Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames

Add Date: February 21 

Artist: Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames 

Album: New Multitudes 

Label: Rounder 

Genre: Folk, folk rock

Comments: Musical veterans Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Anders Parker (Gob Iron) and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket) have joined forces to release New Multitudes, a collection of tunes created out of previously unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics. The project was established upon the invitation of Guthrie's daughter, Nora, to comb through the folk legend's archives, all the way down to notebooks and even napkins that might have contained potential song ideas.

Needless to say, Guthrie is one of the most significant and influential figures in the history of American music--without him, you may never have heard of Dylan or Springsteen--and it's neat to see modern troubadours honoring his legacy with such a hands-on experiment. The songs on New Multitudes are pretty much exactly what you'd expect, with each of these four distinctive voices providing its own stamp on the music.

Start with tracks 5, 8, 4, 12 and 1.

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