Sunday, November 2, 2008

song of the day - 11.2.08: billy bragg & wilco - california stars

In 1998, Nora Guthrie, daughter of American folk singer Woody Guthrie, organized the recording of some of her father's lyrics by an unlikely pairing of American folk band Wilco and British singer Billy Bragg. California Stars is one of the tracks off the resulting album, Mermaid Avenue. This video isn't an official video, just someone's individual work posted on YouTube, but I really like how it was done. The song itself is a testament to the talents of all three of its creators. It seems more like a song that was always destined to be made than a piecemeal collaboration by three very different musicians.

On an unrelated note, I'm excited to finally get the chance to see Wilco, as I managed to be one of the lucky few to get a ticket to their show in Baltimore on December 14. Hooray.

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