Watch the Boss and company perform the folk standard “Oh Shenandoah.” In this recently released video (originally filmed in 2006 during the recording of We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions), the song reaches new heights with Springsteen’s signature anthemic, yet acoustic, sound. His arrangement starts off sparsely, but grows and swells, not unlike a rolling river.

AG Editor at Large Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers spoke with the album’s inspiration, Pete Seeger, shortly after The Seeger Sessions came out. The legendary folksinger’s feelings about being featured in the title weren’t surprising, given his reputation for avoiding the spotlight: “I wish he hadn’t used my name,” Seeger said. “He could have given me credit inside, saying he got onto a lot of these songs after listening to my records.”


Read more about Pete Seeger’s lasting legacy here.

Want to learn to play “Oh Shenandoah?” Check out our arrangement here.

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