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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Billy Bragg and Wilco - California Stars

From their first Woody Guthrie tribute album, Mermaid Avenue recorded in 1998.  Guthrie wrote and performed hundreds of songs but relatively few were ever recorded.  With no formal musical education most of his songs are only written lyrics.  Bragg and Wilco took two albums' worth of his songs and put them to music.  This is one of my favorites.  He wrote and recorded the iconic, "This Land is Your Land."  His guitar often bore the words, "This machine kills fascists."

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth.  Song of the Day dedicated to Chana, on the other side of the world.

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