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Woody Guthrie Singles - Limited Edition!

by Blackfire

Blackfire, Native American award winning alter-Native punk trio of 2 brothers and their sister, interpret unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics, connecting the the past and present movements of socially conscious music. Limited Edition CD single.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mean Things Happenin' in This World
Blackfire/Woody Guthrie
5:01 $0.99
2. Corn Song
Blackfire/Woody Guthrie
2:57 $0.99
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Flagstaff, AZ - Independent Alter-Native post-punk Dine¹ (Navajo) trio BLACKFIRE have composed and recorded music for two previously unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics unearthed from the Woody Guthrie Archives in New York City.

"It¹s sort of strange to be collaborating with Woody Guthrie," said Clayson Benally, drummer and back-up vocalist for BLACKFIRE, "he¹s an American folk icon who wrote such classics as "This land is your land" and "Pastures of Plenty". We are honored to have the opportunity to build a bridge between the past and present movements of socially conscious political music."

"Woody wrote thousands of songs but only recorded a small percentage of them, so we were blown away when Nora Guthrie (Woody Guthrie¹s daughter) asked us to look through the archives and write music for some songs." says Klee Benally guitarist and vocalist for BLACKFIRE. "There¹s so much history in the archives of the struggles during Woody¹s time, it was surprising to see how much many of those issues still affect us today."

The first track, "Mean Things Happening in this World," is a passionate cry for peace written over 60 years ago. "Even though, this song was written well before I was born, Woody¹s lyrics remind me that we are part of a movement for peace that didn¹t just begin today or in the 60¹s", says Jeneda Benally Bassist and vocalist for the group.

The second track, "Corn Song," sings about the working class¹s struggle with corrupt politicians and how "working people" can learn from the self sufficiency and generous nature of the First Nations.

The "Woody Guthrie Singles" marks the 4th release on BLACKFIRE¹s own independent label Tacoho Records. BLACKFIRE¹s previous release "One Nation Under", distributed by Canyon records, featured the last recordings of punk rock legend Joey Ramone and was awarded the "Best Pop/Rock Album" at the 2002 Native American Music Awards and the 2002 F.A.M.E. award for "Album of the Year".

BLACKFIRE¹s constant tour schedule has taken them from a festival in the Sahara desert in Mali, Africa in January where they performed with Ali Farka Toure and Robert Plant, to their 7th European tour earlier this spring, as well as across the U.S. and into Canada. This autumn, BLACKFIRE will return to Europe for a month long tour and then follow up with a U.S. tour.



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Sophi X

Movement in motion...
I knew even before I played this CD that it would blow me away..I don't think I'm ever going to come back down. Inspirational, motivating and brilliantly arranged. May the Creator keep guiding you, BLACKFIRE. Can't wait for the next musical chapter. Peace.

david filipelli

this single shows Blackfire as capable as billy bragg/wilco in breathing life into woody guthrie lyrics; any chance of getting a whole album?
truly wonderful...
if you are at all into punk rock/meaningful lyrics get this and their album One Nation Under

Audrey A. Chee

Great work!
I think that if you wake-up old poems or songs, you know that the power in writing is knowledge passed on to the young fresh minds of today.

mean things

say's it all!
I am 57 years old and a metis native, and thi rocks with a message!!! thanks Blackfire!

Barry Gamble

Awesome CD! Unique sound, great lyrics. Perfect!
Loved this CD! Group has a unique sound, great vocals and of course great lyrics from Woody Guthrie. In a word - Awesome.

dave johnston

excellent! how about a whole Guthrie album?

Steven F. Scharff

My only complaint is that it left me wanting more! The energy and power that Blackfire is known for, and the wisdom and insight that Woody Guthrie was famous for...what a combination!

Nathan Cowlishaw

This cd is awesome, and powerful. It speaks out against government curruption, and greed. It speaks out against war and violence. Blackfire has talent, and this album is deeply connected to Beauty.

Keep on going Blackfire! You guys are awesome!

David L. Snelson

I love the rendition of "Mean Things..." I have to have it in my library of favorite music.

Holly Ellingson

This album is super great!
I love what they have done to Woody's words, and I am still so amazed at how many of his songs are still timely today, more than fifty years after most of them were written. The music is great, the vocals are great, and the words are great- perfect! I like how they fixed the Indian Corn Song also. Talented folks!
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