Jim James Teams Up with Members of Son Volt, Centro-matic for Woody Guthrie Tribute Album

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jan 11, 2012

Folk great Woody Guthrie has already received tributes from Wilco, Feist, Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Lou Reed and many others, in addition to being the focus of a in-development archive and museum in Tulsa, OK. It doesn't come as too much of a shock, then, to learn that Woody is set to receive yet another tribute album, this time from Yim Yames (aka Jim James) of My Morning Jacket, Jay Farrar of Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo, Will Johnson of Centro-matic, and Anders Parker of Varnaline.

Entitled, New Multitudes, the album takes a similar approach to past Guthrie tributes (most notably Mermaid Avenue) by featuring original songs based on unrecorded lyrics. It will be released on February 28 through Rounder Records.

The standard LP includes 12 songs, while a limited deluxe edition version expands that count up to 23 thanks to 11 additional tunes by Farrar and Parker.

Guthrie's daughter Nora said in a statement, "These guys worked on an amazing group of lyrics. Much of it culled from Woody's times in LA. Lyric wise, it's a part of the story that is still mostly unknown. From Woody's experiences on LA's skid row to his later years in Topanga Canyon, they are uniquely intimate, and relate two distinctly emotional periods in his life."

See the tracklist below, and check out the schedule for a handful of New Multitudes shows in the U.S. underneath that. At the bottom of the page is the gritty, folk rocking single "Old L.A.", so be sure to take a listen.

Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the tip.

New Multitudes:

1. "Hoping Machine"

2. "Fly High"

3. "My Revolutionary Mind"

4. "VD City"

5. "Old L.A."

6. "Talking Empty Bed Blues"

7. "Chorine"

8. "Careless Reckless Love"

9. "Angel's Blues"

10. "No Fear"

11. "Changing World"

12. "New Multitudes"

Tour dates:

3/6 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

3/7 Los Angeles, CA - Music Box

3/9 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

3/10 Seattle, WA - Showbox

3/12 Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere

3/13 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

3/14 New York, NY - Webster Hall

3/16 Boston, MA - Paradise

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