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

May 16, 2016

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. 

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.