Jonatha Brooke set to release album of Woody Guthrie lyrics

June 25, 2008  |  10:21am
Singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke, after setting a couple of Woody Guthrie's lyrics to music for a benefit concert at the invite of Guthrie's daughter, has gone back into the vault. She returns with a full-length album of original music she's written and performed underneath Guthrie's previously unheard lyrics. The record, entitled The Works, releases Aug. 26 via Bad Dog Records.

The Works seems an appropriate title, considering the breadth of musical talent brought in to work on the record. It was co-produced by Brooke and Bob Clearmountain, who has worked with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones, and features appearances by instrumentalists who have played with everyone from Eric Clapton to Joni Mitchell to Wilco: keyboardist Joe Sample, bassist Christian McBride, drummer Steve Gadd and steel guitarist Greg Leisz. Brooke also performs duets with Eric Bazilian, Glen Phillips and Keb' Mo'.

The new recording will be the followup to Brooke's 2007 release, Careful What You Wish For. It will be her sixth full-length studio record; she has albums stretching back to 1995's Plumb when she recorded under the moniker Jonatha Brooke & The Story.

The last record to emerge from the Woody Guthrie Archives, which have been open to the public since 1996, was the 1998 Billy Bragg/Wilco adventure Mermaid Avenue (and its subsequent Volume II).

Related links:
JonathaBrooke.com
WoodyGuthrie.org
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