Saturday (July 14) marks the historic 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, and Local 518 singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Michael Eck has wisely chosen Saturday to debut his new one-man celebration of one of America’s all-time great musical icons, “Bound for Glory: 100 Years of Woody Guthrie,” at Nippertown’s legendary home of folk music, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.
Eck – a member of Ramblin Jug Stompers and Lost Radio Rounders, who has also played alongside such folks as Pete Seeger and Patti Smith – will perform a solo selection of classic Guthrie songs, relate anecdotes from the singer’s life and discuss how Guthrie’s influence still drives contemporary American folk music. Throughout the evening, Eck – who produced and hosted the Caffe’s 52nd Anniversary tribute to Guthrie in May – will explore Guthrie’s music from its roots in classic American folk songs to his explosive creative streak in the 1940s with “Dust Bowl Ballads” and the “Columbia River Collection,” as well as the tunes he wrote for children and the many collaborations by contemporary musicians with unset lyrics housed in the Guthrie archives.
As Eck explains, the performance will “satisfy the Guthrie curious, thrill the Guthrie familiar and remind all of the power of song.”
Michael Eck’s “Bound for Glory: 100 Years of Woody Guthrie” debuts at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Saturday (July 14). Tix are $15 in advance; $17 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives.
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