I met “Princess of Twang” Nancy Apple in 2013, my first year volunteering to document the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. I had photographed her earlier in the day and happened to sit next to her at the communal dinner held backstage at the Pastures of Plenty.
Wink Burcham will return to Woodyfest for the seventh time in 2021. His previous appearance was in 2019, which we’ve previously written about.
Dan Weber is the only songwriter in the history of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival to have pulled off the hat trick of winning the first-, second-, and third-place prizes in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting contest.
Today’s post presents a photo gallery comprising images I captured in various backstage areas at the 2014 Woody Guthrie Folk
Anna Larson, Dan Weber Take 2nd & 1st Place Saturday night at Woodyfest 2019 kicked off, as in past years, with a showcase for the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest winners. The showcase lead with second-place winner Anna Larson performing her winning song “Acting Alone” accompanied by guitarist Jon-Michael Rogers. The Austin-based pianist and singer appeared on NPR’s All… Read More …
This weekend, I celebrated my sixtieth birthday surrounded by friends and family. If you had told me I would be doing so weeks earlier, I wouldn’t have believed you. But thanks to an accelerating COVID-19 vaccination rollout, everyone had had at least one of the two-dose vaccines, with most of us having received both. My wonderful sister Kim V.… Read More …
On Valentine’s Day, 2021, a massive winter storm pushed across the central and southern US plains, plunging temperatures to record-breaking lows and dumping significant snow over the affected areas. In the ensuing days, grid operators enacted rolling blackouts and power outages affected millions of Oklahoma and Texas residents. All 254 Texas counties were affected. The temperature at… Read More …
Emerging from Baltimore’s folk scene in the late 1980s, Sonia Rutstein formed the folk-duo Disappear Fear (stylized “disappear fear”) with her sister Cindy Frank.
As in years past, Woodyfest 14 showcased three songwriting contest winners. Thursday evening at the Pastures of Plenty Stage kicked off with dr. Lori Holyfield
By his own recollection, Woodyfest regular Jared Tyler Frederick began his professional music career around the time he turned fourteen or fifteen