Honoring Woody Guthrie Lex Gillespie reports that the town of Okemah Oklahoma is celebrating the birthday of Woody Guthrie with a five day folk-festival that begins today. Guthrie was folk singer, poet, painter, novelist, fortune teller, and a radio host. But he is best known for singing and writing more than a thousand folk ballads. He died in 1967. (6:32) Due to Internet rights issues, this segment has been modified from its original broadcast form.