I saw Joel Rafael at Wine and Song on Wednesday, then decided to go to the South Pas Library last night, for a Woody Guthrie event, specifically about the time he spent in the Los Angeles area and the profound effects it had on him.
Joel played songs during the first half from his wonderful "Baladista" record while sharing insights into the life of Woody Guthrie. He has 4 or 5 co-writes with Woody that the Guthrie family has bestowed on him.---(don't try and do the math on t...hat one--it's timeless)
Turns out Will Geer, (Grandpa Walton) was a traveling companion of Woody's during that time--1937-40--I believe.
I remember going to a show at the Santa Monica Civic in celebration of his birthday (1975?) because I wanted to see Arlo mostly, but lots of wonderful singers and musicians were there. At the end of his birthday show, not wanting it to end, Mr. Geer invited everyone over to his house in the canyon, the following day......no kidding....I think the SMC holds 2,000-3,000 people. Of course the next day we packed up and went. There was a really cool outdoor stage area with bleacher type seating made out of rocks and Mr. Geer was milling around enjoying the company of everyone who showed up. A really fun hang for a high school girl totally immersed in the music of those days... 🎶🌙🎶🌙🎶