#30 wilco – california stars (live)

my afternoon at starbucks had a welcome interruption yesterday with the opening guitar strums of “california stars”, one of the woody guthrie songs that billy bragg worked with wilco in bringing to life in the mermaid avenue series. i had almost forgotten how much i loved this song when i first started listening to wilco, starting with the perfection of yankee hotel foxtrot and working my way back to their older country days. “california stars” has been a live favorite of theirs for years, and this version (live at the ryman, nashville in ’02, recording courtesy of captains dead) adds a more prominent piano part that complements the simple guitar rhythms of the original.

mp3: wilco – california stars (live)

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