Friday, February 17, 2012
A Record a Week: Arlo Guthrie - Hobo's Lullaby
THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
LIGHTNING BAR BLUES
SHACKLES AND CHAINS
SOMEBODY TURNED ON THE LIGHT
WHEN THE SHIP COMES IN
MAPLEVIEW (20% RAG)
DAYS ARE SHORT
Well, this could hardly be more of a change from last week's record in so many ways. Style of music, amount of production, you name it.
This is a great folk record by the son of classic folk artist Woody Guthrie. The album consists mostly of cover songs, but Guthrie has blended them all to his style, creating a cohesive mix. Given that the music I grew up with was littered with politics and folk, it is surprising I am not familiar with this artist. His career began with a stab at the Vietnam war draft that spanned the precise duration of a missing chunk in the Watergate tapes. With all of the Dylan, Mitchell and countless other political folk music I heard as a kid, I certainly should have heard more of this. Perhaps I did and it was another record.
The album has an interesting mix of instrumentation and contains Guthrie's largest commercial hit, his cover of The City of New Orleans. It works well both as nice background music and also as an album to listen intently to and enjoy the well executed playing (including some excellent fiddling and slide guitar).