Jay Farrar [of Son Volt], Will Johnson [of Centro-matic], Anders Parker [of Gob Iron] and 'Yim Yames' [of My Morning Jacket...no one is quite sure why he insists on being called that] have collaborated on a brand new album, New Multitudes. It's based on the unrecorded lyrics of Woody Guthrie, and it's due out on 2/28 on Rounder Records.
And there's a sweet backstory to all this...
Under the invitation of Nora Guthrie [Woody’s daughter] to tour her father's archives, each of the four songwriters were offered the chance to plumb and mine the plethora of notebooks, scratch pads, napkins, etc. for anything that might inspire them to lend their voices and give the words new life.
Set to coincide with the centennial celebration of Woody Guthrie’s birth year, New Multitudes will be released as a 12-track release and a whopping 23 track deluxe limited edition. The limited edition features original Guthrie lyric sheets, the 12 track release, and 11 additional compositions recorded by Farrar and Parker. The album will also be available on vinyl.
Grab the first amazing track off this album below.
FarrarParkerJohnsonYames - Old L.A.
weird name for a group..but then again it is a one time thing.