The Norman Transcript


June 27, 2008

July 8 tribute to Bob Childers to kick off 11th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

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Bob Childers, the Godfather of Red Dirt Music and a core presence at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival for the past ten years, will be honored July 8 at a pre-festival tribute show at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa. Several of the many artists influenced by Childers -- who passed away in April -- will gather to celebrate his life and music in song. Performers include Jimmy LaFave, The Burns Sisters, The Red Dirt Rangers, Mike McClure, Jason Boland, Joel Rafael, Stoney LaRue and Tom Skinner. Tickets are available at

Organizers of the festival announced earlier that Judy Collins would make her festival debut this year and that the 2008 festival would also include a special Phil Ochs Song Night performance. Confirmed performers for the Ochs tribute show, emceed by Ochs' sister Sonny Ochs, include John Gorka, John Flynn, Sean Flynn, David Amram and Joel Rafael.

The 11th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival will be July 9-13 in Okemah -- Guthrie's hometown -- 90 miles east of Oklahoma City. The festival celebrates the life and musical legacy of one of America's greatest folk music songwriters and troubadours. The festival concludes on Sunday with the Hoot for Huntington's ?-- a hootenanny backed by members of the house band under the direction of Norman musician Terry "Buffalo" Ware. There's always lots of spontaneity, usually with a surprise performance or two, and festival regulars know not to miss this relaxed event.

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