October 28, 2005
Billy Bragg and Wilco demonstrated the enduring relevance of Woody Guthrie’s music a few years back with Mermaid Avenue. Here, the Joel Rafael Band provides a similar public service on its second collection of Guthrie and Guthrie-ish songs. Don’t miss the moving version of Guthrie’s “Stepstone,” which finds Rafael sharing vocal duties with Jackson Browne and another Guthrie admirer by the name of Arlo.
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