Kingston Trio on Exhibit November, 2012-present

Kingston Trio in the News

(September 23, 2015-March 13, 2016) The Woody Guthrie Center

Special Exhibit

Hard Travelin’: Woody Guthrie, the Kingston Trio, and the Folk Revival Debuts in Tulsa on September 23

On September 23, the Woody Guthrie Center will debut the special exhibit Hard Travelin’: Woody Guthrie, the Kingston Trio, and the Folk Revival. Co-curated by the Center, the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE, and the Kingston Trio Legacy Project, this exhibit traces the influence of traditional folk songs on Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and their contemporaries.

The exhibit continues the threads of influence with artifacts related to the Red Scare and blacklisting of artists in the 1950s, the Kingston Trio and their tremendous success in making folk songs popular with a new generation, and the Folk Revival era. Some of the numerous items included in the exhibit are instruments owned by Josh White, the Kingston Trio, and Odetta; handwritten documents from artists featured in each section, with a special display of Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics of “Song to Woody”; multiple listening stations; video displays, and much more.

“Without the Folk Revival of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, America may never have been introduced to greats such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, and Peter, Paul and Mary,” said Bob Santelli, Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum. “This exhibit will explore one of the greatest American music periods of the post-World War II era – beginning with its pioneers Woody Guthrie and the Kingston Trio – and how it came to give rock & roll its conscience, and inspire a new generation of music fans.”

The Woody Guthrie Center will hold an exclusive grand opening event on September 23 for members and donors only, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Santelli will be hosting a discussion with Folk Revival artist and Oklahoma native Tom Paxton. A signature cocktail, the “Good Night, Irene,” as described on a concert promotion flyer for the Weavers will be provided to those attending the opening. Woody Guthrie Center memberships are available starting at $50.

“It’s been such a pleasure to work with our friends at the GRAMMY Museum and the Kingston Trio Legacy Project as we trace the way music transcends the boundaries of time,” noted Deana McCloud, Executive Director of the Woody Guthrie Center. “The artifacts included in this exhibit show the influence of the past on the future as a new generation finds its own voice.”

The final day to see the exhibit will be March 13, 2016, after which it will travel to the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, and then to other venues across the United States.



(2014) From the American Banjo Museum

The Folk Explosion – A Mighty Wind!

While bluegrass defined the banjo in rural regions, socially conscious urban musicians were creating a new voice for the banjo as part of the resurgence in the popularity of traditional folk music which took place in the US during the 1950s and 60s. The popularity of banjoist Pete Seeger and folk groups such as the Weavers set the stage for the later commercial success of groups such as the Kingston Trio, The Limeliters and Peter, Paul and Mary.  The simple visual dynamic of the long-neck folk banjos popularized by Pete Seeger – including instruments which belonged to Dave Guard of the Kingston Trio and Erik Darling (who replaced Pete Seeger in the Weavers) highlight this exhibit.

(November 2nd - March 2013) Coronado Museum of History & Art

Special Exhibit: The Kingston Trio: A World of Music

The Coronado Museum of History and Art features permanent displays on the colorful history of the town. Hotel del Coronado, Tent City, the Navy's importance to the community and more. In November, 2012, a special exhibit opened celebrating the Kingston Trio and their special ties to Coronado.