December 4, 2017

Dust Bowl Ballads Sung By Woody Guthrie

Folkways Records FH-5212

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1964
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Struggle & Protest
[Tracklist]
A1 Talkin' Dust Bowl Blues
A2 I'm Blowing Down
A3 Do Re Mi
A4 Dust Can't Kill Me
A5 Tom Joad
B1 The Great Dust Strom
B2 Dusty Old Dust
B3 Dust Bowl Refugee
B4 Dust Pneumonia Blues
B5 I Ain't Got No Home In This World Anymore
B6 Vigilante Man
[Credits]
Woody Guthrie (guitar/harmonica/vocals)
Designer: Ronald Clyne, Photographer: Arthur Rothstein
[Notes]
Recorded in 1940, and later reissued by Folkways Recordings in 1950, Guthrie’s first album chronicles the American Dust Bowl through his prosaic style of talking blues. Using only guitar and vocals, the album follows the exodus of Midwesterners headed for California and mirrors both Guthrie’s own life and John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath. Along the way, characters are forced into theft, murder, and unbearable hardship against a biblical backdrop of the American West. Hugely influential, Dust Bowl Ballads has been revered by Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. In Hard Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People, Steinbeck wrote of Guthrie: "Harsh voiced and nasal, his guitar hanging like a tire iron on a rusty rim, there is nothing sweet about Woody, and there is nothing sweet about the songs he sings. But there is something more important for those who will listen. There is the will of the people to endure and fight against oppression. I think we call this the American spirit."

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