Our next concert is Wednesday, Sept.22 – Sarah Lee Guthrie

This is Sarah Lee Guthrie’s fifth time at Tales from the Tavern, having performed here once with a four-piece band and thrice as a duo with Johnny Irion. With each visit to our stage, she captured our hearts and thoroughly delighted us with her stories and songs, and what she might call – her “essence.”

She spoke of it in the 2021 concert documentary film, “TFT-TV Presents Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.”

“To me, essence is the key,” she said. “You can have something that sounds really good, and people have a nice time, but what do they walk away with? What I want them to walk away with is the essence. That lasts a lot longer than – oh wow, that was totally groovy and sounded great.”

As for Sarah Lee’s essence, it is firmly rooted in folk music and smiling sunshine. She is the daughter of Arlo and the granddaughter of Woody Guthrie, the patron saint of American troubadours, and (unofficially,) the god-daughter of Pete Seeger and the niece of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. That’s as purebred, rough-edged, hard-traveling, storytelling, socially-conscious, American-made, full-on folk as it gets, and Sarah Lee has embraced the music, lifestyle and language of those roots.

For nearly 20 years, “Sarah Lee and Johnny” hit it hard on the road, playing hundreds of dates a year, all over the country, and along the way released a dozen albums together and on their own.

Having grown up singing and playing in performance halls, amphitheaters and listening rooms all over the country, the great shutdown and shift of 2020 (and 2021) gave Sarah Lee a little different taste – of barrooms, as she took up a weekly residency at Sam’s Town Point, in Austin, Tex.

“I had played the bars,” she said, but she found herself having fun, and before long her understanding of how and why to make music shifted.

“My point is to get across and bring everybody into a place where we can all relate and all feel it,” said Sarah Lee, in the TFT-TV film. “We know it, it feels good, and we make something positive of it, so that we all go away with that and live tomorrow in a more positive way.  That’s what I go for.”

Sarah Lee is back out touring, and feeling energized, creative and happy, and we are delighted to welcome, our friend, Sarah Lee Guthrie, back to Tales from the Tavern.

Artists who have performed
at Tales from the Tavern:

Priscilla Ahn – Dave Alvin – Phil Alvin – Eric Andersen – Joan Baez – Sam Baker – Marcia Ball – Ryan Bingham – Birds of Chicago – Stephen Bishop – Tim Bluhm – Suzy Bogguss – Ray Bonneville – Bonny “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang – Karla Bonoff – Jackie Bristow – Brother Sun – Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey – Chuck Cannon – Bill Carter – Carlene Carter – Matt Cartsonis – Peter Case – Annabelle Chvostek – Slaid Cleaves – Jacob Cole – Ron Colone – Elizabeth Cook – Jake Copass – John Corbett – Marshall Crenshaw – AJ Croce – Joe Crookston – David Crosby – Kacey Cubero – Paul Curreri – Catie Curtis – ruben Lee Dalton – Greg DeLeon – Grey DeLisle – Kris Delmhorst – Jesse DeNatale – Henry Diltz – Gerald DiPego – John Doe – Donovan – Fred Eaglesmith – Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Craig Eastman – Tim Easton – Cliff Eberhardt – Kenny Edwards – Carrie Elkin – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Lauren Ellis – Aireene Espiritu – Fabulous Ginn Sisters – Stephanie Finch – Rosie Flores – Steve Forbert – Gib Foss – Jeffrey Foucault – Tom Freund – Richie Furay – Tony Furtado – Chris Gaffney – Mary Gauthier – Dan Gerber – Eliza Gilkyson – Tony Gilkyson – John Gorka – Jon Dee Graham – Tracy Grammer – Art Green – Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion – John Hammond – Butch Hancock – Andrew Hardin – Michael Reno Harrell – Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen – Tish Hinojosa – Malcolm Holcombe – Rita Hosking – I See Hawks in LA – Janis Ian – Erin Inglish – Ruby Jane – Jill Knight – Danny Kortchmar – Jimmy LaFave – Patty Larkin – Jim Lauderdale – Phil Lee – Greg Liesz – Bob Lind – David Lindley – Juke Logan and Bill Lynch – Shelby Lynne – Michelle Malone – The Mammals – Michael Martin – Iain Matthews – Anne McCue – Country Joe McDonald – John McEuen – Erin McKeon – Jonathan McEuen – Audrey Auld Mezera – Michael on Fire – Katy Moffatt – Steve Moris – RB Morris – Gurf Morlix – Geoff Muldaur – Peter Mulvey – Dan Navarro – Danny O’Keefe – Carla Olson – Beth Orton – Gretchen Peters – Kelly Joe Phelps – Rod Picott – Owen Plant – Steve Poltz – Willy Porter – Steve Postell – Chuck Prophet – The Quebe Sisters – Joel Rafael – Willis Alan Ramsey – Walt Richardson – Kim Richey – Wil Ridge – Tom Rush – Tom Russell – Danny Schmidt – Maia Sharp – Dick Siegel – Darden Smith – Michael Smith – Preston Smith  Chris Smither – JD Souther – Amy Speace – Devon Sproule – Dave Stamey – John Stewart – Gregg Sutton – Eric Taylor  – Jack Tempchin – Paul Thorn – Karen Tobin – Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan – Greg Trooper – Teresa Tudury – Karen Tyler – Ian Tyson – Randy Weeks – Kevin Welch –  Corrine West – Cheryl Wheeler – Wheeler Brothers – Kenny White – David Wilcox – Paul Williams – The Young Dubliners