Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie

Smithsonian Folkways Will Release Elizabeth Mitchell's 
Little Seed:
Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie

 Available July 10


(Washington, DC, Summer 2012) On July 10, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release Elizabeth Mitchell's Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie, featuring re-imagined renditions of 13 kid-friendly Guthrie classics.
The only album of Guthrie’s children’s songs coinciding with the Woody Guthrie Centennial (www.woodyat100.com), 'Little Seed' pays tribute to the legendary songwriter's uncanny ability to inhabit both the perspective of a loving, protective parent and the voice of a freewheeling child. The album includes thoughtful versions of children’s songs “Riding in My Car,” “Grassy Grass Grass,” and “Bling Blang.” Mitchell also shares her version of “This Land Is Your Land,” Guthrie’s signature song that many people consider a second national anthem.
As always, she is joined on the recording by family (husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey) and friends, including Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm, pillars of the American acoustic music scene Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Ruthy Ungar of Mike and Ruthy and formerly of the Mammals.
"Woody Guthrie’s songs for children are a gift to all of us. They are a part of me, part of my family," says Mitchell. "Thank you, Woody, for giving us this beautiful experience and so many others like it. We can feel this profound musical joy anytime, anywhere, with you in our spirits and your songs in our hearts."
Acclaimed by Time magazine as one of the "Stars of Kindie Rock," Mitchell is also a founding member of veteran indie rock band Ida and is one of Smithsonian Folkways' best-selling artists. 'Little Seed' is her third album with the label, following You Are My Little Bird (2006) and Sunny Day (2010), and features eight newly recorded tracks and five previously issued favorites. 
Upcoming family concerts with
Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower
June 17 - Clearwater Festival in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
July 5-7 - Wolf Trap Theater in the Woods, VA
July 28-29 - Newport Folk Festival, RI

  Thanks to Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR for providing a free copy of Little Seed.  

My Thoughts

I love introducing my daughter and grandchildren to new music that is made just for their tiny ears. If only a concert would come to my neck of the woods. Lol Anyways, If you live in one of the areas listed above, why not check out their concert. This would be a fun way to experience Americana through folk songs and a great way to bond with your special little one(s). 

In the meantime, I will continue listening to Little Seed with my kids. Enjoy!

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