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Smithsonian Folkways Rolls Out Woody Guthrie’s “Roll Columbia”

Woody Guthrie Roll ColumbiaWe’re proud to present our new release, the two-disc Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs, which marks the latest chapter in Smithsonian Folkways’ rich history with the iconic songwriter.

Del & Woody - A Review

Del and WoodyDel McCoury has put together an exciting new project, Del & Woody, comprising a dozen original lyrics of legendary folk artist Woody Guthrie that are set to music by bluegrass artist Del McCoury. The project, a brainchild of Nora Guthrie, Woody's daugher, came to completion earlier this year. Del has worked on varied and diverse projects and this would a good fit as the music has similar roots.

Woody Guthrie Reaches Top Of Sales Chart For First Time Ever

Del and WoodyNashville, TN -- Del McCoury Band’s Del & Woody, a collection of lyrics left behind by Woody Guthrie and put to music by McCoury, reached #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. As best we can tell (with help from the Woody Guthrie Center), a few songs of Woody’s have charted on radio before, but no project that included only his songs has ever risen to the top of the Billboard album chart. McCoury—who at 77 is no stranger to the top of the charts himself—says he is proud that it was his unique collaboration with the world-acclaimed folk bard of the depression that pulled Woody to the top.

New Album, “Del and Woody” to be Released April 15th

Del and WoodyNashville, TN – Del McCoury is at it again. At 77 years young he is still very excited about music and creating projects that will be enjoyed by generations to come. This one might just be the most talked about as it’s rare for two artists to team up on music separated by 70+ years…some of these lyrics were written the year Del was born, but with Woody’s timeless lyrics, and Del’s timeless sound, nothing matters but the songs.

Del McCoury Embarks on Landmark Woody Guthrie Project

Del and WoodyNashville, TN -- Del McCoury is at it again. At 77 years young he is still very excited about music and creating projects that will be enjoyed by generations to come. This one might just be the most talked about as it’s rare for two artists to team up on music separated by 70+ years...some of these lyrics were written the year Del was born, but with Woody’s timeless lyrics, and Del’s timeless sound, nothing matters but the songs.

“The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice” at ICMC 2014

Diane Diekman, shown with James Akenson and Don CusicNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is gearing up for their 2014 event. Each year, the ICMC presents topics of interest on bluegrass and traditional country music. The ICMC will do the ‘Big Reveal’ for the ICMC 2014 Thursday evening 22 May keynote event. Of course, the preceding social hour—with some great food—will feature socializing and informal picking. We are very pleased to announce that long term ICMC friend Ron Cohen of Indiana University Northwest and internationally known singer songwriter, activist Si Kahn will be presenting “The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice.” Ron Cohen has numerous books on the Folk Revival such as “Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970” and related topics and has frequently presented at ICMC. Cybergrass regularly covers the ICMC which frequently has quality bluegrass subject matter.

Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot Due October 22

American Radical PatriotBoston, MA -- Woody Guthrie may be more popular in the 21st century than he ever was in the 20th. The unexpected success of Mermaid Avenue — the 1998 and 2000 albums of Woody Guthrie lyrics set to music by Billy Bragg, Wilco and others —have sparked a resurgence of interest in Guthrie’s own recordings. Several fine anthologies have been released in this new century, but only this year has the ultimate treasure trove of the songwriter’s earliest recordings been unlocked and shared with the wider world.

Del McCoury Band to Premier “Del & Woody” at Caramoor Roots Fest

Del McCoury BandOn Saturday, June 29th at The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts – Venetian Theater, The Del McCoury Band will headline Caramoor’s American Roots Music Festival – a daylong celebration of folk, string band, country, blues, gospel, and bluegrass music. The concert will mark the world premiere and the only New York performance of The Del McCoury Bands new project, “Del & Woody” featuring unheard and unsung words of Guthrie set to music by Del himself.

"Woody Guthrie at 100 Live at the Kennedy Center" Deluxe CD-DVD To Be Released

Woody at 100 CoverNew York, NY -- Woody Guthrie at 100 Live at the Kennedy Center pays homage to the artistry of American folk musician Woody Guthrie. This new CD+DVD commemorative package captures the historic all-star concert staged in his honor last October in Washington, DC. Featuring performances from Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Judy Collins, Jeff Daniels (reading a letter, not singing), Ani DiFranco, Donovan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Mellencamp, Tom Morello, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams, and many others, the set will be available June 11, 2013 through Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

Elizabeth Mitchell Earns First Grammy Nomination With 'Little Seed' From Smithsonian Folkways

Little SeedSmithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Elizabeth Mitchell earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Children’s Album with Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie. Released in June 2012 as part of the Woody at 100 celebration, the album reflects Mitchell’s personal connection to Guthrie’s music and her adventurous approach to arranging and interpreting traditional songs. A chance discovery of a vinyl copy of Guthrie’s album Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child in a record store twenty years ago inspired Mitchell to embark on the path of making music for children. In Little Seed’s extensive liner notes she writes, “Woody Guthrie's songs for children are a gift to all of us. At this point in my life, they are a part of me, part of my family...these fragments of sweetness and mystery touch our souls. These songs have been part of my journey from being a teacher in New York City to singing concerts in the Redwood Forests of California....”

Appleseed Recordings Releases 2 Albums from Pete Seeger via AirPlay Direct

Pete Seeger Remembers WoodyFolk/Activist icon Pete Seeger, 93, surveys past, present and future on two new CDs. A More Perfect Union, which includes guest appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, and Dar Williams, contains 14 fresh songs that present Pete's and longtime friend and fellow songwriter Lorre Wyatt's responses to recent political, economic and environmental issues alongside gentler appreciations of life’s good moments, meditations on the future, and exhortations to individual action.

Smithsonian Folkways Celebrates Woody Guthrie Centennial Saturday, July 14th

Woody at 100Saturday, July 14, 2012, would have been the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, one of America's most influential 20th-century musicians. In honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial, Smithsonian Folkways presents an in-depth commemorative collection of songs, photos, and essays.

Woody Guthrie's Children's Songs Re-Imagined By Elizabeth Mitchell On 'Little Seed'

Little SeedOn July 10, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release Elizabeth Mitchell's 'Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie,' featuring re-imagined renditions of 13 kid-friendly Guthrie classics. The only album of Guthrie's children's songs coinciding with the Woody Guthrie Centennial (www.woodyat100.com), 'Little Seed' pays tribute to the legendary songwriter's uncanny ability to inhabit both the perspective of a loving, protective parent and the voice of a freewheeling child. The album includes thoughtful versions of children's songs "Riding in My Car," "Grassy Grass Grass," and "Bling Blang." Mitchell also shares her version of "This Land Is Your Land," Guthrie's signature song that many people consider a second national anthem.

Smithsonian Folkways Commemorates Woody Guthrie Centennial With 'Woody At 100'

Woody at 100Washington, DC -- In honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial, a year-long celebration of Woody's 100th birthday, Smithsonian Folkways presents an in-depth commemorative collection of songs, photos and essays on one of America's most treasured 20th-century icons. Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection is a 150-page large-format book containing three CDs with 57 tracks, including Woody's most important recordings such as the complete version of "This Land Is Your Land," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Pastures of Plenty," "Hard Travelin'," "Jesus Christ," "I Ain't Got No Home in This World Anymore," and "Riding in My Car." The set also contains 21 previously unreleased performances and six never-before-heard original songs, including Woody's first known — and recently discovered — recordings from 1939. border=0 height=200 width=205 /

John McCutcheon: This Land: Woody Guthrie's America Out Today, Nov 15th

 Woody Guthrie's AmericaWhen folk musician John McCutcheon got his first guitar he pedaled down to his local public library in search of an instruction book and stumbled upon Woody Guthrie Folksongs. Thus began a lifetime of instruction that comes full-circle in his 35th recording, This Land: Woody Guthrie's America.

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