The Woody Guthrie Tribute (Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway)
The Ribbon of Highway Endless Skyway Corporation, a 501c3, formed in 2005 to elucidate the music, poetics, and historical ruminations of Woody Guthrie
The Woody Guthrie Tribute Tour features a cast of: Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleaves, Eliza Gilkyson, Joel Rafael and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion. American songwriter and poet, Woody Guthrie, left an incredible legacy behind with his songs, ballads, poetry and prose that captured an era including the Great Depression, the Great Dust Storm, World War II, the Communist Party and the Cold War. Artists today know how important it is to keep Woody‘s spirit alive for new generations of music lovers. The Ribbon of Highway ~ Endless Skyway is a coast to coast tour celebrating the spirit of Woody Guthrie. Ribbon of Highway~ Endless Skyway Tour: A Concert in the Spirit of Woody Guthrie has been performed at Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Merlefest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Moab Folk Festival. The show has toured and performed at numerous PAC‘s, like Cerrito Art Center, Old Town School of Music, Monmouth University, and Theaters and Schools throughout the US.. Our goal is to help keep Woody‘s words and music alive for future generations. The tour and celebration is the idea and dream of roots music troubadour Jimmy LaFave who grew up in Oklahoma and fell hard for Guthrie‘s music and writing early on. "We‘ve wanted to do this for a long time and we are realizing a dream here. It is a very special event. All of the artists performing have a real connection to Guthrie and have been supporting his music and carrying the torch for a long time," says LaFave. We are looking forward to working with you to bring this important piece of work to communities, to their theaters PAC‘s and festivals looking for a new way to present Woody‘s material, and with such a strong line up of established artists. NPR called it the Tour of the Year in 2004! The concert features the popular and the obscure stories, songs and philosophies of Guthrie that he wrote throughout his life. The songwriters will also perform never heard original Woody tunes, that came from the Woody Guthrie Archives. Daughter Nora gave some of the lyrics written by Woody to the artists to write their own melodies to as the original melodies are unknown. "People don‘t realize that Woody isn‘t just 'This Land is Your Land‘ living in the dust bowl seeing the city by a train artist. He was the original traveling story teller and folk singer, an advocate for social change and over all a real character," laughs LaFave, who poured over Guthrie‘s writing and music and archives to research and write the script for the show. The tour has recorded almost every show and now a double CD with the music and the complete narration will be available for the upcoming season. It features The Newport Folk Festival performance, and even includes an impromptu appearance by Pete Seeger who jumped onstage to tell the cast they were leaving out Woody’s favorite verse! The cast changes but the message is all Woody.