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John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, Saluting Woody

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John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne are among the artists paying tribute to Woody Guthrie Sunday night at a gala in Washington, DC. The show will end the yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary Guthrie’s birth — which has already included numerous events, concerts and releases.

Mellencamp, Browne, Judy Collins, Ry Cooder, Rosanne Cash, Donovan, Woody’s son Arlo Guthrie, Joel Rafael, Tom Morello and many others will take part in This Land is Your Land: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Concert at the Kennedy Center on Sunday. Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, tells us, “I swear I did not plan this intentionally. This is my dad at work. We’re ending up mere weeks before the presidential election. We didn’t pick the date.”

Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 and died on October 3rd, 1967 at age 55.

Nora Guthrie, the daughter of Woody Guthrie, on the irony of wrapping up a year-long celebration of her father in Washington, D.C. on Sunday: “I swear to God I did not plan this intentionally. This is my dad at work. We’re ending up at the Kennedy Center in Washington on October 14th, mere weeks before a presidential election. And I just went, ‘Oh my God, look at the way that panned out.’ We didn’t pick the date. It was like the Kennedy Center said, ‘Oh we have this date free you can have.’ So that’s how we ended up [there]. We’re gonna do a big gala there at the Kennedy Center to kind of wrap it all up.”

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