The Woody Guthrie Centennial

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“There’s several ways of saying what’s on your mind. And in states and counties where it ain’t any too healthy to talk too loud, speak your mind, or even to vote like you want to, folks have found other ways of getting the word around.

One of the mainest ways is by singing. Drop the word ‘folk’ and just call it real old honest to god American singing. No matter who makes it up, no matter who sings it and who don’t, if it talks the lingo of the people, it’s a cinch to catch on, and will be sung here and yonder for a long time after you’ve cashed in your chips.

If the fight gets hot, the songs get hotter. If the going gets tough, the songs get tougher.”

-Woody Guthrie

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2012 marks the centennial year of the birth of the great Oklahoma-born singer, songwriter and folk-musician, Woody Guthrie.  In honor of his life and his accomplishments, many events have been planned throughout the year to celebrate his influence and contributions to music and American culture.  The complete schedule of events can be found at, the official centennial website. 

Poster available at the Woody Guthrie Store

Among these events including exhibitions, panel discussions and conferences is of course, concerts.

The very first of 5 scheduled  “This Land is Your Land:  Woody Guthrie at 100” tribute concerts is to be held here, in Woody Guthrie’s birth state, this weekend.

Saturday’s show at the Brady Theater  in Tulsa begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature…

John Mellencamp and Arlo Guthrie 


The Del McCoury Band with Tim O’Brien, Rosanne Cash, The Flaming Lips, Hanson, Jimmy LaFave and Old Crow Medicine Show


Other Woody Guthrie Centennial Events this weekend include…

Woody at 100 Exhibit – Gilcrease Museum (through April 29)

“Red Dirt Hootenanny” presented by the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival on Friday, March 9 at the Cain’s Ballroom.  Featured artists in include:  The Red Dirt Rangers, Monica Taylor, Randy Crouch and Terry “Buffalo” Ware

If you can’t make any of these events, or if you don’t live anywhere remotely close to Oklahoma, be sure to check the schedule – there are many events scheduled nation-wide as well as world-wide.  And, while you’re visiting the website (, be sure to listen to the Woody Guthrie song of the day – you might just hear a new tune and be inspired like so many others!

And…in case you haven’t had a chance to take a look at Issue 5 – you might find a little bit of Woody’s influence in Mary Beth’s apartmnet – he’s one of her favorites!  Here are a couple of things we found in her store that might help you bring Woody Guthrie into your home…





Poster and Book both available at Dwelling Spaces



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Lisa is a mother of three who works as a fashion and wardrobe consultant. As a former French and Latin teacher, the time she spent living in France has an ongoing influence on her style, both in fashion and interiors (she has the most comprehensive collection of plain white shirts you’ve ever seen!). She considers shopping a true hobby, a skill which was put to good use as she recently completed an addition and remodel of her family’s 1958 home in Midtown Tulsa. Throughout her home, you can recognize her emphasis on comfort with a few quirky touches that make it a true reflection of her family and their collective style. Lisa is old school and has yet to latch on to this whole “social media” phenomena

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  1. Yay, Woody! I love that there’s so much celebration for him! And if you want to celebrate his birthday ON his birthday, there’s always the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in July in his hometown of Okemah! It’s where I met my hubby even :)

  2. dls

    Love your blog….


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