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"Woodyfest" gang holds musical tribute for late Red Dirt musician Jimmy LaFave

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Sarah Lee Guthrie performing at Jimmy LaFave tribute in Okemah, Oklahoma.
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OKEMAH, Okla. – Although he recently passed away, on Wednesday night, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival – also known as “Woodyfest” – hosted a tribute to Red Dirt musician and pioneer Jimmy LaFave.

As previously reported, LaFave, one of the founders of the Red Dirt Sound, along with Steve Ripley, Bob Childers, and Tom Skinner, died of cancer last May at 61.

Last evening’s tribute at the Crystal Theater, here in Okemah, featured a “who's who” of the current Red Dirt Music scene. Along with members of LaFave’s constantly evolving band, the Night Tribe, were Grammy nominated John Fulbright, Michael Fracasso, Sara Lee Guthrie, Jaimee Harris, Greg Jacobs, Levi Parham, Joel Rafael, the Red Dirt Rangers, and Susan Herndon, among others.

Also in attendance was Woody Guthrie’s sister, Mary Jo Guthrie Edgmon, who lives in Shawnee.

Mary Jo Guthrie Edgmon arrives at the Crystal Theater in Okemah, Oklahoma, for the Jimmy LaFave Tribute. (M. Tim Blake / Red Dirt Report)

The tribute was a spirited evening of music, lasting over two hours, with most of the artists performing only one song each, accompanied by Night Tribe, LaFave’s band.

Red Dirt Rangers Brad Piccolo, left, and John Cooper, right, jam with Night Tribe guitarist John Inman, center. (M. Tim Blake / Red Dirt Report)

The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival runs form Thursday, July 13th, through Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

There will be songwriting and poetry workshops, along with musical performances by many accomplished singer/songwriters, and also open mic opportunities.

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