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Woody Guthrie's love letter to the Columbia Basin rolls on 75 years later

Woodie Guthrie, 1943
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Woodie Guthrie, 1943

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Greg Vandy about his new book, "26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promise Land in the Pacific Northwest." 

In 1941, the federal government needed someone to sell farmers living near the Columbia River on a huge public works project, the Grand Coulee Dam. So they hired Guthrie. He spent the whole month of May 1941 traveling around Washington and Oregon and writing songs for a government-made documentary about the river, the farmers and how the dam would make life better. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sH6CcsTafw

If you'd like to hear more of the music, there will be a tribute concert at Benaroya Hall on May 26. There'll also be a free concert and laser show May 28 at the Grand Coulee Dam.

Or, you could check out a Seattle Sounders home match. 

https://youtu.be/aPGd5BMcLKY