Woody Guthrie: American Radical Patriot

Track List

>Lost Train
>Growing Up in Oklahoma
>Railroad Blues, The
>More Talk of Growing Up in Okemah
>Gang of Kids Woody Hung Around With, The
>Rye Whiskey
>Some Old-Time Square Dance Tunes
>Old Joe Clark
>Alan Lomax Asks for a Tune
>Beaumont Rag
>Alan Asks for Another One
>Green Valley Waltz aka Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Feet?
>Troubles and Tragedies That Fractured Woody's Family in Okemah, The
>Greenback Dollar
>Lomax Asks About the Boll Weevil
>Boll Weevil
>Jailhouse Songs
>Midnight Special, The
>When the Great Dust Storm Struck
>[CD-ROM Track]
>End of the World, The
>So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh
>Dust Storms Devastate the Farmland
>Talking Dust Bowl
>Migrants Arrive in California
>Do Re Mi
>Hard Times
>Songs About Hard Times
>Bring Back to Me My Blue-Eyed Boy
>Songs About Outlaws
>Billy the Kid
>Billy the Kid and Pretty Boy Floyd
>Pretty Boy Floyd
>Jesse James
>Jesse James and His Boys
>Takin' It from the Rich and Givin' It to the Poor
>Jesus Christ
>Songs About Bankers
>Jolly Banker, The
>Another Song About the Depredations of the Bankers
>I Ain't Got No Home
>Hundreds of Thousands Made Homeless
>Dirty Overhauls
>Story of Mary Fagan, The
>Mary Fagan
>Origins of the Song, The
>Origins of the Song [Continued], The
>Chain Around My Leg
>Let's Sing Some Blues
>Nine Hundred Miles
>Worried Man Blues
>About the Worried Man Blues
>Lonesome Valley
>Railroad Blueses
>Walkin' Down That Railroad Line
>Interlude
>Goin' Down the Frisco Line
>Riding the Rails
>Going Down the Road
>Interlude
>Seven Cent Cotton
>Wish I'd Stayed in the Wagon Yard
>Interlude
>Dust Bowl Refugee
>Contractors Duping the Desperate
>Dust Storm of April 14, 1935, The
>Dust Storm Disaster
>Breathing in Dust
>Dust Pneumonia Blues
>Leaving the Dust Bowl
>California Blues
>Jimmie Rodgers
>Migrants Arriving in California
>Do Re Mi
>Refugees Pouring into California
>Dust Bowl Refugee
>California as One of the 48 States
>Will Rogers Highway
>Flood That Took Over 100 Lives, The
>Los Angeles New Year's Flood
>Good Horse, A
>Stewball
>Interlude
>Stagger Lee
>Interlude
>One Dime Blues
>Interlude
>Git Along Little Dogies
>Interlude
>Trail to Mexico, The
>Gypsy Davy
>Introducing an Old Song
>Hard Ain't It Hard
>Introduction
>Pastures of Plenty
>Oregon Trail
>Roll on Columbia
>New Found Land
>Talking Columbia
>Roll, Columbia, Roll
>Columbia's Waters
>Ramblin' Blues
>It Takes a Married Man to Sing a Worried Song
>Hard Travelin'
>Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum, The
>Jackhammer Blues
>Song of the Coulee Dam
>Grand Coulee Dam
>Washington Talkin' Blues
>Ramblin' Round
>Pastures of Plenty
>End of My Line
>Sinking of the Reuben James, The
>Takin' It Easy
>Reckless Talk
>Girl in the Red, White, and Blue, The
>Labor for Victory
>Farmer-Labor Train
>Jazz in America #93
>Whoopy Ti-Yi, Get Along, Mr. Hitler
>Jazz in America #116
>Sally, Don't You Grieve
>Narrator
>Dig a Hole
>VD Avenue
>Intro
>Veedee Blues, The
>Intro
>Blessed and Curst
>Case of V.D., A
>V.D. Seaman's Letter
>V.D. City
>V.D. Day
>Child of V.D., A
>V.D. Gunner's Blues
>Brooklyne Towne
>Narrator
>Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum, The
>Old Cracked Looking Glass, The
>Hard Times in the Durant Jail
>Empty Boxcar, My Home
>Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum, The
>Oregon Trail
>It Takes a Married Man to Sing a Worried Song
>Hard Travelin'
>Grand Coulee Dam
>Roll on, Columbia
>Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum, The
>Jackhammer Blues
>Pastures of Plenty
>Talking Columbia
>Ramblin' Round
>Washington Talkin' Blues
>V.D. City
>Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum [1951 Home Recording], The

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Bill Nowlin.

Photographer: Bill Murlin.

Woody Guthrie was not a simple man, and he was driven by energies and demons that even he often didn't understand, but he persisted, pushing himself across every possible creative medium of the times, and his life's work, which begins with his songs (but covers so much more, including an iconic autobiography that was later turned into a movie), made him into one of the most important and vital American artists of the 20th century. He defined an era and culture in transition in his Dust Bowl ballads, outlaw tales, work and labor songs, antiwar songs, children's songs, political songs, and a host of love songs and songs that touched on philosophy, geography, and the hard work of living day to day in an emerging industrial world. He was kind of a maverick troubadour beat journalist, writing and drawing constantly, and new poems, writings, drawings, and even previously unknown songs and recordings have kept turning up even a decade into the 21st century. He was a complicated whirl of energy, and his politics weren't that simple, either. Usually portrayed as a left-leaning Communist, his mind was too restless to be pinned down to any "ism" for very long, and he was really more of a populist and patriot in the Walt Whitman tradition, believing completely in the equality and level playing field that the Founding Fathers promised America would be, and siding with hard-working families and the desperately poor when America turned out to be infested with legions of bankers, lawyers, and politicians. This six-disc set presents Guthrie's complete sessions for the Library of Congress and Alan Lomax, as well as the songs he was commissioned to write by the Bonneville Power Administration, plus a handful of songs he wrote for the government's VD education program, and a series of radio skits and other programs he made for the Office of War Information during the Second World War. It presents Guthrie as an American patriot, and one can hardly argue with the designation. He was in the service of his country for all of these recordings, and the key thing to note is that he changed nothing in his approach or delivery to give that service. Guthrie truly believed that songs should be of social service, and when the country asked for his songs, he brought them, as any patriot would. That dozens of these songs are enduring, beautiful, and wise makes Guthrie even more than that. It makes him an American treasure. ~ Steve Leggett



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