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Special Exhibit

Hard Travelin’: Woody Guthrie, the Kingston Trio, and the Folk Revival Debuts in Tulsa on September 23

On September 23, the Woody Guthrie Center will debut the special exhibit Hard Travelin’: Woody Guthrie, the Kingston Trio, and the Folk Revival. Co-curated by the Center, the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, and the Kingston Trio Legacy Project, this exhibit traces the influence of traditional folk songs on Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and their contemporaries.

The exhibit continues the threads of influence with artifacts related to the Red Scare and blacklisting of artists in the 1950s, the Kingston Trio and their tremendous success in making folk songs popular with a new generation, and the Folk Revival era. Some of the numerous items included in the exhibit are instruments owned by Josh White, the Kingston Trio, and Odetta; handwritten documents from artists featured in each section, with a special display of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics of “Song to Woody”; multiple listening stations; video displays, and much more.

“Without the Folk Revival of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, America may never have been introduced to greats such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, and Peter, Paul and Mary,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. “This exhibit will explore one of the greatest American music periods of the post-World War II era – beginning with its pioneers Woody Guthrie and the Kingston Trio – and how it came to give rock & roll its conscience, and inspire a new generation of music fans.”

The Woody Guthrie Center will hold an exclusive grand opening event on September 23 for members and donors only, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Santelli will be hosting a discussion with Folk Revival artist and Oklahoma native Tom Paxton. A signature cocktail, the “Good Night, Irene,” as described on a concert promotion flyer for the Weavers will be provided to those attending the opening. Woody Guthrie Center memberships are available starting at $50.

“It’s been such a pleasure to work with our friends at the GRAMMY Museum and the Kingston Trio Legacy Project as we trace the way music transcends the boundaries of time,” noted Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center. “The artifacts included in this exhibit show the influence of the past on the future as a new generation finds its own voice.”

The final day to see the exhibit will be March 13, 2016, after which it will travel to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, and then to other venues across the United States.


Event Sponsors:

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Folk Alliance International