Folk singer-songwriter known for his extensive work with Woody Guthrie. He also performed for the likes of Lead Belly and the Almanac Singers.
He learned how to play guitar in school and continued to ply his craft while traveling and working odd jobs during the Great Depression.
He was mentioned in a number of songs by artists such as Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, and Tom Paxton.
He grew up with three siblings. His real name was Gilbert Vandine Houston.
He was close friends with Will Geer, and they first met Guthrie together.