We wrote about Woodyfest regular Sam Baker [Sidenote: This is the seventh and final post in our coverage of the sixteenth annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. We’ll continue reporting with essays and photo galleries from the twenty-second festival in 2019 as well as bringing you photos and essays from previous years’ festivals, so check back often.] just over a year ago so we won’t repeat ourselves here. Baker has played Woodyfest a dozen times as of 2019.
Baker played an afternoon set at the Crystal Theatre on festival Saturday. Megan Palmer accompanied Baker on violin. Also accompanying Baker are Don Cognoscenti (electric guitar, lap steel) and Erik Alvar (contrabass). The late Audrey Auld-Mezera and the Burns Sisters (Jeannie and Marie) joined Baker later in his set.
Gallery: Sam Baker at the Crystal Theatre
I took these photos during Baker’s ninth appearance at the festival in 2013. I was still getting the hang of exposing for stage lighting when I took them. I’m not proud of these pictures — the blown highlights and out-of-focus main subjects are egregious — but they are a record of something ephemeral. In that spirit I offer them to you.