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  • Tribute to Larry Penn

    Smithsonian Folkways remembers folk singer and activist Larry Penn, who passed away Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 at the age of 87. During the 1980s, Penn recorded four albums for Collector Records, now part of the Smithsonian Folkways collection. Penn, a self-taught musician and self-described “working man,” was a truck driver until his retirement at age 58 and together with his long-time wife Pat, raised five children in their home of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Penn’s albums include “Still Feels Like Rollin': Songs About Trucks and Trains” and “Workin’ for a Living.” For his many labor songs and commitment to social justice for working people, the late folk musician Joe Glazer described Penn as “walking in the footsteps of Joe Hill and Woody Guthrie."

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