We were inspired by many of the agreeable greats of the Folk, Country, and Americana genres. Our favorite chords are C, F, and G. So, if you’d like to play along, well, it’s that easy.
Of our infamous families, the two of us had been the musical holdouts until we gave into the force and began writing and playing music together. Armed with a ukulele and a guitar, we penned songs such as ‘Shit Makes the Flowers Grow’, ‘Knock Me Up’, and ‘Motherfucker Got Fucked Up’ and we thought, “What a crime it would be to keep these national treasures to ourselves. How can we keep silent when we are the voice of a nation?”
You may not hear us on the radio, since our songs have been described as “inappropriate”, “off-color”, “not ready for mainstream” and “NSFW”(Not Safe For Work).
Our debut release, 'Folk Uke', is self-titled, as are we. It was produced by Abe Guthrie and ourselves. "Family values" would be the common chord in this unprecedented collection of songs, since we let our Dads, Willie Nelson and Arlo Guthrie, take the solos and chime in when they were compelled to do so. It was the least we could do for our executive producers. It made them feel good and that made us feel good; so we took the chance that it would make thousands of people feel good and we printed thousands of copies.
We sure hope you'll buy one, or ten, or even twenty...
Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson
“Folk Uke, (self-titled, self-released): The KAOS Music Department's favorite album of the year; one listen and you'll know why. Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie lay down eight tracks of sometimes naughty, sometimes obscene, and always pretty, ukulele-driven folk. Amazing harmonies abound in songs like "Tonight You Belong to Me" and "Knock Me Up." A nightmare for the Parent's Music Resource Center but a dream come true for fans of downright beautiful music.” - by Bryan Johnson & Ben Kennedy, KAOS Student Music Directors
"Take a pinch of Guthrie, a twist of Nelson, a couple ukuleles, some Mighty Wind, and estrogen supplements. Now mix all the ingredients together with a mortar and pestle, sit back and tell the world, Folk Uke! This debut self-release from Amy Nelson and Cathy Guthrie features eight uke-infused, traditionally harmonized girls bathroom masterpieces ranging from “Sh☺t Makes the Flowers Grow”, to “Motherf☺cker Got F☺cked Up”. Their folk roots show through choice repertoire arrangements of the David Lee/Billy Rose classic “Tonight You Belong To Me”, and Johnny Cash/ Roy Cash Jr. tune “I Still Miss Someone. Folk music needs a good laugh, regularly. Daily, really. Humor is the best part about folk music, the twist of the lyric when it’s nearly limerick verse. With an overtone of natural female harmony, simple strum-strum room mic intimacy, and some proud fathers Arlo and Willie swapping leads and background vocals, this is likely to be the best folk record out today, and I’m not folking around here." - Matt Reasor, American Songwriter Magazine