Garrett LeBeau — Pastures of Plenty Stage, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

Garrett LeBeau — Pastures of Plenty Stage, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

Garrett (IX) — Garrett LeBeau, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival 16

Blues & Soul from the High Plains

The blues spoke to me and that raw unadorned honesty is what still motivates me musically. It spans all styles and is really the same thing as Soul. Folk music is kin in spirit, as is most music that I love. My goal is to connect with other like-minded human beings, and keep the Blues traditions alive … feeling has no genre.

Born and raised on the Wind River Indian Reservation near Lander, Wyoming, soulful singer-songwriter Garrett LeBeau grew up virtually without music. The local radio stations played mostly 1980s top 40, which had neither appeal nor cultural relevance for young LeBeau and his family (LeBeau is an enrolled member of the Shoshone tribe). As a result, he didn’t start playing music until he was out of school, when he taught himself basic scales and chords.

He made his Woodyfest debut on the New Dominion Stage on the outskirts of Okemah this past July, opening the evening concert on Saturday. Accompanying him were Brad Houser (bass), Michael Christmas (drums), and Nate Basinger (keyboard). Songwriter and musician Annie Guthrie (daughter of Arlo and granddaughter to Woody) joined LeBeau for the final part of his electrifying set.

LeBeau’s debut album, Rise to the Grind iTunes, was released in May. By June, the album had climbed near the top of both the EuroAmericana and Roots Music charts.

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Note

M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.

  • Garrett (IX)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:160
  • 50mm
  • 1/1000s
  • ƒ/1.4
  • 35° 25.6833′ 0″ N 96° 16.8′ 0″ W

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