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Springsteen unveils 'Seeger Sessions'

April 21, 2006 at 7:41 PM

ASBURY PARK, N.J., April 21 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen went old-school with a 17-piece band as he unveiled "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" in Asbury Park, N.J.

Springsteen was backed by horns, fiddles, an accordion and pedal steel guitar, among other instruments, as he performed a range of legendary folksinger Pete Seeger songs during a benefit concert at Convention Hall Thursday night, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

Springsteen let loose with a range of styles from bluegrass to funk but did not play any of his own rock classics during the two-hour performance.

He dedicated Seeger's anti-war ballad "Mrs. McGrath" to Cindy Sheehan and revamped the lyrics of "How Can a Poor Man Stand Times Like These and Live" to relate to the suffering of New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina.

"The Seeger Sessions" will be released nationwide Tuesday.

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