The Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum, in conjunction with Woody Guthrie Publications Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives, has announced the addition of Jackson Browne as a special guest to the “This Land Is Your Land – The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert” lineup in Tulsa.
Taking place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at The Brady Theater, the concert serves as the pinnacle of the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration in Tulsa, and it is the first installment of the series.
Jackson Browne joins the previously announced lineup of John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Rosanne Cash, Del McCoury Band, The Flaming Lips, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hanson, Tim O’Brien and Jimmy LaFave, who will be performing various Guthrie classics. Author Michael Wallis and poet Joy Harjo also will be participating as narrators for the show using various Woody Guthrie texts.
Our sources here at BAM’s Blog indicate that Browne may be collaborating with the Lips during the concert.
“The goal of The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert is not just to pay tribute to Guthrie’s obvious contributions to American music, but to also broaden the national understanding of his cultural impact,” said Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli in the announcement. “The lineup scheduled for the Brady Theater show in Tulsa speaks volumes about Guthrie’s influence. It’s truly an honor to be producing this all-star event.”
Woody Guthrie’s sister, Mary Jo Edgmon, also will be attending the celebration and will be receiving a Grammy Museum American Music History plaque on behalf of Woody’s birthplace, Okemah, to honor their annual Woody Guthrie Festival.
Designed to celebrate Guthrie’s extraordinary body of work and impact on American music, Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, will take place Monday-March 11. In addition to the concert, the celebration will include a George Kaiser Family Foundation-sponsored exhibition titled “Woody at One Hundred: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration 1912-2012″ at Gilcrease Museum, various educational programming, and a conference at the University of Tulsa titled “Different Shades of Red.”
The George Kaiser Family Foundation, a Tulsa-based charitable organization, purchased the Woody Guthrie Archives in 2011 from Woody Guthrie Publications in New York and will create a permanent home for the Archives and make Guthrie’s collection available for research and education in downtown Tulsa.
The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration is one of the largest and most comprehensive centennial celebrations ever staged for an American music icon. For the most up-to-date information and a complete schedule of events for the entire Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration, visit www.woody100.com.