center
Fri 04/23/10 Berkeley, CA Zellerbach Auditorium
Sat 04/24/10 Modesto, CA Gallo Center For The Arts
Wed 04/28/10 Grants Pass, OR Rogue Theatre
Fri 04/30/10 Corvallis, OR Lasells Stewart Center
Sat 05/01/10 Kent, WA Kentwood High School P.A.C.
Sun 05/02/10 Bellingham, WA Mount Baker Theatre
Tue 05/04/10 Spokane, WA Metropolitan P.A.C.

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