Folk singer Arlo Guthrie plans his first concert in Woody Guthrie's hometown in conjunction with the release of an album of his late father's songs.
The album was recorded Dec. 1 by schoolchildren at the refurbished Crystal Theatre in Okemah, Okla. It features songs written by his father and by children from Okemah, Langston and Davenport.Carolyn Price, chairwoman of the WOODY Educational Fund, said the April 29 concert will be the focus of the community's Pioneer Day activities. The acronym stands for Woody Guthrie Okemah Organization for Developing Youngsters.
Woody Guthrie has been criticized in his hometown for leftist positions he had taken in the 1930s and 1940s. Price said she believes the community is willing to accept him now, 22 years after his death.
"We feel like the door is opening now," she said.