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Darryl Holter Receives Woody Guthrie Award

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Category: Woody Guthrie
Darryl Holter was honored as a recipient of a new Woody Guthrie Award from the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

The organization provides vital mental health and wellness services to the communities of South Los Angeles. "You don't need to be among the richest people in the world to share the fruits of your labor with other who may need a helping hand," said Sandra Cox, CMHP Director. "Holter's contributions have been significant, including having 4th and Main Streets designated as 'Woody Guthrie Square' , for his business acumen, and his talents as a singer-songwriter," she added.

At the event, which took place at USC's Town and Gown, Darryl performed two songs. The first song, Bob Dylan s "Only a Pawn in the Game", commemorated the 50-year anniversary of the assassination of early Civil Rights leader, Medgar Evers. "Dylan connected the death of Medgar Evers with a biting commentary on the social structure and racial attitudes of the times," said Darryl Holter in an introduction to the song. He also performed "Feeling Might Small (in a Big Town)" a song about Woody Guthrie's first day in Los Angeles in 1937 which will appear on a forthcoming album.

The event was billed as the "10th Annual Extraordinary Sunday Afternoon". Other CMHP honorees included Susan Acosta, Agnes Moreland Jackson, Charles Dickson, and Kenneth Phillips.

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Darryl Holter Awarded Woody Guthrie Fellowship

Darryl Holter was named a recipient of the 4th annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship.  The announcement was made on April 22, 2009 by Ralph N. Jackson, president of the BMI Foundation and Nora Guthrie, executive director of the Woody Guthrie Archives (WGA) and Foundation.  The program funds research fellowships for scholars to use the rich and extensive holding available at the WGA in New York City.

Holter, Adjunct Associate Professor of History at the University of Southern California, has authored several books and articles on labor history in the U.S. and France.  His current project, “Woody Guthrie in Los Angeles, 1937-1941,” offers insight into the importance of the Los Angeles years on the formation of Guthrie’s music, politics, and links to the labor movement. 

“I’ve been reading about Woody Guthrie and playing his songs for years, but I never had the chance to do historical research on him,” said Holter. “This fellowship provides a great opportunity to explore Guthrie’s formative years in Los Angeles.”  A songwriter and member of Professional Musicians Local 47 in Los Angeles, Holter recently released a self-titled album on 213 Music, BMI. 

The Woody Guthrie Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves as administrator of the Archives and is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of information about Guthrie’s cultural legacy.  The BMI Foundation supports the creation, performance, and study of music through awards, scholarships, and grants. 

Other 2009 recipients include Martin Butler, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Mark Allen Jackson, Middle Tennessee State University, and Matthew Sutton, College of William and Mary.


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