Elizabeth Mitchell is on a roll, just coming off of a tribute to Woody Guthrie, and now with an upcoming release in October called “Blue Clouds.”
“Blue Clouds” is another Smithsonian Folkways release and it is sure to be yet another beautifully arranged album. With some originals, renditions of traditional songs and covers from David Bowie, Van Morrison and even Jimi Hendrix I’d say we’re in for a treat.
Below is a sneak preview of a few songs from the album, which includes the Bowie cover “Kooks”, a rendition of “Froggie Went-A-Courtin” and the title track “Blue Clouds,” a lullaby written by Daniel Littleton (Mitchell’s husband) for their daughter Storey when she was 3 years old.
Sneak Preview – Listen to Selections from Blue Clouds
I am so absolutely looking forward to this release of this album which contains a killer all female lineup from the “Science Fair” album, a charity compilation being released by Spare the Rock Records. According to Paste Magazine, who premiered the video and lineup, “The album is themed around science and engineering education for girls, who, according to research, often avoid scientific fields.”
The first video, “I Am A Scientist,” is a cover of the Guided By Voices song and it is awesome. For those of you Yo Gabba Gabba fans out there you might be familiar with Mates of State from their appearance on the show doing “No One Likes to Be Left Out.”
Full lineup and video below.
1. Babe the Blue Ox – Surfin’ Minnesota
2. Moona Luna – H2O
3. The Deedle Deedle Dees and IMPACT Repertory Theatre – Time Machine
4. Frances England – Goldilocks Zone
5. The Nields – Butterfly
6. Laura Veirs – Little Black Rock
7. Elizabeth Mitchell – Phytoplankton
8. Mates of State – I Am a Scientist
9. Wunmi – Rainbow
10. Cat & a Bird – Constellation Bound
11. Lunch Money – To Be a Fossil
12. MC Fireworks (with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo) – Rocket Science
13. Renee & Jeremy – (I Wanna Be Like) Madame Curie
14. Rachel Loshak – Oh Girl (with John Munson)
15. Alison Faith Levy & Rudy Trubitt – Deja Vu
16. Lori Henriques – Heisenberg’s Aha!
17. Barbara Brousal – I Wonder
18. Ashley Albert – The Science Fair.
In July, Elizabeth Mitchell will be releasing a new album from the Smithsonian Folkways label. The album, “Little Seed,” is the only album containing Woody Guthrie’s children’s songs just in time to for his centennial celebration.
Mitchell is featured on the album along with her husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey and friends, including Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Ruthy Ungar.
“Little Seed” will contain 13 songs (totaling 29 minutes), 8 of which are new recordings while 5 are previously released recordings by Mitchell. Below is a track listing plus 2 sample sneak peaks which existing fans and newbies are sure to enjoy.
We are eagerly awaiting this release! Anytime we get to hear Elizabeth Mitchell (and family), it is always such a delight and the pairing of her with Woody Guthrie’s work just seems so right.
Enjoy a sneak preview of Bling Blang and This Land is Your Land.
1. Riding in My Car
2. Bling Blang*
3. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8*
4. Why, Oh Why *
5. Sleep Eye *
6. Who’s My Pretty Baby?
7. Rattle My Rattle*
8. This Land Is Your Land*
10. One Day Old
11. Little Sugar
12. Grassy Grass Grass
13. Little Seed*