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Subject: Springsteen does Seeger tribute album
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 03 Mar 06 - 03:17 AM

Source: Associated Press

Rocker Bruce Springsteen Honors Folk Music Legend Pete Seeger With New Album

03-02-2006 9:14 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Pete Seeger will have an extra gift when he celebrates his birthday this spring: a new album by Bruce Springsteen that was inspired by the folk music legend.

"We Shall Overcome/The Seeger Sessions" is scheduled for release April 25, Columbia Records announced Thursday. Seeger, the dean of American folk singers, turns 87 on May 3rd.

The album will feature Springsteen's interpretations of 13 traditional folk songs that have been associated for decades with Seeger. Among them are "Jessie James," "John Henry," "Jacob's Ladder," "Shenandoah" and the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome."

The rocker said it shouldn't come as a surprise that he chose folk music for his first album of cover songs. Much of his own writing, he said, "comes straight out of the folk tradition."

"Making this album was creatively liberating because I have a love of all those different roots sounds," Springsteen said. "They can conjure up a world with just a few notes and a few words."

Columbia said Springsteen plans a short U.S. and European tour to accompany the album's release. Dates will be announced later.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Mar 06 - 04:03 AM

I think Springsteen will do an interesting job of this. I like his interpretations of songs when he goes acoustic.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 03 Mar 06 - 12:52 PM

Here's a link (I hope!). I agree with Joe-should be interesting. Not long ago someone asked if Seeger was still living. Yeppers. And celebrating his 87th Birthday. Nice present alrighty.
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=1682099


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Wesley S
Date: 03 Mar 06 - 01:10 PM

And if these cover tunes lead people back to the source - then it's a good thing.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 03 Mar 06 - 07:16 PM

Here's the latest, Pete Seeger's response to Springsteen's offering. Again, it's from the AP:

PETE SEEGER AND SPRINGSTEEN'S TRIBUTE

JOHN ROGERS
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Pete Seeger has never been one to spend much time listening to records, explaining, "I'd rather go hiking in the woods or sailing down the river."

But the dean of American folk singers says he'll be playing Bruce Springsteen's new recording, "We Shall Overcome/The Seeger Sessions," as soon as he gets a copy. The collection of songs popularized by Seeger is scheduled for release April 25, a week before his 87th birthday.

"Bruce called me last week and told me it's coming out," the genial master of the five-string banjo said Friday from his home in upstate New York's Hudson River valley. "Bruce is a great guy and it's a great honor for him to have recorded some songs that he learned from me.

"I get more credit for many of these songs than I should. All I did was be one of the first people to record them," Seeger said of tunes like "Erie Canal," "John Henry" and others that hail the lives of the hard working and oppressed.

The civil right's anthem "We Shall Overcome" took off after Seeger sang it with others at the founding meeting of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh, N.C., in 1960. But he notes that various versions of it can be traced to integrated meetings of black and white coal miners in the early 1900s and to black churches in the 1800s.

"The song is famous around the world now," he noted.

So is Seeger, who is also enjoying a bit of a renaissance these days. The Weavers, the seminal folk group he co-founded in the 1940s, recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

"I've gotten too much publicity lately and it's very hard to live with it," he joked. "The phone rings too much and I get more mail than I can answer."


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 Mar 06 - 07:51 PM

my mrs is well happy with this news..

now all she wants is bruce to do a gig in Bristol or Cardiff for a change !


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Bobert
Date: 03 Mar 06 - 10:08 PM

Cool... I've always appreciated Bruce since first hiring his band, Child, back in '69.... He played our coffee house with an acoustic guitar and realy had it going then...

He's a great folk muscian.... Tells the story the ways its supposed to be told.....

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST,Eric
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 02:48 PM

Why Bristol or Cardiff punkfolkrocker?

Springsteen at Sidmouth sounds better!

Book him someone.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Anonny Mouse
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 04:05 PM

Few realize Springsteen's acoustic/folk roots. He's no stranger to the Pete Seegers of this world. I give the guy some kudos: he may (and that's "MAY") be the hardest working pro musician around. He has a lot more integrity in his little finger than many a pretender to the throne out there. And he's no "pretty boy"ala Justin Timberlake, etc. etc. working dude. I think it's cool he's covering some Seeger tunes in tribute. My 40 cents. Discount it as you will! LOL


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 04:34 PM

A few years back at the Getaway, and several times since, I have done "This Land Is Your Land" in a very slow and thoughtful way, and have tied the verses together with monologues about some of the brave women that I have had the great fortune to have met while union organizing. I received a great deal of praise for those performances. The arrangement I based this on, I got from one of Springsteen's live albums. He is a wonderful acoustic musician with a deep appreciation for the music that celebrates the lives of working folks. He has a deep love for the roots music that inspires all of us and is the foundation of all that the singer songwriters aspire to. In short he loves folk music.

Pete certainly doesn't need any kudo's, as his career and the reverence and esteem in which we all hold him, insures his immortality. I see this as Bruce just saying thank you to Pete, and trying to introduce another generation to the the causes and the issues that Pete has exposed so many of us to. I am grateful to Bruce for doing this. It is all a part of fulfilling the obligation that all of us who call ourselves folksingers have. Bruce is, and we all must, continue to "pass it on".

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 05:17 PM

Groan.

I love The Boss and Pete, but these tribute albums rarely turn out well. In fact, I'm stuck trying to think of any tribute album I've ever truly enjoyed.

I hated the Billy Bragg thing for Woody.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Bobert
Date: 04 Mar 06 - 05:58 PM

Oh, ye of little faith, GUEST... If Bruce has taken this thing on he will do it up right... Like Anonny Mouse siad, Bruce has gobs of integrity, works hard and this will be something to hear...

Guarenteed...


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Brakn
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 07:31 AM

No-one better.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 01:34 PM

" but these tribute albums rarely turn out well."

I disagree completely. I enjoyed the Billy Bragg/Wilco effort, but I would not call it a "tribute" album since these were songs being recorded for the first time.   Billy Bragg created a certifiable classic with "Way Over Yonder in a Minor Key".

The three volumes of Pete Seeger tributes on Appleseed also yield numerous gems. The Phil Ochs tribute on Sliced Bread also offers great results. More recently, the commemoration of Rachel Bissex's music showed the power of her songwriting as interpreted by her friends and admirers. An anthology has not yet been created, but Dave Carter's songs have been recorded very successfully by many after his passing.

As for Woody Guthrie, I enjoyed the Ani DiFranco concert effort "Till We Outnumber Them" as well as the original Woody Guthrie tribute albums released a few years after his death.

I really look forward to Springsteens effort. Another Jersey boy done good!

I thoroughly enjoy tribute albums, and I am very happy to sign my name to the statement instead of an anoymous post.

Ron Olesko


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 05 Mar 06 - 02:07 PM

Poet... The Towns Van Zant trib album is VERY good

So is the Bruce Cockburn tribute album that launched The Barnaked Ladies

"To Cry You A Song" is a nice tribute to Jethro Tull....

Crap... Blackie And The Rodeo Kings STARTED as a tribute-band to Willie P Bennet...

Oh ya... that Gordon Lightfoot tribute CD that came out a couple of years ago, "Beautiful"... verra niice!

So I'll give The Boss his day in court....


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 06 Mar 06 - 09:32 AM

So... will Pete do a Springsteen cover CD?? I can just hear "Born in the USA" on 5-string banjo....

RtS
(OK I'll start taking the meds again)


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 06 Mar 06 - 11:39 AM

Springsteen performing Seeger shouldn't surprise those of us who have followed Bruce through the years. Nebraska was a folk album, and Devils and Dust was the best folk album of 2005, in my humble opinion.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 06 Mar 06 - 06:08 PM

Wow. I think this is perfect, and can't wait to hear it. I can count my musical heros on one hand, and Pete and Bruce are two of them.

Though not originally from there, I had a few "Jersey girl" years, and grew up with Bruce's music, as he grew through the years. He is an incredible "folk" poet in his own right.

When Bruce stopped by Chapel Hill NC a couple years ago I took my girls to their first rock concert. What a first! They'll never forget it, and I won't ever forget being there with them, though I've had many in my checkered past. Late that night on the shuttle back to where we'd parked, I had two exhausted girls slumped against me. On a school night. I was wondering aloud how I'd explain this when I dragged their tired bods late to school the next morning, and the guy next to me said, "Just say their Uncle Bruce was in town and there was an important family gathering!". Perfect. I did.

One reason he's the guy to do this is that he's got the ear of at least two generations...

Dani


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Steve-o
Date: 06 Mar 06 - 08:24 PM

Big Mick said it better than I could, and I totally agree. Bruce is great, and the album will be wonderful. I recently heard an interview with him on NPR (re-broadcast from earlier) that gave me other reasons besides his music to put him way up on my "great people" list. He is really smart, thoughtful, self-effacing, and quite funny! Oh, by the way, a "tribute" album (not exactly) that is utterly spectacular is Tony Rice sings/plays Gordon Lightfoot!


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST,Sandy Andina
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 03:27 AM

Really looking forward to it, even though Springsteen's earliest incarnation as a folkie was really a stopgap between the Child/Steel Mill band years and the founding of the E Street Band. But "Nebraska" cemented his acoustic cred, IMHO; and "The Ghost of Tom Joad" reinforced it. Last summer, enroute home after doing a UU service I worked up based on his music, I took my singing partner Susan to see him for the first time on the solo acoustic "Devils & Dust" tour. The arena was only half full and the sound mix was loud, echoey and dreadful, but he was terrific. I'd seen him many times with the E Streeters and once with his studio band on the "Lucky Town/Human Touch" tour; this was not necessarily better, but different and still satisfying.

Loved his "Do-Re-Mi" on the Woody tribute album, BTW. And though it's uneven, I like the Zevon tribute "Enjoy Every Sandwich" (especially Bruce's version of "My Ride's Here."). BTW, anyone catch the "Nebraska" tribute album? Chrissie Hynde's version of the title tune sends chills up and down my spine. (Dar Williams' cover of "Highway Patrolman" was okay, but I liked the original and Johnny Cash's version better).


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Once Famous
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 07:53 AM

Bruce is something like age 55 or so and I would think so is his aging fan base. What i think I would have appreciated more is someone younger, who appeals to a younger crowd putting these songs out there and turning on a whole new group of listeners not so familiar as the bulk of the baby boomers already are with this material.

Nonetheless, any exposure for this type of music is good exposure.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: Paco Rabanne
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 07:59 AM

Lets hope Springsteen does a Donovan tribute album next, I would buy that one.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST,whereamiwhoamiwhatsgoingon
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 08:27 AM

I heard Bruce is doing a Springsteen tribute CD next year.


yes he now is getting to that age
where older folks get more easily confused !?


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST,Donovan fangirl
Date: 07 Mar 06 - 12:36 PM

Donovan has actually already released a Donovan tribute CD in 2002
called "The Pied Piper"

though only he would know how well he regarded
the new tribute versions of his old songs ?


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST,Guest, Big Tim
Date: 08 Mar 06 - 04:05 AM

BS was very good doing Guthrie (Vigilante Man, Ain't Got No Home), and he'll be good at Seeger, albeit in his own inimitable manner.

If anyone deserves a tribute, it's Pete Seeger.
(Check out his Rainbow Quest series on DVD).


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: GUEST,Whistle Stop
Date: 08 Mar 06 - 08:03 AM

I'm looking forward to this one; Springsteen is one of my musical heroes.

Sandy, I have the Nebraska tribute album; Jim Sampas, the producer, is a friend of mine. Lots of good stuff on there, but my personal favorite is Deana Carter doing a particularly eerie version of State Trooper.


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Subject: RE: Springsteen to do Seeger tribute album
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 08 Mar 06 - 09:17 AM

"If anyone deserves a tribute, it's Pete Seeger."

I hope you have heard the 3 CD's that were released by Appleseed Records. Numerous artists, including Springsteen, paid tribute to Pete with hearfelt renditions of his songs.


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