Larry Long
Mississippi River Troubador

"A true American troubadour" Studs Terkel

If the folk scene has "produced an heir to Woody Guthrie, it has to be LARRY LONG. This Midwestern troubadour has the simplicity, humor and commitment that made his mentor famous." CMJ July 1995

" When senior members of a community go into schools and talk about their lives and work, and children write songs with Larry Long about what they have learned, they create a remarkable celebration of humanity and hard work." Tony Seeger, Curator & Director Smithsonian/Folkways

Larry Long is a musician, community organizer, father and educator. Larry has organized farmer-controlled markets in Tennessee; a movement to clean up the upper Mississippi River; the first hometown tribute to Woody Guthrie, celebrated with children in Okemah, Oklahoma. Larry has sung along the banks of the Amazon and Tiete Rivers of Brazil, and joined on a peace cruise down the Volga River in the former Soviet Union. He traveled with a tractorcade from Minnesota to Washington D.C. with farmers seeking fair prices. In the 1980s Larry participated in the Run for Freedom -- a 400-mile spiritual run organized by Lakota children for which his CD Run For Freedom is named. Larry is also the recipient of the prestigious Bush Artists Fellowship.

For the past several years, Larry has been developing and presenting an inter-generational curriculum, mixing oral history and songwriting within a traditional educational structure. Pete Seeger writes, "The songs Larry Long is making up and teaching to kids are carrying on the work of Woody Guthrie." Larry's newest recording -- Well May The World Go, to be released on Smithsonian Folkways in Summer 2000 -- tells the stories of hard-working people in a way that highlights the courage, deep personal experiences, and heroism found in their lives. It features 12 new songs with rich instrumentation and extensive annotation.

Larry is going to play a large role in the upcoming Audubon Ark 2000 with the National Audubon Society. Click here to learn more about this exciting journey.

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