In the Tradition of Guthrie

The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) presents the Jimmy LaFave Band on July 5 at 7 pm.

LaFave has lived in Austin for more than 20 years, making music all the while, but it was his time spent in Oklahoma as an adolescent that shaped his music. It was in this landscape that he began to define his sound and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie.

The grassroots demand and critical acclaim for LaFave’s music led to an invitation, by Nora Guthrie, to appear in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Woody Guthrie. In 2005, LaFave was granted permission by Nora Guthrie to look through the unseen lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives. She helped him choose 19 songs for a future “Woody” CD project, where he will co–write music for the lyrics using his own style and interpretations.

In early 2007 Cimarron Manifesto was LaFave’s second release on Red House Records, and it spent several weeks as number one on the Americana music chart. Later that year, LaFave, along with recording engineer Fred Remmert and Dallas businessman Kelcy Warren, established Music Road Records. The label’s first CD release was Ribbon Of Highway, Endless Skyway, a two-disc set from the Woody Guthrie tribute tour.

The Peg Egan PAC is located on Church Street in Egg Harbor, and all concerts are free and open to the public. Remember to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Carry-ins are allowed. In case of rain, all concerts will be held at the Calvary Methodist Church, 4650 Country Road E, Egg Harbor. For more information call 920.493.5979.