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LISTEN: Lee Ann Womack Teams Up With Others to Release Cover Album of Woody Guthrie’s ‘Dust Bowl Ballads’

by Clayton Edwards
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The impact of the Dust Bowl on American culture is immeasurable. The years-long drought and the dust storms that came as a result of that drought put a strain on those living in the plains. Many people moved from the midwest to California to find a better life. Countless others died. It was one of the greatest natural tragedies that this country has ever faced. Like many tragedies, it inspired art. For instance, the classic Steinbeck novel The Grapes of Wrath focuses on one family’s strife. The legendary folk singer Woodie Guthrie wrote an entire album called Dust Bowl Ballads. That album originally dropped in 1940. This year, modern artists are bringing new life to the influential release.

The tribute album, which celebrates the 81st anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s classic record is called Home in This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads. The record hits shelves and streaming services on September 10th.

The list of artists set to reimagine songs from Dust Bowl Ballads has a few names that country music fans already know. At the same time, it includes several artists that may become new favorites after giving the new record a spin. For instance, Lee Ann Womack will bring her voice to “Dusty Old Dust.” Colter Wall continues his history of covering classic folk songs with, “Do Re Mi,” according to Stereogum.

However, there are plenty of artists who are familiar to fans of folk and Americana music. Lost Dog Street Band will cover “I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore,” for the tribute. Chris Thile and Lillie Mae are set to tackle “Tom Joad,” a two-part epic. Thile will take part 1 and Mae will lend her voice to part 2. Swamp Dogg, who penned the Johnny Paycheck classic, “She’s All I Got,” will cover “Dust Bowl Refugee.” However, the list goes on from there.

Listen To A Track From Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads

The upcoming album will feature covers of all 14 songs from the original Dust Bowl Ballads recordings. However, they have only released one track so far. The folk singing duo The Secret Sisters covering “The Dust Cain’t Kill Me,” is our first look at the record. The track really embodies the spirit of the record as a whole. So, it is a good indication of what we can expect. Check it out below.

“Dust Cain’t Kill Me” – The Secret Sisters

Elektra Records is teaming up with Kiss the Ground to release Home In This World: Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl Ballads. Kiss the Ground is a nonprofit organization that advocates for regenerative agricultural practices.

You can preorder your copy of Home In This World right now through Elektra Records.