Dropkick Murphys Honoring Woody Guthrie with ‘This Machine Still Kills Fascists’ Album; Acoustic Theatre Tour

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Massachusetts-based Celtic/punk band Dropkick Murphys are known the world over for their loud, proud and high-energy blend of styles and electrifying live show — but at their core, the ensemble has long maintained an appreciation for the work of folk legend Woody Guthrie.

On Sept. 30, Dropkick Murphys will bring Guthrie’s words to life on a new acoustic album titled This Machine Still Kills Fascists.

Per a news release:

In the 10 songs that make up This Machine Still Kills Fascists, Dropkick Murphys bring Woody Guthrie’s perennial jabs at life – many of which are from the 1940s and ‘50s – into the present, with the resulting music eerily relevant to today’s world. And they’ve done it all without their usual arsenal of electric guitars. In fact, not a single amplifier was used to animate Woody’s words in these songs, but DKM harnessed all of their trademark power to bring Woody’s lyrics to life.

Musically, the intriguing project will bring together the band’s songwriting style paired with some lyrics Guthrie wrote but never used in songs, part of a lengthy history between the band and Guthrie’s daughter, Nora:

The idea for the collaboration that became This Machine Still Kills Fascists has been percolating between Woody’s daughter Nora Guthrie and the band for more than a decade, with Nora curating a collection of her father’s never-published lyrics for the band over the years. The challenge was always finding the right time to pull it together. When Dropkick Murphys co-lead vocalist Al Barr was sidelined in the latter half of 2021 – taking a leave of absence from the band to care for his ailing mother – the band was apprehensive about making a normal DKM album. The perfect time to take on the Woody project had presented itself, and the band leapt at the chance to bring more of Woody’s timeless lyrics to life with a Dropkick Murphys musical twist. The end result is This Machine Still Kills Fascists – the true fruition of like-minded rebellious artists collaborating – albeit nearly a century apart.

Nora Guthrie explained, “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.”

DKM’s James Lynch said, “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 track listing:

“Two 6’s Upside Down”
“Talking Jukebox”
“All You Fonies”
“Never Git Drunk No More” (featuring Nikki Lane)
“Ten Times More”
“The Last One” (featuring Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours)
“Cadillac, Cadillac”
“Waters Are A’risin”
“Where Trouble Is At”
“Dig A Hole” (featuring Woody Guthrie)

Dropkick Murphys also announced a theater tour for the fall in connection to the album:

Thu., Sept. 1

Allentown, PA

The Great Allentown Fair *

Fri., Sept. 2

Essex Junction, VT

Champlain Valley Fair *

Sat., Sept. 3

Syracuse, NY

The Great New York State Fair *

Fri., Sept. 16

West Springfield, MA

The Big E *

Thu., Oct. 20

Concord, NH

Capitol Center for the Arts

Fri., Oct. 21

Providence, RI

Veterans Memorial Auditorium

Sat., Oct. 22

Atlantic City, NJ

Caesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus #

Mon., Oct. 24

Brooklyn, NY

Kings Theatre

Tue., Oct. 25

Washington, DC

Lincoln Theatre

Thu., Oct. 27

North Charleston, SC

North Charleston Performing Arts Center

Fri., Oct. 28

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Sat., Oct. 29

Cincinnati, OH

The Andrew J Brady Music Center

Sun., Oct. 30

Greensburg, PA (Pittsburgh)

Palace Theatre

Tue., Nov. 1

Tulsa, OK

Tulsa Theater

Wed., Nov. 2

Omaha, NE

The Holland Center

Thu., Nov. 3

Denver, CO

Paramount Theatre

Sat., Nov. 5

Phoenix, AZ

Orpheum Theatre

Sun., Nov. 6

Silverado, CA

Oak Canyon Park (Punk In The Park) *

Tue., Nov. 8

Los Angeles, CA

Orpheum Theatre

Wed., Nov. 9

Oakland, CA

Fox Theater

Thu., Nov. 10

Monterey, CA

Golden State Theatre

Fri., Nov. 11

Reno, NV

Silver Legacy Resort & Casino – Grande Expo Hall +

Sun., Nov. 13

Seattle, WA

Moore Theatre

Wed., Nov. 16

Minneapolis, MN

State Theatre

Thu., Nov. 17

Des Moines, IA

Hoyt Sherman Place Theater

Fri., Nov. 18

Chesterfield, MO (St. Louis)

The Factory

Sat., Nov. 19

Nashville, TN

Ryman Auditorium

* Festival or fair date, full electric show (without Jaime Wyatt and Jesse Ahern)

# Tickets on sale TBD

+ Tickets on sale July 1

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