Woody Guthrie

Airs Friday, November 13, at 9 p.m.Townes van Zandt was a singer-songwriter born to wealth who cared nothing for it; a man who, by outward appearances often seemed happy, but who struggled with personal demons. Yet somehow, through it all, Townes managed to write songs of lasting beauty and profound emotional power. It is a story of tragedy and artistic triumph.

Airs Monday, September 2 at 1:00 p.m. Great Mack Wilberg arrangements, including Saints Bound for Heaven, How Bright is the Day, Down to the River to Pray, Deep River, As the Dew From the Heaven Distiling, His Voice As the Sound, Bound for the Promised Land, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land.

Tonight at 8pm, American Routes heralds the 100th birthday of our nation's greatest roving troubadour and social commentator, Woody Guthrie, with a two-hour special dedicated to his life in music. We'll visit with friends and relatives who share tales of Guthrie's trials and triumphs, from Okemah, Oklahoma to Coney Island, New York.