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Woody Guthrie Tribute planned at Norman's Midway Deli

Oklahoma musicians Susan Herndon, Travis Linville and Greg Jacobs will pay homage to the iconic Oklahoma troubadour.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: December 20, 2012 at 5:53 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012

For Jacobs, Guthrie's Dust Bowl ballads are especially significant, and their influence can be heard clearly in his story-songs “Farmer's Luck” and “A Little Rain Will Do.” The Checotah-area native lives and runs cattle on farmland his grandfather bought more than 100 years ago.

“That's the era of Woody's writing that I kind of focus on and identify with. You know, I live on the same piece of land that my dad grew up on. I live in the same house my dad was born in,” Jacobs said in a phone interview.

“My grandfather was a farmer in the Depression, and I think about him every day when I'm out feeding the cows and stuff 'cause we're in a serious drought.”

The folk singer said he particularly admires Guthrie's knack for finding compelling stories that people could relate to and then turning them into songs.

“It's kind of like a picture ... says a thousand words. But sometimes a song can do the same thing. It can put a picture in people's minds. And that's kind of what I envision Woody was doing. And I kind of try to do that; not near on Woody Guthrie's level, though,” Jacobs said.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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