A new Bruce Springsteen track is set for the upcoming compilation, Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots And Branches, celebrating the noted folk label. The Asbury Park Press reported the new comp features a new version of “The Boss” covering the Pete Seeger-Lee Hays 1949 classic, “If I Had a Hammer.” Also included on the set is Springsteen’s 2006 recording of “We Shall Overcome,” which was originally released on his Grammy Award-winning We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions album.
The three-disc set, which will be released on October 19th, also features tracks by such high profile artists as Roger McGuinn & Judy Collins, Donovan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger with Billy Bragg, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, & Anne Hills, Jonathan Edwards, Natalie Merchant, Al Stewart, Tom Paxton, Jesse Winchester, John Stewart, Eric Andersen, Tom Rush, Tim Robbins, John Wesley Harding, and Tom Morello, among many others.
Billy Joel told us he was a huge fan of Bruce Springsteen’s 2006 folk-driven Seeger Sessions album and tour. He believes that one has to get into a very specific mindset to do any type of covers project — let alone one with such socio-political implications: “Sure, Pete Seeger wrote a lot of great stuff, but I think you kinda have to put yourself in that place. I think you kinda have to feel like Pete Seeger to do that. And I know that Bruce is very social-minded (and) political minded — and of course that’s what Pete Seeger was. I don’t think that way. I. . . I’m an abstractionist. The music comes first. The music is the message.” at Manhattan’s Walter Kerr Theatre.
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