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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Rewind: 1998 - Billy Bragg and Wilco Unleash Woody!

Released 23rd June 1998
Elektra Records

Nora Guthrie's liner notes in Mermaid Avenue indicate that it was her intention that the songs be given to a new generation of musicians who would be able to make the songs relevant to a younger generation. Nora Guthrie contacted Bragg, who in turn approached Wilco and asked them to participate in the project as well. Wilco agreed, and in addition to recording with Bragg in Ireland, they were given their own share of songs to finish.

The album received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album, and went on to place fourth on the Pazz and Jop Critics Poll for 1998 (right behind Bob Dylan's Live 1966).

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