Woody Guthrie


Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told an estimated crowd of 6,900 in Tulsa on Wednesday night that he is ready to "make history" on March 1 and win Oklahoma's primary.

"When I look out at this crowd, I don't think there's any way that we're gonna lose on Tuesday," Sanders said, to thunderous applause.

During the 50-minute speech, Sanders called for justice reform and investing in the American workforce. He spoke to another roughly 2,000 supporters who could not get into the Cox Business Center following the speech.

"These are just the strongest melodies and the strongest ideas that occurred to me over a three to four year period, distilled."

In the winter of 1987, music producer Todd Lockwood was on the lookout for a hot new project to grow his label. Lockwood owned the White Crow recording studio in Burlington, Vt. — and he didn't have to look far to find his bold idea.

That idea? Get Bernie Sanders — then the longtime mayor of Burlington — into the studio to record a few of his favorite songs.

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How many degrees of separation do you think there are between presidential candidate Donald Trump and folksinger Woody Guthrie? Well, we learned this week that it's a lot fewer than you might guess.

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Folk performers like John Fullbright, Terri Hendrix and the son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, are set to play the 17th edition of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, which continues today through Sunday in the tiny eastern Oklahoma town of Okemah.

Mitch Gilliam traces the pioneering influence of Woody Guthrie on today’s punk-folk vagabond musicians.
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Woody Guthrie's relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours. But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period. His reputation there is now closer to a full restoration as Oklahoma opens his archives.