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New Multitudes and the Ghost of Woody Guthrie

Nora Guthrie, daughter of folk legend Woody Guthrie, has a wonderful habit of inviting songwriters to look through her father’s notebooks, napkin scrawls and half-finished songs to see if there’s something that strikes a chord of inspiration with them. It’s a great way to carry on the folk tradition and lend sound to some of the material that Woody never could.

The product of one such perusing session, New Multitudes, an album by Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk), Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Gob Iron, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel) and Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron), is a loving tribute to Guthrie and a showcase for some of today’s great songwriters. Several years in the making, the album is warm, thoughtful and beautiful. It’s a joy to hear Guthrie’s lyrics filtered through the lens of today.

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