Woody Guthrie

Born: July 14, 1912
Okemah, OK, USA
Died: October 3, 1967

Known and hailed by many as the most important North American folk singer of modern times, Woody Guthrie has influenced countless young folkie hopefuls, not least of all Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Guthrie put his soul into his music, and his soul had seen some misery in it's day. He was born into the Oklahoma dust-bowl days, and his family was impoverished. Guthrie soon split to experience the rest of the world. He hopped a train one day and never looked back. He freely roamed America via rail, hitchhiking, and foot. He had a very fond appreciation for the natural beauty of America, and wrote about it in the folk favorite This Land Is Your Land. He also wrote about the tragedy and uplifting spirit of the American migrant worker, dust-bowl refugee, and other down-trodden every-day people. He wrote over 1,000 songs, and also published 4 books of poetry and prose before being hospitalized with Huntington's Chorea in 1954. He is also the father and main influence of the also-famous Arlo Guthrie.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter Vocals

Bluegrass Country-Folk

Woody Guthrie Has Worked With:
Arlo Guthrie Jack Guthrie Pete Seeger

Woody Guthrie Was Influenced By:
Maybelline Carter

Artists That Were Influenced By Woody Guthrie:
Preacher Boy Oscar Brand Bob Dylan Ramblin' Jack Elliott Mary Travers Josh White
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