Chances are that if you attended an American school, you sang "This Land Is Your Land" as a kid. But hearing it in Guthrie's Registry-approved original version, recorded for Moe Asch's Folkways label in 1944, gives it a plainspoken weight that reaffirms its primacy.
By Douglas Wolk on 01.29.14 in Spotlights
Pete Seeger's contributions to American music were so titanic that it's easy to overlook them, or to assume they've always been there. To many, the folk singer, who died January 28 at the age of 94, was simply the old ma...
By John Morthland on 12.04.13 in Spotlights
How important a figure was Dave Van Ronk on the Greenwich Village folk scene in its heyday? Consider the description of Bob Dylan, who was befriended by Van Ronk upon his arrival in New York in 1961, in his own memoir, C...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 05.23.13 in Reviews
The Smithsonian Folkways collection is a musical treasure, a chance to wander down the byways of music not only from America, but all parts of the globe. From Woody Guthrie to Leadbelly to Elizabeth Cotten, the label is...
By Peter Blackstock on 07.10.12 in Reviews
How to honor Woody Guthrie on the 100th anniversary of his birth? It's no easy feat finding focus for a subject whose body of work practically defines "iconic." The depth and range of this three-disc collection seeks not...