Farrar, Yames, Johnson & Park…
by Jay Sweet
Music is the language of the mind that travels
Carries the key to the laws of time and space
Lonesome train whistling down the silent wail of wind
Life is the sound, creation has been a song
—“Hoping Machine” by Woody Guthrie
Like a cadre of musical brothers finally coalescing after years on the road apart, Jay Farrar, Yim Yames (Jim James), Will Johnson and Anders Parker gratefully deliver New Multitudes, their intimate interpretation of American icon and musical legend Woody Guthrie’s previously unrecorded lyrics.
Under the invitation of Guthrie’s daughter, Nora, to tour the Guthrie archives, each of...