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Open Your Hearts to the Paradise: The Best of the Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash 2001-2008

by Woody Guthrie Birthday Bash

Recorded live at round robin folk songfest held annually in New York City.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peace Call
5:09 album only
2. Pretty Boy Floyd
4:52 album only
3. Ticky Tock
2:15 album only
4. Don't You Push Me Down
2:23 album only
5. Hobo's Lullaby
3:54 album only
6. One Little Thing the Atom Can't Do
3:53 album only
7. Harriet Tubman's Ballad
6:18 album only
8. Sowing on the Mountain
4:25 album only
9. I Ain't Got No Home
2:48 album only
10. Dance Around My Atom Fire
2:55 album only
11. How Can You Keep on Moving?
4:17 album only
12. Talking Health Care Blues
3:23 album only
13. John Hardy
3:34 album only
14. I'm Living in Coney Island 'Til I Die
3:24 album only
15. Worried Man Blues
4:20 album only
16. Woman at Home
3:09 album only
17. This Train
3:11 album only


Album Notes
Woody Guthrie, the great American folk musician, was born in Okemah, Oklahoma, on July 14, 1912, and he lived in New York City off and on from 1940 until his death from Huntington’s disease in 1967. Beginning in 2001, various local folk performers would come together in Lower Manhattan one Sunday each July to celebrate Woody’s birthday with a good old-fashioned hootenanny. Some of the personnel changed from year to year, while others returned time and again. A few were full time working musicians, but most were talented semi-professionals: teachers, psychologists, editors, librarians, archivists, and whatnot who played an occasional gig. All shared a love of Woody’s music, and when called upon, they backed each other up with vocal and instrumental accompaniment. The first six Woody Guthrie Birthday Bashes took place at CB’s 313 Gallery, the acoustic twin of CBGB/Omfug, the famed punk-rock club. In 2007, after CB’s 313 Gallery and CBGB/Omfug closed, the Birthday Bash moved across the street to the Bowery Poetry Club.

Anne Price and Steve Suffet compiled this CD by carefully going through whatever live recordings they could find from the first eight Woody Guthrie Birthday Bashes. These were all “house mixes” taken from the sound board and were never intended to be released to the public. Recording engineer Ray Korona did what he could to sweeten them up, but for some years, including 2001, no usable recording was available.



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