As part of the upcoming 2012 year-long 100th birthday celebration of Woody Guthrie comes Note of Hope, a twelve song covers tribute of mostly unreleased Guthrie songs. Woody’s daughter Nora Guthrie is at the helm producing the project which features bass player extraordinaire Rob Wasserman joining up with a fantastic selection of artists. The legendary American singer-songwriter and folk musician is getting the birthday party he deserves.
Featuring Jackson Browne, Van Dyke Parks, Madeleine Peyroux, Lou Reed, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Kurt Elling, Ani Difranco, Studs Terkel, Nellie McKay, Chris Whitley, Pete Seeger, and Tony Trischka, the album is scheduled to be released on September 27. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, the album closes with a near 15 minute track by Jackson Browne entitled “You Know The Night.” The song is based on a 30 page notebook entry by Guthrie that recalls the night that he first met his second wife. Have a listen to the abbreviated single version of “You Know The Night” (via Ultimate Classic Rock) below.
Jackson Browne – You Know The Night (Woody Guthrie cover)
You can get more information and a calendar of events around Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday celebration here.