I have always been a bit partial to folk music, even as far back as my days as a child listening to Neil Young with my dad.
I find comfort in the power of simplicity that goes along with talking about such important issues. Folk music is undoubtably what got me into punk rock, since is fits the same idea of playing three chords and performing your music in the most passionate way you know how.
When I got assigned to cover the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, I had no idea how lucky I would be. Billy Bragg was Thursday night’s headlining performer. I have been listening to Billy Bragg for years. His music deals with political issues, including the rights of workers and the general well-being of all people. His music, as well as Woody Guthrie’s, has been a huge influence to me.
I was fortunate enough to have the best spot in the whole place.
Woody Guthrie would have turned 100-years-old this year, and his influence is still killing fascists.