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The Life & Songs of Woody Guthrie

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Folk artist Dvorak pays tribute to Woody Guthrie in St. Charles February 24

ST. CHARLES IL - American folk ballad maker Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma July 14, 1912. By the end of the Great Depression, Guthrie had crisscrossed the country numerous times by rail and by hitchhiking. He had also written some of his most memorable songs including, “So Long It’s Been Good to Know Yuh,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “Roll On Columbia” and “I Ain’t Got No Home.” 

In the late 1930s Guthrie heard then popular singer Kate Smith sing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on the radio and he began working on a sarcastic rebuttal initially titled, “God Blessed America For Me.”

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