Artists Reflect On American Legend Woody Guthrie & 100th Birthday

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American folk legend Woody Guthrie would have been 100 today. His lasting influence was noted via Twitter:

Wilco: Happy Birthday (Wilco celebrated with a live version of  California Stars featuring them & Andrew Bird this week)

Billy Bragg: In the pantheon of American poets, Woody belongs midway between Walt Whitman and Bob Dylan.

Michael McKean: This birthday kills fascists: Woody Guthrie, still slayin’ ’em at 100.

Shelby Lynne:  Happy 100th #Birthday #WoodyGuthrie A National Treasure

Steve Earle: Steve pays tribute to Woody Guthrie on his 100th birthday with a special episode of the “Steve Earle Show”

Earlier this year Jim James of My Morning Jacket (Yim Yames) and Will Johnson spoke on the “New Multitudes” project where they helped take unfinished songs, poems and other musings of Woody Guthrie and reimagined them for a new album. More from Sir Duke of Weeping Elvis.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.