We Outnumber 'Em: Live From Cleveland
by Various Artists
See Also Woody
Guthrie: Hard Travelin'
Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Ramblin' Jack Elliott,
Arlo Guthrie, Indigo Girls, Dave Pirner, Tim Robbins, and Bruce
Concert date: September, 1996
produced by Ani DiFranco and released by Righteous Babe Records,
features a live performance held in Cleveland's Severance Hall in
September 1996. The concert was the grand finale of a 10 day
celebration co-organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
and the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives. "Woody
Guthrie: Hard Travelin'" explored and illuminated Guthrie's
influence on the evolution of folk and rock music.
The CD's title
comes from a story told here by Woody's son, Arlo, handed down to
him by his father concerning the fate of two pursued rabbits.
Such anecdotes and memories, family and friends, are interspersed
between musical cuts adding historic context and personal insight
to the songwriters' life. The CD booklet contains some never
before published photos of Guthrie taken in 1951 with a 20 year
old Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
percent of all proceeds from this recording go to the Woody Guthrie
Foundation and Archives and the educational department of the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame Museum to support and ensure their continued
liner notes by Nora Guthrie:
the beginning there's always been the guys designated to carry the
coal. Remember? See, when the tribe's fire went out,
when they moved on, someone had to carry the last hot coal to start
up the next fire at the next campsite. They needed this fire
to cook with, sleep near, and even for some good ol' talks and songs.
Now, many of these coal holders, over time, became folk singers.
Later, some went electric. Some even became rock and rollers
(Hey, different tribes, different instruments). However,
the job has never changed.
My dad was one
of these guys, and a lot of his songs were pretty damned hot.
It seems to
me like everyone on this recording is one of these hot-coal holders.
Like my dad, they do the work of carrying around the embers we still
need to keep our present day tribes well fed, warm still carin',
still takin' and still singin'. Sometimes it gets real cold
out there (Have you noticed?) and it seems like the chilly wind
is just going to blow us all off the map. A lot of people
are feelin' the effects of the chill; no food, no shelter, no singin',
not rights. And other people are chillin' inside; no warmth,
no joy, no song, no tribe. So
these coal-holders are real important right now.
I had the honor
or working with them all in September of 1996 when we gathered in
Cleveland to sing some of my dad's songs and tell some of his stories.
I wish all of you reading this could have seen this for real.
There was so much friendship there...everybody looking at everybody,
recognizing each other as old, old friends even though many had
never met before. Singing together. Me, I started crying
at the git go when Ani sang the first verse of "Do Re Me."
But everyone in the house (like most of the musicians) was crying
by the time they got to "This Land."
We all owe these
guys a lot. Not just me, but you too out there! These
very coal-holders will be the ones who will make it possible for
all of us to build our next fire. They will be the ones to
give us our next hot meal and our next warm talk. And though
it seems that there are no bonfires burning just yet, I do feel
that things are warming up!
And the tribe
owes Ani DiFranco a particular debt of gratitude for letting us
sit around her campfire for a while...
...'til we outnumber 'em.
'Til We Outnumber
'Em includes the voices of: Lisa Asher, Dan Bern, Mimi Bessette,
Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Ramblin'
Jack Elliott, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo, Jimmie Dale Gilmore,
Abe Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Cathy Guthrie, Sarah Guthrie, John Wesley
Harding, Indigo Girls, Jorma KauKonen, Jimmy LaFave, Harold Leventhal,
David Lutken, Country Joe McDonald, Paul Metsa, Ellis Paul, David
Perales, Dave Pirner, Tim Robbins, Anna Rotante Canoni, Cole Rotante,
Pete Seeger, Susan Sarandon, Bruce Springsteen, James Stein, Syd
Straw, Jeff Waxman, and Neil Woodward.
Thank you all. A real big bow also goes to Bob Santelli at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum for thinkin' this one up one night when he couldn't sleep
so that we could all find each other again. Now let's light
The End. Just Resting. Give Me Time. I'll Hit
'Em Again. Your Time Now."