A take-home version of the celebrated 2003 Woody Guthrie tribute tour, this outstanding double-disc release is filled with covers of, dedications to and songs inspired by Oklahoma folk hero Woody Guthrie, all performed live.

The “Ribbon of Highway, Endless Skyway” tour was organized by Austin, Texas, singer/songwriter Jimmy LaFave, the disc’s producer, who contributes several songs to the album, including LaFave’s live staple “Down in Oklahoma Hills,” as well as a stellar take on Guthrie’s poem “Deportee.”

Several well-known folk performers like Eliza Gilkyson, Ellis Paul, Slaid Cleaves, Michael Fracasso and Guthrie’s granddaughter Sara Lee Guthrie share the mic in a collective version of the classic “This Train Is Bound for Glory.” The group also joins for “This Land Is Your Land,” “Lonesome Valley” and “Going Down the Road.”

The live recordings sound great and, most notably, the disc is narrated by red dirt legend and recent Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductee Bob Childers.

-Joe Wertz, Oklahoma Gazette


Ribbon of Highway Endless Skyway (various artists)

Ribbon of Highway
1 Riding the Rails (Narration)
2 This Train Is Bound For Glory
3 Indian Free Lands (Narration)
4 Down In Oklahoma Hills
5 Okemah (Narration)
6 Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key
7 Outlawing (Narration)
8 Pretty Boy Floyd
9 Dust Bowl (Narration)
10 Pastures Of Plenty
11 California (Narration)
12 Viglante Man
13 Skid Row (Narration)
14 I Ain't Got No Home
15 Union Member (Narration)
16 1913 Massacre
17 Time (Narration)
18 Stepstone
19 Folk Process (Narration)
20 Be No Church Tonight
21 Musical Metaphysics (Narration)
22 Do Re Mi
23 Dylan (Narration)
24 Lonesome Valley
25 My Voice (Narration)
26 Deportee
27 In The Red (Narration)
28 Ramblin' Reckless Hobo
29 Painting (Narration)
30 Hangknot
31 Religion (Narration)
32 This Morning I Was Born Again
33 Kids First (Narration)
34 Children's Medley
35 Petitions (Narration)
36 Peace Call
37 War (Narration)
38 God's Promise
39 Love (Narration)
40 This Land Is Your Land
41 Rock & Roll
42 Going Down The Road
43 Ramblin' Round/Goodnight Irene