A tribute to Woody Guthrie titled New Multitudes is slated to be released on Feb. 28 and will feature My Morning Jacket’s Yim Yames, Son Volt’s Jay Farrar and Centro-matic’s Will Johnson.
The album will feature interpretations of unrecorded Guthrie lyrics and is set to coincide with the centennial celebration of Guthrie’s birth year. Guthrie was born July 14, 1912.
The album will be released on Rounder Records and will feature 12 tracks. A limited edition release of the album will include 11 additional compositions from Farrar and Anders Parker of Varnaline.
Under the invitation of Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, each artist was allowed to go through the songwriter’s notebooks and scratch pads to gain insight on the artist and his unfinished work.
“These guys worked on an amazing group of lyrics,” Nora Guthrie said in a press release. “Much of it was culled from Woody’s times in L.A. Lyric wise, it’s a part of the story that is still mostly unknown. From Woody’s experiences on LA’s skid row to his later years in Topanga Canyon, they are uniquely intimate, and relate two distinctly emotional periods in his life.”
You can check out the album’s Facebook page here.