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Pete Seeger - 94th Birthday Today - New Just Released CD - Spoken Word Set to a World of Music

By: PRLog
Pete Seeger celebrates his 94th birthday today—May 3rd. Hachette Audio and Jeff Haynes present a timely and unique spokenword memoir featuring Pete Seeger as he recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—set to music from musicians from all over the world.

PR Log - May 03, 2013 - BEACON, N.Y. --


Seeger celebrates his 94th birthday today—May 3rd.

Hachette Audio and Jeff Haynes present a timely and unique spokenword memoir featuring Pete Seeger as he recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems—set to music from musicians from all over the world.

It’s simply astounding!

And as Pete says: “This music brings out things in my words that I never knew before.”  

PETE SEEGER - THE STORM KING audio collection presents Seeger’s captivating spoken words in new recordings as he tells his stories in his own words—set to new music produced by world renowned percussionist/producer Jeff Haynes—created by nearly 50 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical Guitar, Folk, Jazz, Native American Music, and World Beat.

This two-hour audiobook is available on CD and as a digital download, in bookstores and online where books and music are sold.

Production Credits:

Produced and Engineered by Jeff Haynes

Executive Producer: Beth Terrill

Edited and Mixed by Corin Nelsen, C. Lanzbom, and Jeff Haynes

Mastered by Corin Nelsen

All music recorded at Jeff Haynes’s home studio with the exception of Heidi Breyer,

Will Ackerman, Ralph Stanley, Joel Henry, and Samite

Technical Support: Ian Zrodlowski Historical Advisor: David Bernz

Featured Musicians: Dar Williams, Ralph Stanley, Will Ackerman, Samite, Ritchie Stearns, Jane Kelly Williams

Musical genres: African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical, Folk, New Age, Jazz, Native American Music, and Tuvan Throat Singing

Story Summaries & Featured Musicians


2. Covered Wagon

- Classical guitar sets the mood and paints the backdrop as Pete tells the adventurous story of how his father and mother built a covered wagon in the 1920s to pull behind their Model T-Ford and drive into the southern countryside to share Classical music with the people of the region.

Music written by Terry Champlin (My Mind Was a Mirror, Answering Emma). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Terry Champlin (guitar), Helen Avakian (guitar, vocals), Sabina Torosjan (violin), Vilian Ivantchev (guitar), Jeff Haynes (percussion).

4. Talking Drum

- African music sets the stage as Pete describes his travels around the world and the complex communication that takes place in a small African village using the talking drum.

Music written by Samite Mulondo (Springs by the Old Tree). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Samite Mulondo (mbira), Tony Cedras (guitar), Jeff Haynes (percussion).

5. To Know Good Will

- American Folk music and lyrics accompany Pete as he recites a story about Lee Hays and Hays’ moving and thought-provoking poem, “To Know Good Will.”  

Music written by Nicole Paradiso (The Fall). Poems by Lee Hays (In Dead Earnest, To Know Good Will). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Nicole Paradiso (vocals, guitar), Dave Eggar (cello), C. Lanzbom (guitar), Jeff Haynes (obsidian chimes).

6. Toshi

- Soothing New Age acoustic guitar accompanies Pete as he shares stories about the near century-spanning love of his life, Toshi his wife, and her equally remarkable father.

Music written by Sean Harkness (Toshi). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Sean Harkness (guitar).

7. Storm King

- Dar William’s lyrics, celebrating Pete Seeger, are set to the Caribbean sounds of the mbira and kalimba and accompany Pete as he tells of his neighboring and beloved mountain, Storm King.

Music written by Jeff Haynes and C. Lanzbom. Lyrics by Dar Williams. Pete Seeger (spoken word), Dar Williams (vocals), Jeff Haynes (steel pan, mbiras, percussion), Doug Weiss (bass), C. Lanzbom (guitar), Chuck Palmer (timbales).

8. Jacob’s Vision  

- The inimitable Ralph Stanley sings as he did on Pete Seeger’s public television show, Rainbow Quest, in 1966. A lonely cello accompanies as Pete tells the inspiring story of how, in the midst of being blacklisted, he launched that television show.

Music based on an old hymn called “Jacob’s Vision.” Pete Seeger (spoken word), Ralph Stanley (vocals), Dave Eggar (cello).

10. Libba Cotten

- New age music infused with spoken word accompanies Pete’s narration as he tells the story of how his stepmother was reunited with her lost little girl when an African American woman found her in the department store where she was shopping. The Seeger family hired Libba Cotten as their housekeeper, but the roles change when the children discovered Libba’s guitar-playing genius and they offered to take on the chore of doing dishes in exchange for Libba’s tunes.

Music written by Heidi Breyer (American Gothic). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin (spoken word), Heidi Breyer (piano), Jeff Oster (trumpet), Joel Henry (banjo), Eugene Friesen (cello).

11. Fannie Lou Hamer

- New Age/jazz underscores Pete’s story about this profoundly brave and influential woman who risked her life and ultimately lost it in the course of her passionate, uncompromising, and triumphant fight for equality.

Music written by Timothy Hill (The Clearing). Pete Seeger (spoken word), C. Lanzbom (guitar), Timothy Hill (guitar), Valerie Haynes (vocals), Rob Scheps (saxophone), Ivan Bodley (bass).

12. Big Muddy

- Back porch swamp blues music stomps you into the Mekong River as Pete tells the controversial story of how the airing of this song, protesting the war in Vietnam, contributed to the Smothers Brothers’ show being cancelled.

Music written by Paul Cebar (Waist Deep). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Paul Cebar (guitar), Charlie Burnham (vocals), Dean Bowman (vocals), Jeff Haynes (percussion).

13. Story of the Banjo

A story, a song, and a banjo lesson—all in one! Pete tells us some of his best banjo stories, plays several amazing banjo songs, and even teaches us about the banjo—and how to play it—in this truly priceless piece.

Music based on the old folk song “The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife”, “Skip to my Lou,” and “Keep Those Banjos Ringing.” Pete Seeger (spoken word, banjo).


1. Imagine

- Will Ackerman’s new age composition sets the stage as Pete recites Jeff Haynes’ evocative poem about the Underground Railroad. Spoken word, in the character of Harriet Tubman, is interwoven with Pete’s narration and adds a profound sense of emotion and reality to the story.

Music written by Will Ackerman and Heidi Breyer (In a Region of Clouds). Poem written by Jeff Haynes (Imagine). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Will Ackerman (guitar), Rob Scheps (saxophone), Heidi Breyer (piano), Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin (spoken word).

3. Abiyoyo

- African music is interwoven with Pete’s narration as he tells this South African folk story about a little boy whose father is exiled then embraced for ridding the town of a dangerous monster.

Music written by Samite Mulondo (I Have Seen It All). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Samite Mulondo (vocals, litungu), Jeff Haynes (percussion).

4. Father  

- World beat transports listeners to a place of peace and reflection as Pete shares the thought provoking and gently humorous story of his father and his disillusionment with so-called scientific “progress.”

Music arranged by Timothy Hill and Weave (Traditional Indian/variations of Pete Seeger’s song “Turn, Turn, Turn”). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Joe Bertolozzi (gongs), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Weave: Sanjay Cherubala (vocals, mridangam), Marjorie Johnson (vocals), Timothy Hill (vocals), Seth Markel (vocals).

5. MLK 14

- Jazz sets the stage for this story as Pete describes the bold and startlingly insightful letter, written by 14-year old Martin Luther King, Jr., that set the record straight as to why inter-racial relationships first started.

Music written by Charlie Mingus (Goodbye Pork Pie Hat). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Emile Menasche (guitar).

6. Double Helix

- Bottle flute sounds, similar to Herbie Hancock’s Watermelon Man, accompany Pete as he recites an evocative poem about science and the miracle of our DNA.

Music written by Jeff Haynes. Poem written by Karen D. Taylor. Pete Seeger (spoken word), Jeff Haynes (bottle flute, percussion).

8. Rendezvous with Death  

- Bluegrass banjo and evocative lyrics about a poetic death are the perfect fit for Pete’s spirited and haunting story about his Uncle, Allen Seeger, and the overwhelmingly popular poem he wrote before he died while serving in the French Foreign Legion.

Music written by Richie Stearns (Ribbons and Bows). Poem written by Alan Seeger. Pete Seeger (spoken word), Richie Stearns (vocals and banjo), Doug Weiss (bass), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Yaeir Heber (washboard).

9. Talking Leaves

- Authentic Native American vocals and flutes accompany Pete as he tells the intriguing story of how the Cherokee alphabet was invented and the heartbreaking ‘trail of tears’ that followed.

Music written by Julie Panek-Harris (Talking Leaves). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Joan Henry (Native American chanting/vocals), Julie Panek-Harris (Native American flutes), Timothy Hill (harmonic singing), Jeff Haynes (percussion).

10. Woody Guthrie

- Bluegrass accompanies Pete as he tells the story of when Alan Lomax first recognized the amazing talent of Woody Guthrie as a ballad maker and as well as a ballad singer and offered to record all of his songs at the Library of Congress.

Music written by Joel Henry (Old Cluck Hen). Pete Seeger (spoken word), Joel Henry (banjo), Sara Milonovich (violin).

11. Where Have All the Flowers Gone?  

- Classical guitar and violin render this indelible melody as Pete tells the story, beginning with the Cossack soldiers and ending with the German actress, Marlene Dietrich, of how he came to write his lyrics and how the song was embraced around the world.

Music written by Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger (spoken word), Jeff Haynes (percussion), Bianca Merkley (vocals) Sean Harkness (guitar), Sabina Torosjan (violin).

Contact: Beth Terrill
718-757-4122 ▪

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