Okemah in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Woody Guthrie in Okemah, Oklahoma
Great American Music Story
Woody Guthrie is considered by many to be the father of American folk music. In addition to bringing rural roots music to urban audiences, he popularized a new approach to songwriting. Topics such as social injustice, historic events, and political issues would become the foundation for musical creativity and expression. His influence has unprecedented reach, inspiring generations of musicians in every genre of music throughout the decades. Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, John Lennon, The Clash, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Jackson Browne, and hundreds of others around the world were all influenced by the legacy of Woody Guthrie.
Presented to the Town of Okemah, Oklahoma — home of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival — on March 10, 2012, in the year of Woody Guthrie’s centennial, by the Grammy Museum and the Woody Guthrie family, in appreciation of their tremendous efforts to preserve this great American music story for generations to come.
Erected 2012 by Grammy Museum,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Grammy Award Winners 🎶 series list.
Location. 35° 25.883′ N, 96° 18.243′ W. Marker is in Okemah, Oklahoma, in Okfuskee County. Marker is on West Broadway Street (Oklahoma Route 56) west of South 3rd Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located beside the sidewalk in front of a small park dedicated to hometown celebrity Woody Guthrie. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 313 West Broadway Street, Okemah OK 74859, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Also see . . . Woody Guthrie (Wikipedia). Guthrie was brought up by middle-class parents in Okemah, Oklahoma, until he was 14. Guthrie learned folk and blues songs from his parents' friends. He married at 19, but with the advent of the dust storms that marked the Dust Bowl period, he left his wife and three children to join the thousands of Okies who were migrating to California looking for employment. (Submitted on January 27, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 27, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.