Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs

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Roll Columbia: Woody Guthrie’s 26 Northwest Songs is a trove of new discoveries, and a celebration of Guthrie’s genius and lasting contributions to both the history and musical traditions of the Pacific Northwest. In 1941, the Bonneville Power Administration commissioned Guthrie to write songs to help promote to the public the construction of dams along the Columbia River. 75 years later, present-day artists with ties to the Pacific Northwest who have been influenced by this fruitful time in Guthrie’s career have gathered together to record their own interpretations. Roll Columbia is the first and only complete collection of these 26 songs, including nine that had never before been recorded, such as “Eleckatricity and All” and “Portland Town to Klamath Falls,” as well as classic Guthrie tunes “Pastures of Plenty” and “Hard Travelin’.” 2 discs, 104 minutes, 44-page booklet.

Carl Allen, Kristin Andreassen, Peter Buck, Darrin Craig, Steve Einhorn, Chris Funk, Tony Furtado, David Grisman, Tracy Grisman, Ben Hunter, Michael Hurley, Al James, Orville Johnson, Scott McCaughey, John Moen, Cahalen Morrison, Bill Murlin and Fine Company, Jon Neufeld, Kate Power, George Rezendes, Pharis and Jason Romero, Caitlin Belem Romtvedt, David Romtvedt, Joe Seamons, Martha Scanlan, Timberbound, and Annalisa Tornfelt and the Tornfelt Sisters.

Year Released 2017
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2017 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) Accordion; Banjo; Baritone guitar; Bass; Clogging; Dobro; Fiddle; Guitar; Guitar, electric; Handclapping; Harmonica; Mandolin; Mbira; Organ; Piano; Stomps; Tenor guitar; Violin; Vocals
101 Pastures of Plenty Michael Hurley and Jon Neufeld 3:18
102 Oregon Line (That Oregon Trail) Pharis and Jason Romero 3:46
103 Lumber Is King Cahalen Morrison 4:23
104 Out Past the End of the Line Timberbound 2:51
105 Portland Town to Klamath Falls Tony Furtado and Kristin Andreassen 4:18
106 Eleckatricity and All Annalisa Tornfelt and the Tornfelt Sisters 1:50
107 Hard Travelin' Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons 2:11
108 Columbia Talkin’ Blues (Talking Columbia) Carl Allen 3:06
109 The Talkin' Blues Al James and Jon Neufeld 3:17
110 Jackhammer Blues (Jackhammer John) Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld 4:08
111 Roll On Columbia, Roll On Steve Einhorn and Kate Power 4:06
112 The Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done (The Great Historical Bum) Caitlin Belem Romtvedt, David Romtvedt, and Joe Seamons 4:35
113 Jackhammer Blues (Jackhammer John) Orville Johnson 3:30
114 Guys on the Grand Coulee Dam Bill Murlin and Fine Company 3:11
115 Mile an’ a Half from th’ End of th’ Line (End of My Line) Timberbound 3:30
201 Columbia's Waters Caitlin Belem Romtvedt, David Romtvedt, and Joe Seamons 4:06
202 Ballad of the Great Grand Coulee (The Grand Coulee Dam) Darrin Craig and Jon Neufeld 3:11
203 Washington Talkin' Blues Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, and Jon Neufeld 3:50
204 It Takes a Married Man to Sing a Worried Song Pharis and Jason Romero 2:39
205 Ramblin' Blues (Portland Town) Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons 3:06
206 New Found Land John Moen, Chris Funk, and Jon Neufeld 3:25
207 White Ghost Train Cahalen Morrison 3:58
208 The Song of the Grand Coulee Dam (Way Up in That Northwest) George Rezendes, David Grisman, and Tracy Grisman 3:05
209 A Ramblin' Round John Moen and Chris Funk 2:55
210 Roll, Columbia, Roll Bill Murlin and Fine Company 3:12
211 Grand Coulee Powder Monkey Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck and Jon Neufeld 4:53
212 The Ballad of Jackhammer John Cahalen Morrison, Joe Seamons and Jon Neufeld 7:50
213 Pastures of Plenty Orville Johnson 6:09
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