Billy Bragg, Wilco, DiFranco Prepare Guthrie LPs

Billy Bragg and Wilco are putting the final touches on their second album of Woody Guthrie tunes, the follow-up to 1998's critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated record, "Mermaid Avenue."

According to a spokesperson for Wilco, material for the new "Mermaid" album will include some songs originally recorded during the sessions in Dublin and Chicago for the first "Mermaid Avenue" (see " Billy Bragg And Wilco To Release Second Album Of Guthrie Songs"), along with approximately a half dozen Guthrie tunes recorded at more recent sessions.

As with "Mermaid Avenue," the new album will feature Wilco and Billy Bragg performing previously unreleased Woody Guthrie songs and lyrics which they have set to all-new music on which they have collaborated.

"Mermaid Avenue" has sold some 189,000 copies to date and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 for Best Contemporary Folk Album, though it lost out to Lucinda Williams' "Car

Wheels On A Gravel Road."

In related news, Ani DiFranco's label, Righteous Babe Records, will issue "'Til We Outnumber 'Em," a record which documents a Woody Guthrie tribute concert staged by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 23, 1996.

DiFranco herself produced and mixed the 19-track album, which includes artists as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, Soul Asylum's David Pirner, Arlo Guthrie (one of Woody's sons), and the Indigo Girls performing such Guthrie numbers as "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Dust Storm Disaster," and "Against The Law."

The artist and track listing for "'Til We Outnumber 'Em:"

  • Severance Hall Cast - "Hard Travelin' Hootenanny"
  • Peter Glazer - "Payback"
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott - "1913 Massacre"
  • Arlo Guthrie - "Regular Fires"
  • Billy Bragg - "Against The Law"
  • Bruce Springsteen - "Riding In My Car"
  • David Pirner - "Pretty Boy Floyd"
  • Arlo Guthrie - "Free In Every Moment"
  • Ani DiFranco

    - "Do Re Mi"

  • Fred Hellerman - "What A Song Is"
  • Arlo Guthrie - "Dust Storm Disaster"
  • Craig Werner - "It Ain't About Bein' Perfect"
  • Bruce Springsteen - "Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Deportee)"
  • Country Joe McDonald - "Does Music Change The World?"
  • Indigo Girls w/ Ani DiFranco - "Ramblin' 'Round"
  • Arlo Guthrie - "Change The Moment"
  • Tim Robbins - "Born Naked"
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott - "Talking Dust Bowls"
  • Severance Hall Cast - "'Til We Outnumber 'Em (This Land Is Your Land)"