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August 21, 2010 at 9 am Pete Seeger boarded the deck of the Sloop he had built in 1968 with his banjo in hand and ready to record the song he had just written with his long time friend Lorre Wyatt. Pete commissioned The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to teach the Hudson Valley folks about the beauty of the river and the dangers of taking it for granted. The Clearwater sailed her maiden voyage in 1969 and three years later the Clean Water Act was passed.
Fast forward to 2010 when another body of water was in danger. Millions of barrels of crude oil had gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. Ready for action, some of the original Clearwater crew joined by new friends gathered aboard the now weathered Clearwater, armed with their weapons of choice: guitars, banjos and the power of a song.
Produced by Richard Barone and Matthew Billy
A Billy Barone Production
Video directed by Damien Drake
Pete Seeger - Lead vocals and banjo
Lorre Wyatt - Vocals and acoustic guitar
Richard Barone - Background vocals, acoustic guitar
Matthew Billy - Harmonica and engineer
Deni Bonet - Violin
Steve Holley - Percussion
Tim Luntzel - Bass
Terre Roche - Featured vocals
Janice Pendarvis - Featured vocals
Roland Mousaa - vocals
Mindy Fradkin-Mousaa (aka Princess Wow) - vocals
Chorus - Crew and passengers aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater plus: Janice Pendarvis, Candy John Carr, Jane Cole, Terre Roche, Emilie Cardinaux, Jeremy Rainer, Steve Holley, Deni Bonet, and The Outer Child Choir.
Thanks to Roland Mousaa and Princess WOW from The Smile Revolution Inc for production coordination.
A very special thanks to the Hudson River Sloop Club, Beacon, NY, for making this video possible.
Words & music by Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt
Permission granted by Roots and Branches Music Publishing. For more info visit LorreWyatt.com.
YouTube channel background image by Damien Drake. Channel avatar by mattpetricone.com.
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