We’re a day early, but here’s a weekend birthday shout-out to Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie. Saturday marks the 100th anniversary of the singer-songwriter’s birth in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma.
Best known for This Land is Our Land, Guthrie also wrote Baltimore to Washington —the “they got troubles, too,” song. He died in 1967 of complications from Huntington’s disease.
Of course, the American folk hero lives on through his recordings — and those like Billy Bragg, who cover his tunes and plainspoken lyrics.
In fact, Bragg, the English punk-turned-folkie — as part of his “There Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me” tour (an homage to Guthrie’s lyrics in Way Over There in the Minor Key) will playing the day after Guthrie’s birthday at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Md.
Amazingly (I bought tickets weeks ago), when last checked late Friday afternoon, seats were still available for the Sunday evening show...