Remembering Woody Guthrie

Band tours country in tribute to folk legend

Woody Guthrie been dead for more than 40 years, but it's not stretch to say that his musical legacy lives on.

And it goes far beyond the song "This Land is Your Land." A host of musicians tribute Guthrie as a major influence on their craft.

It's the idea behind the Ribbon Highway Endless Skyway tour, a recurring tribute to Guthrie over the past few years.

"It's Woody Guthrie's obscure and well-known songs, that are strung together by excerpts from his letters and prose with a certain revolving cast of characters both in the singing department and in the band," said John Inman, a guitarist in the band.

The musicians include Guthrie's granddaughter, Sarah Lee Guthrie.

The tour has already passed through Chicagoland, with a performance at Dominican University last month, but some of the musicians also made a stop at Chicago's Flashpoint Academy and spoke and performed for the students.

Think of it as exposing a new generation to a man who was a true artist. Besides singing, Guthrie also wrote novels, painted.

"It really showcases the depth of Woody Guthrie's mind and kind of investigates his mind in a way," said Joel Raphael, a musician and the new narrator for the tour.

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