Unheard Woody Guthrie tunes, audio history tour set for release

Woody Guthrie (Provided)

Woody Guthrie (Provided)

Time magazine online recently premiered, “Man’s a Fool,” a previously unreleased duet between Oklahoma folk icon Woody Guthrie and American Piedmont blues musician Sonny Terry.

The bluesy tune is part of over 600 songs Guthrie wrote from 1940-1967 while he was living in New York City, Time reports. A three-disc collection of an “audio tour” of Guthrie’s music and his home, “My Name is New York,” will be released Sept. 23.

Guthrie’s stories and memories will be told by his friends and professional colleagues, including Terry, Bob Dylan, Bess Lomax Hawes, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Pete Seeger, his wife Mary Guthrie, merchant marine friend Jimmy Longhi, his second wife Marjorie Guthrie, son Arlo, daughter Nora and others, according to Guthrie’s official website.

The folk icon grew up in Okemah before launching a folk music career that chronicled the working man, dust bowl, poverty and class struggles across America. This audio collection puts people on the busses, subways, streets, stoops and benches where Guthrie lived in NYC for more than 25 years.

A paperback guide book to “My Name is New York” is on sale now at the official WoodyGuthrie.org website. Pre-sale orders are now available for the book and CD set, or just the CDs.

Hear the exclusive Time stream of “No Man’s Fool” on its website.

Also learn more at mynameisny.com.

Jennifer Chancellor

Jennifer is editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Gazette. Her journalistic work includes news, breaking news, music, feature and news feature reporting, investigative journalism, news photography, videography, blogging, page design and marketing spanning more than two decades in Oklahoma. Twitter: @JenChancellor

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