The Web offers a wealth of information about Billy Bragg, Wilco, and even Woody Guthrie. Fans have put up lyrics, downloadable songs, even, in the case of Billy Bragg, a quiz. Here are some of the best sites.
Mermaid Avenue: This is the album's official site, created by Elektra. It's got biographies, information about the album, and a short sound clip from one of the songs.
Woody Guthrie: This is the best site devoted to the seminal folk singer. It has history, a discography, links to the Guthrie newsgroup, sound clips, and lyrics. Also here is information about the 1st Annual Woody Guthrie Birthday Hootenanny next month, at which Billy Bragg will play.
Do Try This At Home: This site, whose title is a pun on "Don't Try This At Home," Bragg's 1991 album offers a wealth of information on the singer: a detailed discography, latest tour news, photos, even a message board.
Reaching For That Other Shore: The creator of this site (whose title comes from a lyric from "Upfield," a song on "William Bloke," Bragg's latest record) is so fanatical, he's even created a Billy Bragg trivia quiz. Did you know that the singer's first name is actually Stephen? The site also has photos, bootlegs, and Bragg news.
Wilcoweb: This is the band's official website. It features pictures of the Mermaid Avenue recording sessions. An encyclopedic site, it has lyrics, touring info, a biography, merchandise, a section of downloadable songs, and an archive of newspaper and magazine articles about the band.
Billy, Woody and Wilco On The Web
Written by David Kohn