Label: Pye Golden Guinea Records - GGL 0265 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
With this series of vivid story-songs, Woody Guthrie made the dust storms that roiled the Southwest in the s a part of the American experience. They gave the dust dimension. Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, and like so many fleeing the dust in the s, moved to California.
These songs chronicle the hardships faced by the victims of Born To Lose - Elton Britt - Beyond The Sunset drought there, and the pain they felt having to abandon their homes.
When he recorded this set in New York inhis voice held traces of the dust, mixed, naturally, with indignation. He plays rudimentary guitar, and sings with little affectation save a parched dryness in his voice. ReissuedBuddha. The Vietnam vet is home, and struggling. His songs seem to be ambling along, Talking Dust Bowl - Various - The Folk Scene simplicity, and then wham, Prine shares a single telling detail, in this case a heroin habit, that gives his narrative urgency.
Once you digest this chilling, carefully wrought gem, there are a bunch of equally pointed and almost as great Prine records waiting. And as a result, they seeped into the consciousness of several generations of aspiring folk musicians and pop singer-songwriters. His shows became magnets for such fresh-off-the-bus musicians as Bob Dylan. A big man, his severe, husky voice was well suited to the style, as was his elemental, never flashy guitar accompaniment.
The two stellar albums repackaged on this disc, Folksinger and Inside Dave Van Ronkwere both recorded in April The first features just his voice and guitar, the second adds dulcimer, autoharp, and twelve-string guitar. They stand not just as a high point of his art, but among the most important artifacts of the folk revival: Where some of his peers were writing brainy and somewhat detached odes, Van Ronk was digging deep into the songbook of the American experience, and creating music that resonates in still-wrenching ways.
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