Dropkick Murphys Announce New Album and Tour Featuring the Words of Woody Guthrie

The LP, titled This Machine Still Kills Fascists, arrives September 30th, with a tour kicking off in October

Dropkick Murphys Woody Guthrie album

Dropkick Murphys are celebrating the “original punk” Woody Guthrie with a new album featuring the words of the folk legend. The LP, titled This Machine Still Kills Fascists, arrives September 30th, and will be accompanied by a stripped-down acoustic fall tour in support of the release.

Dropkick Murphys have had a longstanding relationship with the estate of Woody Guthrie, as one of their signature songs, 2006’s “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” features lyrics written by the folk icon. This time around, with the help of Woody’s daughter Nora, the band has recorded an entire album’s worth of songs featuring Guthrie’s words.

The US tour in support of This Machine Still Kills Fascists will feature Dropkick Murphys delivering intimate sit-down acoustic performances. The outing kicks off October 20th in Concord, New Hampshire, and runs through a November 19th show in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (June 24th) via Ticketmaster, with pre-sales beginning Wednesday and Thursday (use code DAZZLE).

On how the album and tour came together, Dropkick Murphys co-vocalist Ken Casey explained, “The project has been a long time in the making. Nora Guthrie thought her father would’ve got a kick out of us, would’ve liked us, that we were somewhat kindred spirits so to speak, which to us was a huge honor.”

Nora Guthrie added, “I collected lyrics on all kinds of topics … lyrics that seemed to be needed to be said — or screamed — today. Ken Casey is a master at understanding Woody’s lyrics, which can be complicated, long, deadly serious, or totally ridiculous. DKM is capable of delivering them all.”

The album was recorded in Tulsa in Woody’s home state of Oklahoma while co-vocalist Al Barr was tending to his ailing mother. Instead of recording a normal Dropkick Murphys album without Barr, the band thought it was an ideal time to tackle the Woody Guthrie project.

As part of the process, the band was given full access to Woody’s archives, with Dropkick guitarist James Lynch explaining, “Nora gave us the privilege of going through the archives and selecting some lyrics to use. The common thread that I see through everything was this love for people and this understanding of the universal truth that there is no one person fundamentally better than another person.”

The first single, “Two 6’s Upside Down,” will arrive on July 6th, but can be heard, in part, along with some other tunes in the album trailer. Watch the trailer, and see the tour dates, album cover and tracklist, below. Pick up tickets to the upcoming tour here.

Dropkick Murphys Fall 2022 US Acoustic Tour Dates with Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Ahern:
10/20 – Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts
10/21 – Providence, RI @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium
10/22 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Caesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus
10/24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
10/25 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
10/27 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/28 – Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
10/29 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Andrew J Brady Music Center
10/30 – Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theatre
11/01 – Tulsa, OK @ Tulsa Theater
11/02 – Omaha, NE @ The Holland Center
11/03 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
11/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre
11/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
11/09 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/10 – Monterey, CA @ Golden State Theatre
11/11 – Reno, NV @ Silver Legacy Resort & Casino – Grande Expo Hall
11/13 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
11/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre
11/17 – Des Moines, IA @ Hoyt Sherman Place Theater
11/18 – Chesterfield, MO @ The Factory
11/19 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

This Machine Still Kills Fascists Artwork:

Dropkick Murphys This Machine Kills Fascists

This Machine Still Kills Fascists Tracklist:
01. Two 6’s Upside Down
02. Talking Jukebox
03. All You Fonies
04. Never Git Drunk No More (featuring Nikki Lane)
05. Ten Times More
06. The Last One” (featuring Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours)
07. Cadillac, Cadillac
08. Waters Are A’risin
09. Where Trouble Is At
10. Dig A Hole (featuring Woody Guthrie)

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