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Review: Woody Guthrie celebration in Tulsa features all-star performances

BY Jennifer Chancellor Published: March 11, 2012

The “This Land is Your Land: A Woody Guthrie Centennial Concert” heralded a sold-out crowd Saturday night at a historic music venue nearly as old as Guthrie himself, The Brady Theater.

Oklahoma champion and author Michael Wallace opened the night with the words of the Okemah native and late folk icon Woody Guthrie: “I hate a song that makes you feel as though you're not any good. ... The songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you.”

Indeed, Guthrie's son Arlo then took the stage to a standing ovation and rowdy cheers as he lit into a version of his father's “Talking Dust Bowl Blues.”

Fans young and old, in dinner gowns and in jeans, button-down business shirts to flannel squeezed into seats for the once-in-a-lifetime lineup of iconic American musicians, all paying tribute to the man who inspired them.

The night featured an energetic and eclectic mix of Woody Guthrie's son Arlo Guthrie, and John Mellencamp, Rosanne Cash, The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne, Hanson, Old Crow Medicine Show, Tim O'Brien, Jimmy LaFave and more.

“What a pleasure to be celebrating the birthday of Woody Guthrie right here in Tulsa tonight,” added Old Crow Medicine Show as the group sang “one for the ladies” — Guthrie's “Union Maid.”

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