by Joel Rafael
Available at the Woody Guthrie Store
Described as a
natural interpreter of Woody Guthrie's lyrics and music, nationally acclaimed
songwriter Joel Rafael has embarked on a new musical project to celebrate
the songs of Woody Guthrie. Woodeye, Rafael's fourth CD, was released
internationally on Sunday, July 14th at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival
in Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, OK, in honor of Guthrie's birthday.
by Dan Rothchild, Woodeye contains fourteen songs. Twelve were penned
by Guthrie, one by Rafael, and one unpublished lyric-"Dance A Little
Longer,"-is a co-write with words by Guthrie and music by Rafael.
The album also includes guest appearances by Jennifer Warnes, Ellis
Paul, Van Dyke Parks, and Matt Cartsonis.
really wanted to make a recording that would be a Woody Guthrie
experience for a new audience: a collection of songs, both familiar
and rare, that would bring Woody's material within reach of the
ears of today's listeners. It was an awesome challenge to make an
album of Woody Guthrie songs. It was much more difficult than doing
my own songs, because it was important for me to honor Woody through
his music, not just record a collection of his songs," says Rafael.
"The story on 'Dance A Little Longer' is not about me co-writing
a song with Woody; it's more like a celebration and acknowledgement
of how timeless Woody's material is, and how well it lives into
the new millennium."