The Guthrie Family On Mountain Stage

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Set List

Arlo, Abe, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

  • "Pastures a Plenty"
  • "St. James Infirmary"

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

  • "Mornin's Over"
  • "Another Man's Done Gone"

This week, Mountain Stage is looking back at a few of the relatives who have appeared on the program in the past 26 years.

In February 2007, Arlo Guthrie brought the Guthrie Family Legacy tour to Mountain Stage — featuring son Abe, daughter Sarah Lee and son-in-law Johnny Irion. The first family of American folk music performed some of patriarch Woody Guthrie's well-known songs, as well as some of its own.

Arlo begins with Woody's "Pastures a Plenty," noting that "some of these songs we're singing now are 50, 60 or 70 years old. A few of them sound like they could've been written last week." Adding with his trademark wry humor, "I guess that's a tribute to the song, on one hand. On the other hand, it's too bad the world still sucks."

Arlo's daughter Sarah Lee and her husband Johnny Irion finish with their own song "Mornin's Over" and a take on "Another Man's Done Gone," an unfinished song by Woody that was first interpreted by Wilco and Billy Bragg.

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