by Walter Price
Yesterday [14 July] would have marked singer-songwriter and American folk-hero Woody Guthrie’s 107th birthday. The Dust Bowl Troubadour‘s voice that championed the beleaguered, the blue color and the “left behind”, often had his politics, stances, and ideologies conflated by the mainstream. But that didn’t stop his words and beliefs to go forward and inspire and fuel the folk movement of the 60s.
When Guthrie put his vocals to Goebel Reeves’ 1934 penned “Hobo Lullaby”, the song’s ode to American underbelly kind of freedom becomes a stark and lonely reminder of the beauty of solitude. Sentiments that go a step more haunting in Italian blues-folk troubadour Thomas Guiducci’s 2017 version.
Guiducci’s organ composition and vocal delivery take, this oft-covered, yet hidden gem, to stunning celestial heights. As a sense of innocence and darkness intertwine throughout, transforming the original roots rawness into a dreamy berceuse.
From a project of the magazine ApARTe ° / Edited by Rino De Michele.
Written by Goebel Reeves / Voice, Guitar, Organ, Music Box – Thomas Guiducci