Dropkick Murphys' history with Woody Guthrie dates back decades, from covering "Gonna Be A Blackout Tonight" on their 2003 album "Blackout", to using some of Guthrie's writing about Boston in their immortal hit "I'm Shipping Up To Boston".
On their 2022 album, "This Machine Still Kills Fascists", Dropkick Murphys crafted an entire record around the seminal American folk icon, bringing 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.
"Okemah Rising" is the second and final installment of this collaboration, and the band bring it home with a bang. Whereas the goal of "This Machine Still Kills Fascists" was to raise consciousness, "Okemah Rising" intends to raise the roof. It may have one or two tender moments, but all in all it's much more of a party. But even a party record can have a message.