Americana music

Could there be a folk revival in the air?  In this year of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday celebration it seems that many classic rock artists are using the opportunity to help re-introduce this music to the masses.  Neil Young and Crazy Horse have just announced their new album, entitled Americana will, in their words be “a collection of classic, American folk songs. In their day, some of these may have been referred to as “protest songs”, “murder ballads”, or campfire-type songs passed down with universal, relatable tales for everyman.”   Here is song list.  I’m sure you’re familiar with at least 80% of these songs:

Oh Susannah
Clementine
Tom Dooley
Gallows Pole
Get A Job
Travel On
High Flyin’ Bird
She’ll Be Comin ‘Round The Mountain
This Land Is Your Land
Wayfarin’ Stranger
God Save The Queen

I seem to mention him in every post now but last week, Bruce Springsteen along with members of The Arcade Fire, Joe Ely, Tom Morello, Eric Burden, Alejandro Escovedo and The Low Anthem got together to sing “This Land Is Your Land”

 

This week is the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s debut album.  The good people at Amnesty International have put together a video of Dylan mentor, Pete Seeger  singing “Forever Young” and have started a grassroots effort to get the 92-year-old Seeger back on the charts.  This would make him the oldest person to get on the Billboard charts passing that kid, 85-year-old Tony Bennett.  As with all activities there is the requisite  website called Forever Pete, a Twitter Feed and a Facebook page.  He performs the song with the help of  New York based, Rivertown Kids children’s choir. It’s still a classic song and the updated version sounds like something Mumford and Sons could put together.  Let’s get that Folk revival rolling and get Pete on the charts! Proceeds from all sales go to Amnesty International.   You can purchase the song right here.

 

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