Don't you love when people in movies use songs effectively over closing credits?
I'm sorry for the length of this post, but I have to brag. We were lucky enough to spend Woody's birthday with Arlo Guthrie and his entire family.
With several hundred other fans. The Green River Music Festival
is a wonderful event in Massachusetts, that we try to get to every year. It's not far from the Guthrie homestead, so they celebrated Woody's day with a lineup that was out of this world including Arlo and every member of the Guthrie family right down to the youngest grandchild:
It was good to see so many of Woody's family following in his footsteps. His daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie, sang a song that was hilarious, the first line of which is "I found the bachelor party pictures". I couldn't find it on youtube, probably because it was very rude. She's definitely inherited her dad's sense of humor. They played all my favorite Woody Guthrie songs posted above, including a rousing version of Oklahoma Hills
All bands played at their very top form. I can't think of anyone there who wasn't brilliant! The rest of the lineup looked like this:
Richard Thompson (he blistered this one):
Thompson played two beautiful new songs that are apparently untitled as yet, perhaps they will make the cut for his 2013 album. He was completely on top of his game, and seems to just get better every year. The only folk guitarist I can think of who can sound like a whole band when playing a solo acoustic set.
Martin Simpson (from England, he broke my heart with this song):
Lake Street Dive (this band was just great, really got a fantastic vibe from them, they sounded much bigger in person)
Los Lobos (another band that just keeps getting better and better, they could play some of those complicated Mexican folk songs in their sleep I bet):
Rubblebucket (crowd favorites, people went berserk for these guys)
If you ever have a chance to see Rubblebucket
live, do it!
I can't even explain what they do - the live show is full of crazy fun including giant robots and stilt dancers who interact with the audience, and the lead singer came out into the audience and painted some of our faces. These videos don't do justice to their music The lead singer is absolutely beautiful, you can't tell here, but she's really pretty. My daughter who is eleven loved them and Lake Street Dive
the best, probably because they are young. Rubblebucket also did a blend of Blondie's Heart of Glass/Rapture that was great.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some of the bands, but these were the highlights for me. If you're ever in Mass. in July, the Green River Festival is a super time, the port-a-potties are clean and it's a family friendly, small venue event. Oh yeah, and they have a huge hot air balloon launch on Saturday afternoon, this year there were about 10 balloons, going up one at a time in the lower field as the music played. It was grand.
I'll leave you with another Woody song, by Arlo and the family: