American Radical Patriot

American Radical Patriot

by Woody GuthrieWoody Guthrie

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661913820
catalogNumber: 619138
Rank: 119528


Disc 1

  1. Lost Train
  2. Growing Up in Oklahoma
  3. The Railroad Blues
  4. More Talk of Growing Up in Okemah
  5. The Gang of Kids Woody Hung Around With
  6. Rye Whiskey
  7. Some Old-Time Square Dance Tunes
  8. Old Joe Clark
  9. Alan Lomax Asks for a Tune
  10. Beaumont Rag
  11. Alan Asks for Another One
  12. Green Valley Waltz aka Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Feet?
  13. The Troubles and Tragedies That Fractured Woody's Family in Okemah
  14. Greenback Dollar
  15. Lomax Asks About the Boll Weevil
  16. Boll Weevil
  17. Jailhouse Songs
  18. The Midnight Special
  19. When the Great Dust Storm Struck
  20. [CD-ROM Track]

Disc 2

  1. The End of the World
  2. So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh
  3. Dust Storms Devastate the Farmland
  4. Talking Dust Bowl
  5. Migrants Arrive in California
  6. Do Re Mi
  7. Hard Times
  8. Songs About Hard Times
  9. Bring Back to Me My Blue-Eyed Boy
  10. Songs About Outlaws
  11. Billy the Kid
  12. Billy the Kid and Pretty Boy Floyd
  13. Pretty Boy Floyd
  14. Jesse James
  15. Jesse James and His Boys
  16. Takin' It from the Rich and Givin' It to the Poor
  17. Jesus Christ
  18. Songs About Bankers
  19. The Jolly Banker
  20. Another Song About the Depredations of the Bankers
  21. I Ain't Got No Home
  22. Hundreds of Thousands Made Homeless
  23. Dirty Overhauls
  24. The Story of Mary Fagan
  25. Mary Fagan
  26. The Origins of the Song

Disc 3

  1. The Origins of the Song
  2. Chain Around My Leg
  3. Let's Sing Some Blues
  4. Nine Hundred Miles
  5. Worried Man Blues
  6. About the Worried Man Blues
  7. Lonesome Valley
  8. Railroad Blueses
  9. Walkin' Down That Railroad Line
  10. Interlude
  11. Goin' Down the Frisco Line
  12. Riding the Rails
  13. Going Down the Road
  14. Interlude
  15. Seven Cent Cotton
  16. Wish I'd Stayed in the Wagon Yard
  17. Interlude
  18. Dust Bowl Refugee
  19. Contractors Duping the Desperate
  20. The Dust Storm of April 14, 1935
  21. Dust Storm Disaster

Disc 4

  1. Breathing in Dust
  2. Dust Pneumonia Blues
  3. Leaving the Dust Bowl
  4. California Blues
  5. Jimmie Rodgers
  6. Migrants Arriving in California
  7. Do Re Mi
  8. Refugees Pouring into California
  9. Dust Bowl Refugee
  10. California as One of the 48 States
  11. Will Rogers Highway
  12. The Flood That Took Over 100 Lives
  13. Los Angeles New Year's Flood
  14. A Good Horse
  15. Stewball
  16. Interlude
  17. Stagger Lee
  18. Interlude
  19. One Dime Blues
  20. Interlude
  21. Git Along Little Dogies
  22. Interlude
  23. The Trail to Mexico
  24. Gypsy Davy
  25. Introducing an Old Song
  26. Hard Ain't It Hard

Disc 5

  1. Introduction
  2. Pastures of Plenty
  3. Oregon Trail
  4. Roll on Columbia
  5. New Found Land
  6. Talking Columbia
  7. Roll, Columbia, Roll
  8. Columbia's Waters
  9. Ramblin' Blues
  10. It Takes a Married Man to Sing a Worried Song
  11. Hard Travelin'
  12. The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum
  13. Jackhammer Blues
  14. Song of the Coulee Dam
  15. Grand Coulee Dam
  16. Washington Talkin' Blues
  17. Ramblin' Round
  18. Pastures of Plenty
  19. End of My Line
  20. The Sinking of the Reuben James
  21. Takin' It Easy
  22. Reckless Talk

Disc 6

  1. The Girl in the Red, White, and Blue
  2. Labor for Victory
  3. Farmer-Labor Train
  4. Jazz in America #93
  5. Whoopy Ti-Yi, Get Along, Mr. Hitler
  6. Jazz in America #116
  7. Sally, Don't You Grieve
  8. Narrator
  9. Dig a Hole
  10. VD Avenue
  11. Intro
  12. The Veedee Blues
  13. Intro
  14. Blessed and Curst
  15. A Case of V.D.
  16. V.D. Seaman's Letter
  17. V.D. City
  18. V.D. Day
  19. A Child of V.D.
  20. V.D. Gunner's Blues
  21. Brooklyne Towne
  22. Narrator
  23. The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum
  24. The Old Cracked Looking Glass
  25. Hard Times in the Durant Jail
  26. Empty Boxcar, My Home
  27. The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum

Disc 7

  1. Oregon Trail
  2. It Takes a Married Man to Sing a Worried Song
  3. Hard Travelin'
  4. Grand Coulee Dam
  5. Roll on, Columbia
  6. The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum
  7. Jackhammer Blues
  8. Pastures of Plenty
  9. Talking Columbia
  10. Ramblin' Round
  11. Washington Talkin' Blues

Disc 8

  1. V.D. City
  2. The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done aka The Great Historical Bum [1951

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Woody Guthrie   Primary Artist
Bob Dylan   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer,Lyricist,Adaptation,Drawing
Pete Seeger   Composer,Lyricist
Almanac Singers   Composer,Lyricist
Alan Lomax   Arranger,Adaptation
A.P. Carter   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer,Lyricist,Adaptation
John A. Lomax   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Bill Nowlin   Liner Notes
Julien Bruyninx   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bob Miller   Composer
Michael Majdic   Director,Producer
Lynette Boone   Production Crew
Denise Matthews   Director,Producer
Dan Miller   Production Crew
Andy Kirkpatrick   Production Crew

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