Which is Alaska! I head there tomorrow to meet up with musical friends Tim Easton, Dylan Lee Johnston, and Nellie Clay… We will be playing the Salmonstock Festival again this year. I’ll be out there touring around a few weeks… I’ve no idea what adventures are in store!
Tim Easton and I just got back from a wonderful week in Oklahoma. We played for the first time at The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, OK before moving on to Woodyfest in Okemah, OK. Woody lived in Okemah when he was young, and the history there is powerful. So many great artists come for Woodyfest and I really had an excellent time sharing music and stories with everyone. Below is a picture of David Amram and me playing during his set.
Amram was ubiquitous at the festival, and probably should have won an award for the most entertaining person on stage, as well as frequency, and endurance (at 83 he stayed up later than me every night, we are talking past 5 AM usually).
In addition to that, I really enjoyed getting to hear Arlo Guthrie perform with his band. I’ve been listening to him since I was a kid, but had never seen him live. When I met him, his speaking voice was so familiar to me, I felt like we knew each other! He has a beautiful family, and I am grateful to call them friends.
I really love the spirit of Woody Guthrie. I have just finished re-reading ‘Bound for Glory’ again, and especially since I was just on his old stomping grounds in Okemah, I can feel the sprit of him and understand so much more about him. His traveling days were much harder than ours, but I can still relate to many of his experiences, and how a little bit of creativity can go a long way.