Why Woody Guthrie would want you to go to the DDRofRnB

Woody Guthrie had a clear philosophy about songwriting. We share it. It runs thus:

“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard traveling.

I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood. I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work. And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you.


I could hire out to the other side, the big money side, and get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own songs and to sing the kind that knock you down farther and the ones that poke fun at you even more and the ones that make you think you’ve not got any sense at all. But I decided a long time ago that I’d starve to death before I’d sing any such songs as that. The radio waves and your movies and your jukeboxes and your songbooks are already loaded down and running over with such no good songs as that anyhow.”

Come to the DDRofRnB at the Half Moon, Putney on February 16th. You will hear songs of joy and hope. Songs to remind that you this is your world, and to offer you a vision of a better tomorrow.

So come and hear them. It’s going to be tremendous. What’s more, we’re playing with The Nuns (all-woman tribute to The Monks) and Blindness (Debbie Smith‘s current band). If you order your tickets in advance they’re £7. That’s £2.33 per band. On a Thursday night, in SW London.

Book your tickets right now, and we’ll see you there. It’s going to be huge.


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