Dropkick Murphys Launch Woody Guthrie-Inspired “This Machine…” Tour – Billboard
Boston punk-rock legends, the Dropkick Murphys, hit the road this October to honor American folk hero Woody Guthrie for their This machine… Tour of the theater.
The outing, which begins Oct. 20 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, will be the band’s first seated theatrical tour, bringing Guthrie’s lyrics to life on their new 10-song acoustic album. This machine still kills fascistswhich will be released on digital and CD on September 30, with a special vinyl edition in November.
The first single and video from the album “Two 6’s Upside Down” will be released on July 6th.
“The project has been in the works for a long time,” said the founder of Dropkick Murphys. Ken Casey said in a statement. “Nora Guthrie thought his dad would have gotten a kick out of us, loved us, that we were kind of like kindred spirits so to speak, which for us was a huge honor,”
Nora Guthrie provided the group with lyrics written by her father which were incorporated into their 2004 hit song “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and was featured in the movie. The dead.
Over the past decade, Nora Guthrie has continued to curate a collection of her father’s unpublished lyrics for the band. In 2021, the co-vocalist of Dropkick Murphys Al Barr took time off to care for his sick mother. Instead of making a “normal Dropkick Murphy album,” says a press release, the band started going through the lyrics that Nora Guthrie had compiled for the band and came up with a proposal. This machine still kills fascistsa record which, according to the band, is “the true fruit of the collaboration of like-minded rebellious artists – albeit almost a century apart”.
The title of the album pays homage to the text that Woody Guthrie painted on his guitars in the early 1940s in the middle of World War II – “this machine kills fascists”.
New record includes guest appearances from Nikki Lane, Turnpike Troubadours Evan Felker and Woody Guthrie’s grandson Cole Quest. Tour dates and ticket information are available at www.DropkickMurphys.com.