In partnership with the Woody Guthrie Center, the Sarah Lee Guthrie Trio performs during the celebration of the Bob Dylan: Mixing Up the Medicine publication weekend.
Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m.
Woody Guthrie Theater
102 E Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK 74103
General Admission: $30
ABOUT SARAH LEE GUTHRIE
Sarah Lee Guthrie’s lineage is undeniable. But if you close your eyes and forget that her last name is synonymous with the river-legacy of a widening current of Americana folk music, you’d still be drawn to the clarity and soul behind her voice. There is a gentle urgency to her interpretations of the songs she sings and the classic music of her heritage. It flows from the continuity of her family, her vital artistic life today, and the songs that have guided her to where she now stands. It’s been hinted at since she first stepped on the stages of Wolf Trap and Carnegie Hall as a teenager in 1993 singing Pete Seeger’s “Sailin’ Down My Golden River” for sold-out audiences. Decades down the road, Sarah Lee Guthrie is in full bloom. On 2009’s Go Waggaloo she created a family album of original songs (and a few with Woody’s lyrics) that won a Golden Medallion from The Parents’ Choice Foundation. The tour that followed in 2010, The Guthrie Family Rides Again, brought it all together as she found herself surrounded by generations of family and friends all celebrating the music of her family.
Sarah Lee Guthrie now ventures on her own path, the rich culture of her family running through the warmth of her own bloodlines. In addition to her solo act, the singer-songwriter, now settled in Austin, TX, joined forces with her sister Cathy in the winter of 2021 to form Guthrie Girls, a 6-piece honky tonk band featuring some of Austin’s finest instrumentalists. In a few short months, local buzz and the strength of their debut EP First Season carried Guthrie Girls to prominent slots at HIPNIC, Kerrville Folk Festival, and Kate Wolf Music Festival, among others. Guthrie also performed solo at this year’s Newport Folk Festival and 30A Songwriters Festival.
Sarah Lee Guthrie has the kind of range that only a precious few career-artists command. Armed only with her voice and a Gibson acoustic, she brings festival crowds to a hush. Under her joyful spell, children audiences squeal with delight—clapping, singing, and learning through song. In the dim sway of the late-night honky tonks, old-guard cowboys and Austin hipsters stand side by side and slow dance to the songs of the Guthrie Girls.
Pick your moment.
This is a rare opportunity to witness the growth of one of America’s finest young folk singers.