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Dropkick Murphys (from the album Okemah Rising available on Dummy Luck Records) (by Danny McCloskey)
Championing Woody Guthrie and his music has become a mission for Boston hometown heroes Dropkick Murphys. Following their previous (2002) effort, This Machine Kills Fascists (the group’s first all-acoustic release), Dropkick Murphys return with Okemah Rising, a second installment in an on-going Woody Guthrie tribute. Opening on a high-stepping drum beats, Dropkick Murphys begin the Okemah Rising with “My Eyes Are Gonna Shine” as they hush the playing under a siren’s wail for “Hear the Curfew Blow”, issue a warning in “Run Hitler Run”, and soundtrack tough-love memories with a whimsical melody with “When I Was a Little Boy”. The rhythm becomes airborne when Dropkick Murphys let fingers fly across “I Know How It Feels” as they commiserate with the masses.
Okemah Rising welcomes musical friends in when Violent Femmes join the band for “Gotta Get to Peeskill” and fellow Boston musician Jesse Ahern follows the clarion call of percussion into “Rippin’ Up the Boundary Line”. While the words of Woody Guthrie have long been used to spark a fire and burn down injustice, Okemah Rising provides a moment of humor when Jaime Wyatt steps up to the microphone to share vocals in “Bring It Home”. The Woody Guthrie musical bro-mance began for Dropkick Murphys with their breakthrough hit, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston”, the band providing melody and rhythm to Woody’s words. Okemah Rising, fittingly, closes out with Dropkick Murphys offering a variation of the tune with “I’m Shipping Up to Boston (Tulsa Version)”. (by Danny McCloskey)
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