"On July 10, Smithsonian Folkways Recordingsreleased Elizabeth Mitchell's Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie, featuring re-imagined renditions of 13 kid-friendly Guthrie classics.
The only album of Guthrie’s children’s songs coinciding with the Woody Guthrie Centennial (www.woodyat100.com), 'Little Seed' pays tribute to the legendary songwriter's uncanny ability to inhabit both the perspective of a loving, protective parent and the voice of a freewheeling child. The album includes thoughtful versions of children’s songs “Riding in My Car,” “Grassy Grass Grass,” and “Bling Blang.” Mitchell also shares her version of “This Land Is Your Land,” Guthrie’s signature song that many people consider a second national anthem.
As always, she is joined on the recording by family (husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey) and friends, including Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm, pillars of the American acoustic music scene Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Ruthy Ungar of Mike and Ruthy and formerly of the Mammals.
"Woody Guthrie’s songs for children are a gift to all of us. They are a part of me, part of my family," says Mitchell. "Thank you, Woody, for giving us this beautiful experience and so many others like it. We can feel this profound musical joy anytime, anywhere, with you in our spirits and your songs in our hearts."
Acclaimed by Time magazine as one of the "Stars of Kindie Rock," Mitchell is also a founding member of veteran indie rock band Ida and is one of Smithsonian Folkways' best-selling artists. 'Little Seed' is her third album with the label, following You Are My Little Bird (2006) and Sunny Day (2010), and features eight newly recorded tracks and five previously issued favorites."
Upcoming family concerts with
Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower
June 17 - Clearwater Festival in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
What we thought: This is a really fun CD! We love Woody Guthrie's folk songs and they are beautifully covered on "Little Seed" by Elizabeth Mitchell. This is a great collection of some of our favorite Guthrie tunes. What a great way to celebrate Woody Guthrie! ABCD Diaries gives Little Seed an A+!
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