Appleseed will release unreleased Springsteen recording

Bruce Springsteen recorded a bunch of American folk songs in January of 2006, during the third studio session with the Seeger Sessions Band. Most of them appeared on the album We Shall Overcome – The Seeger Sessions that same year, but some remained in the vault.

Appleseed Recordings unveils now one of the outtakes that Bruce Springsteen recorded with the Seeger Sessions Band. Pete Seeger’s “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” will be included in the 3CD set Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches. The album will be published on October 19th and will also include Springsteen’s version of “We Shall Overcome” plus other songs recorded by Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, TIm Robbins, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne and many more.

Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches

DISC ONE – “Let the Truth Be Told”

1. Pete Seeger – Oh Sacred World
2. Bruce Springsteen – If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song) (exclusive new song)
3. Tom Morello – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (exclusive new song)
4. Tim Robbins – Well May the World Go (exclusive new song)
5. Joan Baez – I Wish the Wars Were All Over
6. Pete Seeger with Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle and Anne Hills – Bring Them Home (If You Love Your Uncle Sam)
7. Tom Russell – Across the Border (exclusive new song)
8. Johnny Clegg – Love in the Time of Gaza
9. John Wesley Harding (w/ Corporal Quorum) – Scared of Guns (Amended) (exclusive new song)
10. Sweet Honey in the Rock – Second Line Blues
11. Anne Hills – Needle of Death (exclusive new song)
12. Natalie Merchant & Friends – There is No Good Reason
13. The Kennedys – Give Me Back My Country
14. Studs Terkel – Blessed Be the Nation
15. Tom Morello – This Land is Your Land
16. Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome
17. Pete Seeger – Dr. King on Violence

DISC TWO – “Wisdom Keepers”

1. Jesse Winchester – Get It Right One Day (exclusive new song)
2. Donovan – Poorman’s Sunshine
3. Dick Gaughan – Land of the North Wind
4. Tom Paxton & Anne Hills – Follow that Road
5. Al Stewart – Katherine of Oregon
6. Jonathan Edwards – Surrounded
7. Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt – Kisses Sweeter than Wine
8. Angel Band – Jump Back in the Ditch
9. Eric Andersen – Gonna Go Crazy
10. Tom Rush – What I Know
11. Sweet Honey in the Rock – IDK, But I’m LOL
12. Lizzie West & the White Buffalo – Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman (Thank You)
13. Joel Rafael Band with Jackson Browne, Jimmy LaFave and Arlo Guthrie – Stepstone
14. Tom Paxton – Looking for the Moon
15. Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt with Emmylou Harris – Somos El Barco/We Are the Boat
16. John Stewart – There is Love (Wedding Song) (exclusive new song)
17. Jesse Winchester – Sham-a-Ling-Dong-Ding
18. Dick Gaughan – When I’m Gone

DISC THREE – “Keeping the Songs Alive”

1. John Gorka – The Water is Wide
2. David Bromberg with Levon Helm – Bring it With You When You Come
3. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Roving Gambler
4. Tim Eriksen – Careless Love
5. Donovan – Wild Mountain Thyme (exclusive new song)
6. Roger McGuinn with Judy Collins – John Riley
7. John Wesley Harding – Canadee-I-O
8. Bernice Johnson Reagon with Kim & Reggie Harris – Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep
9. Pete Seeger – Going Across the Mountain
10. Frank Proffitt – Tom Dooley
11. Guardabarranco – Asturias
12. Lila Downs – El Quinto Regimiento
13. Aoife Clancy – Are You Sleepin’, Maggie?
14. Alec Stone Sweet – Mrs. Poer, or, The Concerto
15. Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin – Sow ‘Em on the Mountain
16. Steve Young – Little Birdie
17. Mike Seeger and Peggy Seeger – Cindy
18. Sharon Katz & the Peace Train – Sanalwami
19. Danny Glover and Rev. Robert B. Jones, Sr. – Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
20. Kim and Reggie Harris – Wade in the Water
21. John Stewart & Darwin’s Army – Bay of Mexico
22. Tommy Sands with Dolores Keane and Vedran Smailovic – Where Have All the Flowers Gone

Springsteen returns to Asbury Park for club gig

As announced weeks ago, Springsteen took a break from his Broadway show and went back to his musical hometown of Asbury Park, where he performed with the Tangiers Blues Band at the reopening of the Asbury Lanes nightclub.

After a speech (see official video below), he rocked the house with photographer Danny Clinch’s band, delivering blistering versions of “Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu” and “I Just Wanna Make Love To You”, finishing up with long and hot classics “Down the Road Apiece” and “Twist and Shout”.

Springsteen gets his Special Tony Award

Bruce Springsteen got a new award for his already extensive collection: a Special Tony Award, for Springsteen on Broadway.

The 72nd Tony Awards Sunday ceremony was held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on June 10th, and Bruce was rewarded “for his ongoing engagement Springsteen on Broadway, a once-in-a-lifetime theatregoing experience for the Broadway stage, allowing fans an intimate look at a music idol”.

Bruce was presented the award by New York legend Billy Joel. before playing “My Hometown” at the piano, Bruce also addressed the crowd:

“Thank you. This is deeply appreciated, thanks for making me feel so welcome on your block. Being a part of the Broadway community has been a great thrill and an honor for me — it’s been one of the most exciting things that I’ve ever experienced. I’ve got to thank Patti Scialfa, my beautiful wife and artistic partner, for her love and inspiration every night. I’ve got to thank Jon Landau, George Travis, Barbara Carr, and Jordan Roth for the great work of getting our show on stage. And last but not least, our wonderful audiences, who’ve made these shows so exciting and fulfilling. Evan, Jess, and Sam — Daddy loves you. You’ve been wonderful to me this season, thank you so much. God bless all.”

Asbury Lanes re-opens with Bruce Springsteen as guest performer

Yes, it’s true. The Asbury Lanes venue in Asbury Park is re-opening after a big renovation. The bar is located where the old Fast Lane was in the 80s (where Bruce performed several times in 1978, 1980 and 1982).

And yes, it’s also true that Bruce Springsteen will be performing there (as a guest of the opening band: Danny Clinch’s The Tangiers Blues Band) on June 18th, for the grand reopening. The main event will be Portugal The Man. The club holds only 750 people. All of the show’s profits will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County.

Tickets are available only in these two ways:

  • You are an Asbury Park resident? 100 tickets available for local residents via a lottery,
  • If you’re not an Asbury resident then enter your data here for a  chance to win two tickets and a night at The Asbury Hotel. Only 1 winner will get the chance to attend the show.