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Elizabeth Mitchell Earns First Grammy Nomination With 'Little Seed' From Smithsonian Folkways

Little SeedSmithsonian Folkways Recordings artist Elizabeth Mitchell earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Children’s Album with Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie. Released in June 2012 as part of the Woody at 100 celebration, the album reflects Mitchell’s personal connection to Guthrie’s music and her adventurous approach to arranging and interpreting traditional songs. A chance discovery of a vinyl copy of Guthrie’s album Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child in a record store twenty years ago inspired Mitchell to embark on the path of making music for children. In Little Seed’s extensive liner notes she writes, “Woody Guthrie's songs for children are a gift to all of us. At this point in my life, they are a part of me, part of my family...these fragments of sweetness and mystery touch our souls. These songs have been part of my journey from being a teacher in New York City to singing concerts in the Redwood Forests of California....”

Woody Guthrie's Children's Songs Re-Imagined By Elizabeth Mitchell On 'Little Seed'

Little SeedOn July 10, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release Elizabeth Mitchell's 'Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie,' featuring re-imagined renditions of 13 kid-friendly Guthrie classics. The only album of Guthrie's children's songs coinciding with the Woody Guthrie Centennial (, 'Little Seed' pays tribute to the legendary songwriter's uncanny ability to inhabit both the perspective of a loving, protective parent and the voice of a freewheeling child. The album includes thoughtful versions of children's songs "Riding in My Car," "Grassy Grass Grass," and "Bling Blang." Mitchell also shares her version of "This Land Is Your Land," Guthrie's signature song that many people consider a second national anthem.

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