Sunday, March 18, 2012

Jay Farrar, Yim Yames, Will Johnson and Anders Parker - New Multitudes (2012)

Messrs Will Johnson, Jay Farrar, Yim Yames and Anders Parker

Legendary American singer-songwriter and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductee Woody Guthrie's seminal lyrics have again taken center stage for another project by Messrs Will Johnson (Centro-matic/Monsters of Folk), Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo/Son Volt), Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket/Monsters of Folk) and Anders Parker (Varnaline/Space Needle).

Commemorating the centennial year of Guthrie's birthday, the band set music to Guthrie's lyrics much like Wilco & Billy Bragg did with Mermaid Avenue I & II (1998 & 2000).

Jay Farrar's original vision in 2006 started as a solo project.  He approached Nora Guthrie who oversees the Woody Guthrie Foundation.  A year later, Jay begun combing through some of the 3000 lyrics with Anders and was later joined by Yim and Will in 2009.  The album was slated for a 2011 release, but was completed too late.
Love these slow-cooked projects which are accorded the respect, love and attention it so fully deserves.

An album of sepia-tinged Country, Electric-Blues, full of warm earnest beauty and emotional depth.

Preview the album here via Soundcloud & Rolling Stone Magazine.

Daytrotter session here.

Absolute gem.

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