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Guthrie Still Resonates


From a post at NPR's Music blog discussing New Multitudes, a tribute to and celebration of Woody Guthrie: In honor of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, his daughter invited Jay Farrar (Son Volt and Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-Matic), Anders Parker (Varnaline), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket) to find lyrics from among Guthrie’s archives that spoke to them and put the words to music.

You can feel loneliness and heartache in every note of the Jim James-led “Empty Bed Blues.” The song is kept simple — just voices and acoustic guitars — to emphasize Guthrie’s lyrics about “stumblin’ home” and “singin’ the wrong kind of song.

Click through for a video performance of "Empty Bed Blues."