I began working with these songs a few years ago after receiving a Woody Guthrie Archives/BMI-funded fellowship for research on Guthrie. I wanted to look at Guthrie’s years in Los Angeles because it was here where he became a minor radio celebrity, began writing more of his own songs, met with political activists and writers, and developed the unique “political Okie” persona that defined him in the public eye. Guthrie was greatly influenced by his experiences in L.A., but he also left his mark to urban intellectuals and political activists, thus laying the groundwork for the urban folk revival of the ‘60s.
I had a great time arranging the songs and working with a talented group of musicians. Since Guthrie’s radio show “Woody and Lefty Lou” featured Maxine Crissman, who sang duets with Woody, I wanted to bring some fantastic female voices into the mix to try to capture some of that sound. We were so fortunate to be able to work with Sara Watkins and Ani DiFranco. And it was truly exciting to collaborate on a song with my daughter, Julia Holter. I hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as I enjoyed making it.
released April 23, 2021
All songs written by Woody Guthrie (Woody Guthrie Publications)
Produced by Ben Wendel
Executive Producers: Darryl Holter and Ben Wendel
Engineered and Mixed by Todd Burke
Recorded at Sunset Sound August 26th to 28th, 2013
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering
Darryl Holter: vocals and acoustic guitar
Greg Leisz: pedal and lap steel
Billy Mohler: electric and acoustic bass
Timothy Young: electric guitar
Ben Wendel: piano, Wurlitzer
Dave Kemper: drums, percussion
Gabe Witcher: violin (track 4), string arrangement (track 10), vocals (tracks 1, 4, 9)
Ani DiFranco, courtesy of Righteous Babe Records
Julia Shammas Holter, courtesy of Domino Records
Photos: Kim Fox / www.kimfoxphotography.com
Archival photos: Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc.
Darryl Holter would like to thank:
Carole, Julia, Rachael, Andrea, Ben, Greg, Billy, Tim, Don, Gabe, Sara, Ani, Dave, Waylon, Anna and Tiffany.