Country Joe McDonald Performs Woody Guthrie Tribute

Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish first began to explore the music of Woody Guthrie in 1975, when he was asked to perform at the West Coast Hollywood Bowl Tribute to Woody Guthrie concert. Woody’s archive manager asked McDonald to put music to Woody’s lyrics that were lacking music. McDonald performed "Woman At Home" which was released on the album recording of the event. This opened up the gates for McDonald to explore Guthrie’s music.

In 2001, McDonald was asked by the National Steinback Center to perform for the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling tour of “This Land Is Your Land : Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie”. In preparing for the performance, Joe explored Woody’s archives  and found his correspondence with singer-songwriter Malvina Reynolds, his musings on bootleg alcohol, and the New York subway in Woody’s column titled, Wood Sez from the 1950s. Through these discoveries, McDonald also made a few more connections with Guthrie. Besides their obvious bond of music and politics, they both married East Coast intellectuals, and Woody lived just 100 miles in Oklahoma from McDonald’s father during the Dust-Bowl era. McDonald continues to make connections with Guthrie every time he performs the tribute.

McDonald brings the tribute to the Coach House on Sunday, March 4th. Tickets are $20. For tickets, dinner reservations, and more info please call the box office at 949 496 8930 or visit 

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