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As Wilco’s ‘Mermaid’ Turns 20, an Original Woody Guthrie Tape Is Found


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Pretty cool.

https://variety.com/2018/music/news/wilco-woody-guthrie-tape-discovery-mermaid-avenue-1203092307/

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Wouldn’t it make a grand 20th anniversary gift for “Mermaid Avenue” if we were to discover that Guthrie did record a version of one of those songs that Wilco and Bragg thought they were the first to set music to, after all?

That’s exactly what’s happened. One reason for reconsidering “Mermaid Avenue” here is that I recently discovered some old tapes of rare Woody Guthrie material while working at the Shel Silverstein Archive. One of the songs happened to be “Hoodoo Voodoo” — an exciting find since until now there weren’t any known performances of Woody doing any “Mermaid Avenue” material. The Woody Guthrie Archive has verified it.

 

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