Arlo Guthrie & Friends: Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans (Bringing Back the Music -- Benefiting Victims of Katrina) Add Ramblin' Jack and Jack Neilson to the Ride

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Ramblin’ Jack Elliot is Joining Arlo Guthrie at the Memphis whistle stop, while New Orleans artist Jack Neilson, came as a bonus with Pyramid Audio Productions for the Arlo Guthrie & Friends, Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans tour (Bringing Back the Music -- Benefiting Victims of Katrina).

Arlo Guthrie & Friends are continuing on the Amtrak City of New Orleans train route performing along the way to benefit the small venues in the train’s namesake city that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Arlo’s picking up long time family friend Ramblin’ Jack Elliot in Memphis and they’re ridin’ the CNO into New Orleans on December 15.

Arlo, initializing his plan to help rebuild the infrastructure by hiring Pyramid Audio Productions sound company from New Orleans for the entire tour, was happy to include their friend and songwriter, Jack Neilson on the shows.

Arlo, his son Abe with his band, Xavier, and daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, have five more concerts along the route of the Amtrak City of New Orleans train (CNO). Arlo’s friends who will step aboard on the upcoming concerts, include Willie Nelson (New Orleans), Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Guy Davis, Ramsay Midwood, The Burns Sisters, Todd Snider, John Flynn, Jack Neilson, and Gordon Titcomb, riding on this “southbound odyssey.”

Tour Route

Sat.    Dec. 10    Canopy Club, 708 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana/Champaign, Ill. 4 p.m.

Sun.    Dec. 11    Keller Convention Center. 1202 N. Keller Dr., Effingham, Ill. 4 p.m.

Mon.    Dec. 12    Copper Dragon, 700 E. Grand Ave., Carbondale, Ill. 7 p.m.

Tues.    Dec. 13    The New Daisy, 330 Beale St., Memphis, Tenn. 7 p.m.

Sat.    Dec. 17    Tipitina’s, 501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, La. 8 p.m.

You can both purchase tickets for the concerts or support the cause at Arlo.Net through the Guthrie Foundation.

Focusing on small clubs and venues, Arlo and friends will work with manufacturers and arrange to bring donations to New Orleans. They will help to facilitate the restoration of the musical infrastructure in New Orleans and the surrounding area. MusiCares, The Recording Academy’s safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need, will help distribute “the gear,” along with Tipitina’s Foundation.

Amtrak is proud to be partner in this series of events. “Passenger trains have always carried the music and the musicians to and from the delta, spreading the sound of the Crescent City to Memphis, Chicago and the world,” said William L. Crosbie, Amtrak Senior Vice President of Operations. “We are honored to receive Arlo’s request and excited about helping this important rebuilding effort with today’s Amtrak City of New Orleans train.”

Arlo Guthrie & Friends: Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans (Bringing Back the Music -- Benefiting Victims of Katrina) in partnerships with Amtrak, Gibson Guitar, MusiCares, Tipitina’s Foundation, Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment, a variety of music related companies, and you will help keep this American cultural treasure alive.

Though the word is out and friends are calling in support from around the world there is much that still needs to be done. Join us or join in at

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