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The Folk Alliance held it's annual conference in Nashville, TN from February 6 through February 9, 2003.  This annual international conference brings together musicians, presenters and the folk-media in a gathering that helps perpetuate the tradition and introduces new artists to the folk industry.    WFDU-FM's Ron Olesko attended the event, starting with a pre-conference concert "Nashville Sings Woody", held at the Ryman Auditorium.   Here are a few pictures from the event.  To learn more about the Folk Alliance, please check out their website at www.folk.org .

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Held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on February 5, the concert was a benefit for the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives.  An all-star ensemble sang the songs of Woody Guthrie including the first ever performances of "new" Guthrie songs - lyrics penned by Guthrie that were put to music by some of today's artists.   In addition to the photos above, the guest list included Janis Ian, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Alison Brown & John Doyle, Blackfire, Marty Stuart, Jimmy LaFave, Slaid Cleaves, Ellis Paul, Eliza Gilkyson, Corey Harris, the MET Singers, Rob Wasserman & DJ Logic, Peter Rowan & Tim O'Brien, James Talley, Wenzel and others.  All three of Woody's children - Arlo, Nora Lee and Joady Guthrie were in attendance s well as Woody's first wife Mary Boyle, his sister Mary Jo, and his first singing partner Maxine "Lefty Lou" Dempsey.

The concert was Folk Alliance's traditional Wednesday night concert, a tradition that kicks off the annual conference.  This years tribute to Woody was fitting as the Folk Alliance awarded Woody the Lifetime Achievement award in 1996. 

The Woody Guthrie Foundation has a collection of over 15,000 items including original song sheets, notebooks, diaries, papers and recordings.  The Woody Guthrie Foundation provides research opportunities as well as educational outreach including lectures, slide shows, film screenings and performances.   To learn more about the work of the Woody Guthrie Foundation and how you can help, go to their website at www.woodyguthrie.org.


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(Photos by Ron Olesko)

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