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WoodyFest Returns to Okemah in July

OKEMAH, OK (May 5, 2021) — The 24th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival will return from the virtual screen to the city of Okemah this July 14-18, 2021. The Woody Guthrie Coalition will welcome members of the Guthrie family, renowned singer-songwriters, and returning talent for the celebration of the late folk singer’s life and legacy.

Patty Griffin, Mary Gauthier, Cathy Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Serena Guthrie, John Fullbright, Mike McClure, Samantha Crain, David Amram, Joel Rafael, Ellis Paul, Crys Matthews, Brennen Leigh, Possessed by Paul James, Travis Linville, BranJae, Randy Crouch, the Red Dirt Rangers, Saugeye, Kyle Reid & the Low Swingin’ Chariots, and Carter Sampson will honor Woody Guthrie in the iconic folk singer’s  hometown.

Two-time Grammy-award winning (and seven-time nominated) singer-songwriter Patty Griffin will make her WoodyFest debut along with multiple award-winning singer-songwriter and author Mary Gauthier and two-time Texas Music Awards Best Female Vocalist winner Brennan Leigh.

Veteran festival staples will also perform: Americana singer-songwriter and astute storyteller Ellis Paul, longtime Woody Guthrie student and collaborator, songwriter Joel Rafael, Okemah-native & Grammy-nominated Americana artist John Fullbright, as well as red-dirt banner carriers & psychedelic cowboys the legendary Red Dirt Rangers.

In order to ensure the safety and well-being of the festival community, the Coalition will enforce physical distancing, encourage face coverings, and limit capacity within festival venues. A virtual component will be available as well in order to provide accessibility to all.

Tickets go on sale May 15 with a full schedule and list of artists available later this month. For more information on WoodyFest, including volunteer and vendor opportunities, please visit www.woodyfest.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lindsey Flowers at lflowers@woodyfest.com.

The internationally acclaimed festival honoring the legendary folk singer in his hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, pays tribute to Woody Guthrie through songs, communion, scholarship, tradition, storytelling and songwriting. WoodyFest is presented by COOP Ale Works and made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Sponsors include the BancFirst, Philip E. Landers Foundation, Grand Casino, Okemah Casino and Oklahoma Humanities. It is organized by the Woody Guthrie Coalition, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.