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Editors’ Notes

There is no other Woody Guthrie collection more essential than this one. My Dusty Road spills over with an outstanding selection of 54 songs that best exemplify the man’s musical legacy as a folk pioneer, a political upstart, and a huge musical influence on everybody from Bob Dylan to Wilco and beyond. But more importantly, you’re not going to find any recordings of Woody that sound more pristine and intimate than this, because these come directly from original tapes unearthed during the summer of 2004 in a Brooklyn basement. In the mid-‘90s, a woman named Lucia Sutera inherited boxes containing the remains of Stinson Records which she let collect dust for years before discovering 150 tin canisters, each containing well-preserved original 78-rpm metal masters of songs Woody had recorded in 1944 with Cisco Houston on second guitar and Sonny Terry on harmonica. The clarity of these recordings is astounding. Listen to his upfront voice on “This Land Is Your Land” or his melodic picking on “Stackolee” and hear for yourself. Even Woody’s daughter Nora Guthrie went on record to say that for the very first time, her father sounds “…as if he was just a few feet away.”

Customer Reviews

Exciting new collection

One would think that this new set of many old standards would be a simple reissuance of material that had been released in other forms before. That is not true. The four CDs on this set are a good compilation of the broad range of contributions that Woody made to American music - from the labor and depression ballads to standards like John Henry. A lot of Woody's material was recorded on primitive equipment and not remastered to assure authenticity. This collection does not make that mistake. You get a good sense of Woody's range. I am enormously appreciative that someone found this old stuff and bothered to clean it up and release it. You can hear Brownie Terry and Sonny McGee on some cuts. The whole set is a real treat!


Found you Margo.

"The Hard Traveling Troubador!"

.."That Great Oklahoma Songwriter!".."My Dusty Road" is worth Traveling Down for so many reasons!-Woody Guthrie (The Man) is largely forgotten today; But Woody's Songs that he Wrote & Popularized have gone on to Influence several Generations of "Singer-Songwriters!"-{We just watched an "American Masters" program about the Up & Down Life of Woody Guthrie; Whose Star Burned So Brightly for such a Short but Productive Time!}-Here are 55 reasons why; Ranging from: Protest; Blues; Children's; Religious; Country & Populist Styles!-From Seeger to Dylan To Springsteen to Today; Come Under the Magic Spell of Woody Guthrie! Grimmbo.


Born: July 14, 1912 in Okemah, OK

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

Woody Guthrie was the most important American folk music artist of the first half of the 20th century, in part because he turned out to be such a major influence on the popular music of the second half of the 20th century, a period when he himself was largely inactive. His greatest significance lies in his songwriting, beginning with the standard "This Land Is Your Land" and including such much-covered works as "Deportee," "Do Re Mi," "Grand Coulee Dam," "Hard, Ain't It Hard," "Hard Travelin'," "I...
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