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This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie | Michael Daugherty, composer | Official website

This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie
NAXOS/May 2020


World-premiere recording features performances by the Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire ensemble led by David Alan Miller, and vocal soloists Annika Socolofsky and John Daugherty. For this release, Daugherty collaborated with Grammy® Award winning producer Silas Brown, to create a recording which re-creates a vintage Capital Records 1950’s soundscape.

Daugherty: This Land Sings review – exuberant polyglot Woody Guthrie celebration, The Guardian

Michael Daugherty: This Land Sings, BBC Music Magazine

Michael Daugherty: This Land Sings (Inspired by the life and times of Woody Guthrie) – Annika Socolofsky; John Daugherty; Dogs of Desire; David Alan Miller, The Whole Note

AllMusic Review of Michael Daugherty: This Land Sings

Explore Classical Music article on This Land Sings

Classical Notes: New releases from Daugherty, Tann, Albany Times Union

Michael Daugherty: This Land Sings, Glarean Magazine (German)

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TRACK LISTING

  1. Overture 
  2. The Ghost and Will of Joe Hill 
  3. Perpetual Motion Man
  4. Marfa Lights
  5. Hear the Dust Blow
  6. Graceland 
  7. Forbidden Fruit 
  8. Hot Air 
  9. Bread and Roses 
  10. This Land Sings
  11. Silver Bullet 
  12. This Trombone Kills Fascists 
  13. Don’t Sing Me a Love Song 
  14. My Heart is Burning 
  15. I’m Gonna Walk That Lonesome Valley 
  16. Mermaid Avenue 
  17. Wayfaring Stranger / 900 Miles
Woody Guthrie (1943) (Library of Congress)

COMPOSER STATEMENT:

“During these times of turbulence and uncertainty, I think back to the songwriter and political activist Woody Guthrie, who traveled across America with his guitar and harmonica to perform songs of hope and social justice during the Great Depression and World War II. As a musical tribute to this Dust Bowl troubadour, I have composed This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, a song cycle with seventeen original vocal and instrumental numbers, like a Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast. It is my hope that this Naxos recording, featuring the Albany Symphony’s new music ensemble Dogs of Desire, will remind us that music can make a difference”. 

~Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty, on Route 66 to California
The Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire performing Michael Daugherty’s This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie (Troy, New York, June 3, 2017)
John Daugherty

John Daugherty

Annika Socolofsky

Annika Socolofsky

Composer Michael Daugherty and Conductor David Alan Miller at the recording session of This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie (Troy, New York, June 3, 2017)

Composer Michael Daugherty and Conductor David Alan Miller at the recording session of This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie (Troy, New York, June 3, 2017)

Dust Bowl photos by Dorothea Lange (1938) (Library of Congress):

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