Fast forward from the 1940's when Woodie Guthrie was writing and performing his songs, to the present-- 2012.
I'd like to introduce to you a modern day folk artist, if you haven't met her already. After one of her songs was danced to in an audition for So You Think You Can Dance, and was picked up by Christian radio stations (2008), she quickly gained a large following.
My teenage daughter told me about this artist, JJ Heller, and I was glad to listen to some of her songs on You Tube. Most of the songs are mellow sounding, and I enjoyed listening to all 41 songs on the You Tube Mix.
The song that was in the audition, "Your Hands," is one of my favorites. It is about being in God's hands, even though it might look like things are topsy-turvy and out of control (those are my words-- they're not ones used in the song, but that is the general idea). Here is a video of JJ singing that song at a K-LOVE radio station.
JJ sings, and is accompanied by her husband, Dave, who plays guitar. They have recorded six albums; "Your Hands" is from the Painted Red album.