CD: SARA LEE GUTHRIE’s “Go Waggaloo”

November 12th, 2009, 3:28 pm by Greg

Smithsonian Folkways, 2009:

“It’s no small feat to create a record that will hold the attention of someone who is not used to listening to records,” writes Arlo Guthrie in the introduction to “Go Waggaloo.” “If you do it right, it’s a treasure.”

waggalooAnd with this, her first children’s album, Arlo’s daughter got it right. The 13-track “Go Waggaloo” features Sarah Lee Guthrie, her husband Johnny Irion, their two daughters, and a host of other family and friends, including her father Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Pete’s grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger. The album also includes original drawings by Woody Guthrie on the CD cover and booklet.

There are a couple of traditional tunes (including “She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain”), but the bulk of the bakers’ dozen selections are original tunes by Guthrie and her family. Of special note are three songs featuring lyrics by her grandfather Woody Guthrie that had never been set to music before – “Bright Clear Day,” “Fox and the Goose” and the album’s title track.

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