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The American singer-songwriter Joel Rafael pays tribute to Woody Guthrie today
First visit to Spain by Joel Rafael, one of the great representatives of the American folk song and activist who captained vindictive song Pete Seeger, Odetta and Woody Guthrie, among others. The renowned musician from Chicago, based in the San Gabriel Valley (San Diego), is regarded as "the heir" of Woody Guthrie and act today, Thursday, guitar in hand, in the Ca'Beleño of Oviedo, from of ten-thirty at night, to commemorate the centenary of the legendary performer with songs that opened the special place in music history. On Friday it will be in Ca'Beleño Gijon and Saturday in the pub Don Floro Aviles.
Joel Rafael has several nominations and awards folk (Independent AFIM, San Diego MCC) not only for their versions of the legacy of Guthrie, embodied in "Woodyboye I and II ', but for his own work in such acclaimed works as" Thirteen Stories High "," Hopper "," Old Wood Barn "or the namesake" Joel Rafael Band. " Several of these recordings were made ??on the label of the renowned Jackson Browne, with whom he often shares Rafael shows, as also did throughout his career in records and so forth directly with artists as Kris Kristopherson, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy LaFave, Jennifer Warners, Crosby, Stills and Nash, John Lee Hooker, Lila Downs, Sheryl Crow, Taj Mahal, Joan Baez, John MccCutcheon and many others.
Titles as Woody Guthrie classic "1913 Massacre," "Dust Storm Disaster, "" Ramblin 'Round "or" Do not kill my baby and my son "ring with matters of Raphael himself. You will hear hits like "This is my country," inspired by Guthrie sung complaints against corrupt politicians, war, dictatorship, social injustice and racism in America. There are also concerns that are reflected in the work of Joel Rafael, in pieces like "Last Train to Nuremberg" condemned the role played by Kissinger and Nixon in Vietnam and Indochina wars, the massacres of Bangladesh and its support for Pinochet and ordered a trial of these agents. Remembering the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War also recorded with his daughter Jamaica Rafael's classic "The four generals' piece that appears on a disk with a version of the anthem of Asturias.
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