Woody Guthrie Is the Mayor of Folk Alley; Dylan in Iran; The Charlotte Fillmore Opens Its Doors
Headlines: Folk Alley has compiled a list of the 100 Most Essential Folk Songs, with Woodie Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" at No. 1. The rest of the Top 10: Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind," Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans," Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer," the Kingston Trio's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," Seeger's "We Shall Overcome," Ian and Sylvia's "Four Strong Winds" and Tom Paxton's "Last Thing on My Mind." Paxton, the recent Lifetime Achievement Grammy recipient who lives in Alexandria, shows up several times on the list, actually, with "Ramblin' Boy" at No. 32 and "Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound" at No. 62. ... Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" was quoted on a sign by a protester in Iran. ... The Fillmore Charlotte opened its doors on Friday with a Corey Smith show. The Charlotte Observer's initial impressions of the latest outpost of the Fillmore, which is coming, too, to Silver Spring: "The sound was clear, although not necessarily warm. Four bars could've used a few extra bartenders given the length of the lines. There are no bar stools or chairs unless you spring for the VIP area, which has its own bar and bathroom. The venue is beautiful, though, with hardwood floors that beg for dancing, different levels to aid your view, delicate chandeliers, attractive restrooms with ornately framed mirrors, and a roomy stage with plenty of high-tech lighting. Flat-screen TVs run ads for LiveNation, which owns and books The Fillmore. News or sports would be a plus." ... Rapper Jim Jones might be giving a gold record to Twitter or something. ... Baltimore's Dan Deacon had a tough time playing in his hometown recently. ... Melissa Auf der Mar has some thoughts on the Hole reunion. She's not mad at it -- or at her former bandmate Courtney Love: "All I can tell you is that I love Courtney to bits. She's a nutbag and I really do care about her." ... The Blur dudes are writing new songs. ... More Radiohead reissues are on the way, with collectors editions of "Kid A," "Amnesiac" and "Hail to the Thief" due in August. ... New feature at the Grand Ole Opry: Captions for the hearing impaired. ... The Georgia Theatre, an Athens institution where important local bands often played (hello, R.E.M.) and major touring acts were regularly booked, was destroyed by a fire on Friday morning. ... Blame Canada: Nickelback swept the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last night, winning best video, best rock video and a post-production award for "Gotta Be Somebody."
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