A TASTE for the Lowcountry runs in the Guthrie family: following father Arlo's January performance, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion are bringing their own sounds to Trinity's Sanctuary Concert series. Their band is a collaboration of great American lineage: Guthrie's grandfather, Woody, is a folk music icon, and Johnny Irion is writer John Steinbeck's grand-nephew—plus, they're married!
The two have been performing their take on folk-rock for a good decade, but their latest, 2013’s Wassaic Way, expertly blended loud guitars, a certain kind of lushness found in their previous releases, and pop overtones. They have producers Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Patrick Sansone at the Loft in Chicago to thank for that.
The ties run deep with the Guthries and Wilco—Wilco recorded the unfinished songs of Woody Guthrie with Billy Bragg in 1998, and the band added Guthrie and Irion to their 2011 Solid Sound Festival lineup.
Guthrie has said that, despite her musical lineage, her inner songwriter didn’t truly come out until she met Irion. Their onstage chemistry will be a treat to see in the sanctuary.