Marking the 100th Birthday of Woody Guthrie who wrote this protest song but it took Ry Cooder to make it sound like the blues
Ry Cooder is a guitarists guitar player. His style is so tasty and light it’s a delight to hear. He was the real guitarist behind the movie Crossroads and played that exquisite duel with Steve Vai. While Cooder has never been a hit-maker, his recordings are treasured by his fans.
Woody Guthrie wrote Vigilante Man as a broadside exposing the obvious evil of racism and rough justice. In Guthrie’s performances, the song is a country blues with a broadside message. The structure is blues and reflects the way African American blues music had crossed over with Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.
For a stark and in-your-face version, check out Bruce Springsteen.
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network