Five Firsts: Sarah Lee Guthrie of Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

Sarah Lee Guthrie performing at Caffe Lena in 2010 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Sarah Lee Guthrie performing at Caffe Lena in 2010 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

NAME: Sarah Lee Guthrie
BAND AFFILIATION: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
INSTRUMENT: vocal, guitar, piano, percussion

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … “Before the Flood” by Bob Dylan and the Band. Or was it Creedence Clearwater Revival? One of those…

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Arlo Guthrie. I mean, really, what did you think I’d say?

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … piano. We always had this beautiful Baldwin baby grand in our house. I still write songs on it.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Sailing Down My Golden River,” a Pete Seeger song. I was 14 years old at Wolf Trap in Virginia. Dad put me on the spot. Pete was there, too!! How could I say no in front of so many people… Then they put it on an album!! Yes, the very first time I ever sang in front of people is on Pete and Arlo’s “More Together Again.” That’s what you get for being a famous folksinger’s daughter, I guess…

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Electric Tofu. I lived on an ashram in Florida for seven years. We ate tofu a lot.

Carrying on the marvelous Guthrie family musical tradition, Sarah Lee Guthrie and her husband/musical partner Johnny Irion head into Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Sunday (May 20) to wrap up the Caffe’s 52nd anniversary weekend. Tix are $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TIX to the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The winner will be selected at random and notified on Saturday. Enter today! Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

AND DON’T FORGET… We’re also giving away tix for two other concerts during Caffe Lena’s anniversary weekend. To enter to win a ticket to Michael Cooney on Friday night, just go here. And you can enter to win a pair of tix to the Caffe’s Woody Guthrie centennial concert on Saturday – featuring Butch Hancock, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Kate McDonnell, Michael Eck, George Wilson, Kim & Clyde and others – by going here.

  1. Rick Reuben says

    Saw these two a few years ago when they toured with Arlo. This woman stole the show. Never heard of her before that but I was very impressed.

  2. Mr. Eck says

    Electric Tofu! Man, that is just classic.

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