The website Team Coco is streaming the entire New Multitudes Woody Guthrie album, which is new songs written with Woody Guthrie’s lyrics not previously used in songs. Members of The New Multitudes are Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Gob Iron, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk).
First, Billy Bragg and Wilco mined some Woody Guthrie lyrics for the Mermaid Avenue albums. Now Yim Yames, Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, Centro-matic leader Will Jonson, and Gob Iron guy Anders Parker banded together to do the same thing. Here’s the first ‘new’ song created using some old Woody Guthrie lyrics. It’s called “Old LA” and is the first release from New Multitudes, set for a release next month: