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"This Land is Your Land" at 75 Featuring Capital District's Michael Eck

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Michael Eck celebrates Woody Guthrie and his greatest song
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20
The Linda, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio
339 Central Avenue, Albany
ALBANY, NY—FEB. 3, 2015—On the evening of February 23, 1940, Woody Guthrie, holed up in the Hanover House Hotel in New York City, penned what would eventually become an alternative national anthem—“This Land Is Your Land.”
Instigated in part by the ubiquity of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America,” Guthrie—using a borrowed Carter Family melody and a borrowed guitar—distilled his philosophy for the ages, in the process creating a song that has been adapted, adopted and adored around the world.
On Feb. 20, join roots scholar and multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck (host and curator of The Linda’s American Roots Series) for This Land Is Your Land At 75, a 75th Anniversary celebration of “This Land” and other Woody Guthrie favorites from across his career, including material from the Oklahoma singer’s fertile New York period. Eck—who has performed alongside American radical icons Pete Seeger and Patti Smith—has actually seen the original text of the song up close, and will relate the tale of the missing verses.
Eck will also pay tribute the legendary March 3, 1940 Grapes of Wrath Evening in New York. The event, which has been called “the first hootenanny,” joined together Guthrie, Seeger, Lead Belly, Josh White, Alan Lomax and others for the very first time; and (time permitting) Eck will play representative songs from each.
Eck—a well-known songwriter and member of Ramblin Jug Stompers and Lost Radio Rounders—has performed and participated in solo Guthrie-based shows for Caffe Lena, Old Songs, Inc., Heritage Folk Music, The Guilderland Public Library, Valatie Community Theatre, Beacon Music Factory and other venues.
He has written extensively about Guthrie and his legacy for the Times Union; was an educational consultant for Capital Repertory Theatre’s production ofWoody Guthrie’s American Song; and has painted a number of roots portraits of Guthrie.

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Address: The Linda, Central Ave, Albany

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