Folk music legend Arlo Guthrie has collaborated with solo pianist Jim Wilson for a rendition of Stephen Collins Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More.” The release comes along with a music video, which features “Guthrie performing in quarantine along with Wilson and featured special guests including vocalist Vanessa Bryan, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Andy McKee, a gospel choir, and other notable artists.” (Quote via press release.)
“I grew up in a family that cared about the hardships of others,” said Guthrie via press release. “My father was well known for writing and performing songs to offer hope. ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’ resonates with me, and I know it did as well with Woody. Though it was first released around 1900, the message endures with the calamities of today being utterly unjustifiable. We must come together not only as a country, but all across the globe in this dire moment.”
Guthrie reached out to Wilson about the collaboration in March of 2020. The two had never met in person, and even now, they still have not met. According to a press release, “the full production of the single and video for ‘Hard Times Come Again No More’ was recorded remotely, to incredible effect. All musicians donated their time for a just cause.”
Watch the video below!