Were he still alive, Woody Guthrie would turn 100 years-old tomorrow. To commemorate the anniversary, the Smithsonian Institute’s Folkways Recordings has released Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, a 150-page large-format book with three CDs containing 57 tracks, including Guthrie’s most important recordings. The set also contains 21 previously unreleased performances and six unreleased originals, including Guthrie’s first known—and recently discovered—recordings from 1939. Check out a video about the making of the project below. Indianapolis readers can join in the celebration of Guthrie’s life and career at Ellenberger Park on Saturday, where local musicians will pay tribute in the form of the Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Celebration Jamboree. The event is free.
Written by Rob Peoni