Oklahoma’s red dirt music pioneers the Red Dirt Rangers celebrated the life of Woody Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration in Tulsa March 8-11 with four performances, including a group performance of Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” with John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Hanson, Arlo Guthrie, and others.
Along with Mellencamp and Guthrie, the Red Dirt Rangers joined Luna Chica Records International label mate Monica Taylor, Del McCoury Band, Rosanne Cash, The Flaming Lips, Hanson, Jimmy LaFave, Jackson Browne, and Old Crow Medicine Show at the Brady Theater on March 10 for the special tribute.
“It was a lot of fun to share the stage with those guys, and it was such an honor that Nora [Guthrie] asked us to play. That really meant a lot to us,” says John Cooper of the Red Dirt Rangers.
The celebration kicked off March 8 when the Red Dirt Rangers joined renowned composer David Amram in a special composition of “This Land Is Your Land,” as part of Amram’s “Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie,” and performed with him again on March 11 to close the celebration with the “Jazz Tribute to Woody Guthrie” at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
The Red Dirt Hootenanny was held March 9 at the famed Cain’s Ballroom, where the Red Dirt Rangers performed a show with their Luna Chica Records’ label mates Don White and Monica Taylor, as well as Randy Crouch and Terry “Buffalo” Ware.
The centennial Woody Guthrie birthday celebration also marks the impending arrival of the Woody Guthrie archives to Tulsa from their current home in New York.
In July, The Red Dirt Rangers will participate in Woodyfest, The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival held in Okemah, Okla., for their 15th appearance at the festival.
For tour dates and information, visit reddirtrangers.com. For more information on Luna Chica Records’ artists, visit lunachicarecords.com.
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