Music to Soothe the Lonesome Traveler

April 3, 2015 7:11 PM

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There is nothing about feeling lonely in Lonesome Traveler, a musical playing at 59 E59 Theaters that spans the history of American folk music from the dust bowl days to the present. It's the kind of music that represented a country able to recognize its own suffering and injustice and express that recognition through song. Of course, folk music couldn't by itself resolve the problems of unfair wages, unjust wars, and racism, but they went a long way in helping to heal the pain. Folk music helped bolster the creation of communities, including the unions, and in rallying support against war.

The U.S. was a less populated country when singers like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Odetta brought the news to the people through song. And people were spread out... riding box cars, moving west to look for work...always hoping to better their lives. Songs helped tell their stories and help relie...

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