In 1998, Wilco teamed up with English singer-activist Billy Bragg to release Mermaid Avenue, an album featuring unearthed lyrics by Woody Guthrie, the iconic folk singer. Mermaid Avenue Vol. II followed in 2000.
And now, 12 years later, Nonesuch will release a box set titled Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions. It contains the two previously released albums along with Mermaid Avenue Vol. III , which collects 17 previously unreleased recordings. The box also features the 1999 film Man in the Sand, directed by Kim Hopkins, which documented the sessions, as well as a 48-page book with photographs, reproductions of Guthrie's sketches and lyric sheets, and new liner notes by Guthrie's daughter, Nora Guthrie.