With July 4th in the middle of the week, it feels like there is little time to truly celebrate the holiday. However, it is possible to continue celebrating America’s history with Smithsonian Folkways’ release of Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, on July 10th.
Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 on July 14th, 2012, wrote songs that even 60 years later Americans know all the lyrics to. Many have even embraced his song “This Land Is Your Land” as America’s second national anthem. A father, a worker, an artist, a writer and a traveler, Woody left, and continues to leave, his mark on history, music and culture.
Now you will have the opportunity to learn about the American icon behind the lyrics that have defined our country for decades. The collection contains 65 tracks including classics such as “This Land Is Your Land,” “Pretty Boy Floyd,” and “Riding My Car,” as well as 21 previously unreleased performance and six never-before-heard original songs.
So start your Independence Day celebration early by visiting the Smithsonian Folkway’s website to listen to the unreleased original song “Them Big City Ways” and then buy the digital download from Amazon.com.
Still can’t get enough of Woody? Visit the Woody 100 site to learn more about the year-long celebration of his 100th birthday.