At My Window Sad and Lonely
To commemorate the 100th birthday of American folk icon and glorious rabble rouser Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg and his mates in Wilco bundled together the three volumes of their long-running Mermaid Avenue project. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the artists set about putting together a clutch of unfinished songs Guthrie's daughter Nora had given them. If you're a follower of either Bragg or Wilco, then the chances are good you already own a good chunk of this music. Still, there are some wonderful tunes here. Hopefully they'll help expose future Americans to one of the country's great poet-rebels.