Washington, Mass. (PRWEB) June 15, 2006
Arlo Guthrie’s live performances are legendary, his wit and humorous perspective enduring. "Arlo's between-song narratives are hilarious, serpentine journeys that expose political absurdities with acute comic timing and an aw-shucks tone of self-effacement that serve as dual tributes to his father's legacy." says the City Pages in St. Paul, Minnesota. From “Alice's Restaurant” and “Coming into Los Angeles,” to “City of New Orleans,” Arlo has held true to the spirit of his father’s legacy. He honors Woody’s tradition while exploring new ground. “[The legacy] is in the songs, the humor, the commitment to keep making the world a little better for everyone,” says Arlo.
Arlo was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. He is the eldest son of America's most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody. His mother Marjorie was a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease.
Surrounded by dancers and radical musicians, Arlo grew up influenced by; Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays (The Weavers), Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. He listened intently to the beat poets like Allen Ginsburg and Lord Buckley, and picked with players like Bill Monroe and Doc Watson. He learned something from everyone and developed his own style, becoming a distinctive, expressive voice in the community of singer-songwriters and political-social commentators.
Millions of people who know the name Woody Guthrie, and are familiar with his songs like “This Land Is Your Land” or “Oklahoma Hills.” Nora Guthrie (Woody’s daughter and Arlo’s sister) has introduced Woody to many young musicians, asking them to create melodies to lyrics where no music existed. Wilco and Billy Bragg, Eliza Gilkyson, The Klezmatics, Janis Ian and many more have recorded these new collaborations. Arlo wrote a haunting melody for his father’s song “My Peace.”
Arlo’s latest album, Live in Sydney, captures his warmth and wit. Recorded in Australia, along with Abe (who has shared the stage with his father for more than 20 years) playing keyboards and providing additional vocals and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Titcomb. Arlo intertwines the music and stories that have endeared him to audiences for forty years. The CD is available at http://www.RisingSonRecords.com.
August 2006 - Arlo with Abe and Gordon
4 Twinwood Arena - Rhythm Festival, Clapham Nr. Bedford, England
10 The Dancehouse, Manchester, England
12 Tartan Heart Festival, Inverness, Scotland
14 McGrory's Culdaff, Co. Donegal, Ireland
15 - 16 Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
17 Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland
18 Vicar Street Dublin, Ireland
24 - 27 Tønder Folk Festival, Tønder, Denmark
September 2006 - Wenzel joins the tour
1 Schiller Theater, Berlin, Germany
5 Fabrik, Hamburg, Germany
6 Alte Oper, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
14 Steinhof, Halle/Saale. Germany
16 Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, German
17 Burghof, Lörrach, Germany
18 Gasteig, Munich, Germany
19 Wartburg Konzertsaal, Eisenach, Germany
Beginning September 1, Arlo will tour with Berlin based musician Hans-Eckardt Wenzel for eight shows throughout Germany. Wenzel, at the forefront of German political, cabaret-style music, is an award winning artist who recorded the 2003 CD “Ticky Tock,” composing music to Woody Guthrie’s lost lyrics. Please go to http://www.arloundwenzel.de for more details.
For Arlo’s complete tour schedule please go to Arlo's new website http://www.RisingSonRecords.com.
For more information or to schedule an interview please contact Cash Edwards, 512/447-0544. If you would like a 300dpi JPEG please let her know.
“Thanks for keeping the music alive! See you somewhere...” Arlo Guthrie