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08/31/2018 - The Woody Guthrie Prize was awarded to everyman artist John Mellencamp during a program at the FlyLoft in the Tulsa Arts District on Thursday.

Mellencamp was introduced as “Woody’s child” by Woody Guthrie Center Executive Director Deana McCloud. Wearing bib overalls and a white T-shirt as he walked on stage, he was greeted by a standing ovation and cheers from the sold-out audience.

When presented with the Woody Guthrie Prize, Mellencamp said: “I’m very honored. I don’t think I’m deserving.” He said he wasn’t being modest. He said he was embarrassed. “So I’m just going to play some songs.”

Mellencamp took a seat for a program moderated by handpicked music journalist Bill Flanagan. The crowd was treated not only to candid responses but to songs in an intimate setting.

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08/30/2018 - The new Woody Guthrie Center exhibit, “Mellencamp,” is an exploration of the life and career of an artist who champions heartland values and is an advocate for American farmers.

The exhibit features items like photos, handwritten lyrics, the motorcycle and musical instruments. Among instruments on display is a guitar David Bowie utilized during the Ziggy Stardust tour and a Neil Young guitar won by Mellencamp in an arm-wrestling match.

The exhibit is scheduled to open Friday, Aug. 31. This is a big week for Tulsa-related Mellencamp news. Mellencamp will be presented the Woody Guthrie Prize during an 8 p.m. event tonight at the Fly Loft.

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