Woody Guthrie
10:35 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Concert To Benefit Rebuilding Of Woody Guthrie's Okemah Home

Singer Kris Kristofferson is scheduled to play a benefit concert in Tulsa to help a project to rebuild folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home.

Woody Guthrie
Credit Courtesy of the Woody Guthrie Archives.

The concert is Sunday night at the Mabee Center.

Organizers want to raise about $500,000 to rebuild Guthrie's home in Okemah. The rebuild of the property will use original planks of wood salvaged from the site decades ago.

Guthrie, best known for the song "This Land is Your Land," wrote hundreds of folk songs and ballads. His lyrics celebrated American workers, lamented the woes of the poor and advocated for civil rights.

Although revered as one of the best songwriters in American history, he was rarely acknowledged by his home state for decades after his death in 1967.

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