1996 Grammy Award Winner | Best Traditional Folk Album
The world's legendary troubadour, Pete Seeger, accompanied by a village of voices and instruments, in all-new recordings of songs celebrating the human journey and the Earth.
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Playing masterful banjo and 12-string guitar, Pete sings with gusto and soul on the Grammy-winning album's 18 tracks, which include many of his timeless classics and traditional ballads including: "How Can I Keep from Singing" and "The Water is Wide"; Leroy Carr's great blues number "In the Evening"; the activist rap song "Garbage"; and three songs recorded here for the first time: "Huddie Ledbetter Was a Helluva Man," "Natural History (Spider's Web)", and Don West's anthem on Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."
Three choruses and several special guest musicians join Pete in these recordings:
- The 30 voices of Gaudeamus, a Connecticut chorus founded and conducted by Paul Halley
- The Gospel Voices of the Union Baptist Church Singers of New Jersey
- The Cathedral Singers from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City
Guest musicians include: Howard Levy (harmonica), Paul Prestopino (banjo, mandolin and 6-string guitar), Joanie Madden (pennywhistle), David Finck (bass), Gordon Gottlieb (percussion), and Paul Winter (soprano sax).
Living Music, 1996