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Interview: Jay Farrar and Yim Yames Talk Woody Guthrie

By Sam Adams, Contributor

On "Bandages and Scars," from Son Volt's 2005 album Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Jay Farrar sang, "Thinking about the future, what to do then/ Words of Woody Guthrie ringing in my head." He wasn't just turning a phrase. At the invitation of Guthrie's daughter, Nora, he'd just begun poring over the archive of Guthrie's unused lyrics with an eye towards setting some to music. As it turns out, Farrar had first been offered… more »