Sarah Lee Guthrie
Sarah Lee Guthrie’s lineage is undeniable. But if you close your eyes and forget that her last name is synonymous with the river legacy of a widening current of Americana folk music, you’d still be drawn to the clarity and soul behind her voice. There is a gentle urgency to her interpretations of the songs she sings. It flows from the continuity of her family, her vital artistic life today, and the songs that have guided her to where she now stands. It’s been hinted at since she first stepped on the stages of Wolf Trap and Carnegie Hall as a teenager in 1993 singing Pete Seeger’s “Sailin’ Down My Golden River” for sold-out audiences. Decades down the road, Sarah Lee Guthrie is in full bloom.
Sarah Lee Guthrie has the kind of range that only a precious few career-artists command. Armed only with her voice and a Gibson acoustic, she brings festival crowds to a hush. Under her joyful spell, children audiences squeal with delight—clapping, singing, and learning through song. In the dim sway of the late-night honky tonks, old-guard cowboys and Austin hipsters stand side by side and slow dance to the songs of the Guthrie Girls.