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Sarah Lee
Johnny Irion

Thursday, March 17th, 2005
7:30 PM


Wimberley, Texas

Sarah Lee Guthrie has had the good fortune to be born into the first family of folk music. Her father, Arlo, remains a creative force after 35 years in the music business and her late grandfather, Woody Guthrie, is generally considered one of the most influential musicians in American music during the 20th century.

Irion, like Guthrie, has musical roots as his grandmother is a classical violinist and his grandfather was the lead tenor in the touring cast of Oklahoma! Irion, who is also the nephew of Thom Steinbeck, John Steinbeck's son. Irion has performed with the Black Crowes, plays mean acoustic and steel guitars and sings like a soulful bird, perfectly matching Guthrie's sweet and winsome, but sometimes steel-edged voice.

The two seem to be growing into the shoes handed down to them. There are plans in the air for a set of duet recordings with the pair writing songs together. "It's a cool thing that we can actually be together and play together; that's the most fun," Guthrie says. Great harmonies, great songwriting, and great stories to tell! For now, the legacy that follows them moves these young kindred spirits to wander, on and beyond the influence of their forebears. The music is interspersed with great stories. They also include music from her father and grandfather enhancing the evening with three generations of great songwriting.

-Val Denn -

"Johnny Irion plays mean acoustic and steel guitars and sings like a soulful bird, perfectly matching Sarah Lee Guthrie's sweet and winsome, but sometimes steel-edged voice. This folk duo performs a fascinating, nostalgic and entertaining mix of their own songs and those of others."
- Post and Courier, Charleston, SC -

"They blend their voices and personalities with the ease and style of great country couples like Johnny Cash and June Carter or Gram Parsons and EmmyLou Harris. Looking at them together on stage, one can easily imagine a long, fruitful career that will at some point see them establish themselves as the next in a line of first couples of country and folk music."
- Berkshire Eagle -

"What an amazing duo, great songs, great harmonies. Just an excellent evening of music."
- City Pulse, Lansing, MI -

Susanna’s Kitchen is a monthly coffeehouse located at Wimberley United Methodist Church that is smoke and alcohol free. Featuring coffee and teas from Hill Country Natural Foods, pies from Wimberley Pie Company. Tickets are $10.00.

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