1. Ken Tucker reviews Carlene Carter's new album Carter Girl, an album that offers “a fresh take on classic songs:”

 What Carlene Carter does on this album is significant. She doesn’t approach these old songs as sacred relics to be enshrined with pious respect. Rather, she treats them like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about, and re-imagined. Take, for example, “Lonesome Valley.” It’s a song that was itself an interpretation of a public-domain composition when the Carter Family recorded it, and has subsequently been sung many different ways, by Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, and on the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou, to name just a few. Carlene has taken back the song, added some of her own lyrics about deaths in her family, plays some wonderful piano, and sings harmony on the chorus with Vince Gill. In the process, she comes up with her own excellent piece of work.


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    Ken Tucker reviews Carlene Carter's new album Carter Girl, an album that offers “a fresh take on classic songs:”

     What Carlene Carter does on this album is significant. She doesn’t approach these old songs as sacred relics to be enshrined with pious respect. Rather, she treats them like living, vital pieces of art that can withstand being taken apart, thought about, and re-imagined. Take, for example, “Lonesome Valley.” It’s a song that was itself an interpretation of a public-domain composition when the Carter Family recorded it, and has subsequently been sung many different ways, by Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, and on the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers film O Brother Where Art Thou, to name just a few. Carlene has taken back the song, added some of her own lyrics about deaths in her family, plays some wonderful piano, and sings harmony on the chorus with Vince Gill. In the process, she comes up with her own excellent piece of work.

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  1. Photo: Pete Seeger's homemade banjo with inscription, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” 

Pete Seeger is one of the most important figures in the history of American folk music.  In the notes to the box set “Washington Square Memoirs,” musicologist Cary Ginell writes that, ”the image of  Seeger, with his homemade long-neck five string banjo, is synonymous with folk music… Today, only Woody Guthrie equals his status as a folk music icon.”  He believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause.  Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. 

Terry Gross spoke to the folk legend in 1985. Today we rebroadcast the interview in memory of him.  View in High-Res

    Photo: Pete Seeger's homemade banjo with inscription, “This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender.” 

    Pete Seeger is one of the most important figures in the history of American folk music.  In the notes to the box set “Washington Square Memoirs,” musicologist Cary Ginell writes that, ”the image of  Seeger, with his homemade long-neck five string banjo, is synonymous with folk music… Today, only Woody Guthrie equals his status as a folk music icon.”  He believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause.  Seeger died Monday at the age of 94. 

    Terry Gross spoke to the folk legend in 1985. Today we rebroadcast the interview in memory of him. 

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  1. When this list of Woody Guthrie’s “New Year’s Rulin’s” popped up on the internet a year ago, it became an instant classic of the season. Which means that the time  has rolled around to remember it, reread it and take it again to heart. There’s a rulin’ on it to suit just about anybody because it never hurts to be reminded “Don’t get lonesome,” “Stay glad,” “Dream good” and “Love everybody.” Also, “Wash teeth if any.”
Happy New Year everybody!
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    When this list of Woody Guthrie’s “New Year’s Rulin’s” popped up on the internet a year ago, it became an instant classic of the season. Which means that the time  has rolled around to remember it, reread it and take it again to heart. There’s a rulin’ on it to suit just about anybody because it never hurts to be reminded “Don’t get lonesome,” “Stay glad,” “Dream good” and “Love everybody.” Also, “Wash teeth if any.”

    Happy New Year everybody!

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  1. Posted on 12 July, 2012

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A happy 100 to Mr. Guthrie on saturday.

Fresh Air Celebrates Woody’s 100th

    floodedgus:

    A happy 100 to Mr. Guthrie on saturday.

    Fresh Air Celebrates Woody’s 100th

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  1. This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ours, cause we don’t give a darn. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do

    — Message on mimeographed copies of lyrics distributed by Woody Guthrie to fans in the 1930s (via oracionessucias)

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  1. Posted on 11 July, 2012

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Woody Guthrie’s unpublished novel will be published next year, with a little help from Johnny Depp.
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    theparisreview:

    Woody Guthrie’s unpublished novel will be published next year, with a little help from Johnny Depp.

    (Source: The New York Times)

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  1. Posted on 11 July, 2012

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Celebrate the Woody Guthrie centennial with a Folk Alley mix of Guthrie’s greatest songs, plus music from the musicians he inspired, like Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco and Old Crow Medicine Show.
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    nprmusic:

    Celebrate the Woody Guthrie centennial with a Folk Alley mix of Guthrie’s greatest songs, plus music from the musicians he inspired, like Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco and Old Crow Medicine Show.

    Illustration: Aaron Meshon for eMusic (embiggen)

    Tomorrow Fresh Air celebrates Woody Guthrie!

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  1. Posted on 2 July, 2012

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Woody Guthrie’s business card from his time at KFVD Los Angeles as co-host of the Woody and Lefty Lou show. 
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    americanroutes:

    (via My Dust Road Boxed Set, Rounder Records)

    Woody Guthrie’s business card from his time at KFVD Los Angeles as co-host of the Woody and Lefty Lou show. 

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Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Rulin’s, 1942. (via). See also Johnny Cash’s to-do list and David Foster Wallace on the philosophical depth of country music.
Work more and better
Work by a schedule
Wash teeth if any
Shave
Take bath
Eat good - fruit - vegetables - milk
Drink very scant if any
Write a song a day
Wear clean clothes - look good
Shine shoes
Change socks
Change bed clothes often
Read lots good books
Listen to radio a lot
Learn people better
Keep rancho clean
Don’t get lonesome
Stay glad
Keep hoping machine running
Dream good
Bank all extra money
Save dough
Have company but don’t waste time
Send Mary and kids money
Play and sing good
Dance better
Help win war - beat fascism
Love Mama
Love Papa
Love Pete
Love everybody
Make up your mind
Wake up and fight 

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    mlarson:

    Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Rulin’s, 1942. (via). See also Johnny Cash’s to-do list and David Foster Wallace on the philosophical depth of country music.

    1. Work more and better
    2. Work by a schedule
    3. Wash teeth if any
    4. Shave
    5. Take bath
    6. Eat good - fruit - vegetables - milk
    7. Drink very scant if any
    8. Write a song a day
    9. Wear clean clothes - look good
    10. Shine shoes
    11. Change socks
    12. Change bed clothes often
    13. Read lots good books
    14. Listen to radio a lot
    15. Learn people better
    16. Keep rancho clean
    17. Don’t get lonesome
    18. Stay glad
    19. Keep hoping machine running
    20. Dream good
    21. Bank all extra money
    22. Save dough
    23. Have company but don’t waste time
    24. Send Mary and kids money
    25. Play and sing good
    26. Dance better
    27. Help win war - beat fascism
    28. Love Mama
    29. Love Papa
    30. Love Pete
    31. Love everybody
    32. Make up your mind
    33. Wake up and fight

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  1. I was running the folk archive there when the archive was shut down by a rabid born-again Southerner who attacked it because we had recorded that cantankerous, rambling ballad-maker Woody Guthrie. He just then, by the way, recorded “This Land Is Your Land” and I recorded it for the Library of Congress. But they were so severe about it that they cut the whole Library of Congress appropriation out. Later it was put back but the archive didn’t recover for many years.

    — Folklorist Alan Lomax, on the Library of Congress folk archive being censored for recording Woody Guthrie, in an interview that originally aired on Fresh Air in 1990.

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