March 11, 2009
By Chris Shearman
Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter and storyteller Arlo Guthrie
brings his Lost World Tour to the Manship Theatre on March 11 and 12.
Guthrie is the son of folk icon Woody Guthrie and grew up in
Brooklyn, N.Y. surrounded by musicians, poets and philosophers such
as Pete Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Leadbelly. On the Lost World
Tour, Guthrie teams up with his son Abe, The Burns Sisters, Terry A
La Berry, Bobby Sweet and Jody Lampro to express his classic,
powerful and timeless songs and stories of his life and travels.
Writing "Alice's Restaurant" was a major turning point in Guthrie's
career and later led him to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version.
This song, along with Guthrie's other collections of music, helped
raise awareness of the pressing social, cultural and political issues
of the 1960's. Perhaps his biggest radio "hit" was his version of
Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans," a song Guthrie still carries
into his live shows today.
In 1991, Guthrie purchased the old Trinity church, which is the exact
site that influenced his timeless song "Alice's Restaurant," and now
this church has become the headquarters for The Guthrie Center and
The Guthrie Foundation.
According to Guthrie's Web site, "The Guthrie Foundation is a
not-for-profit interfaith church foundation dedicated to providing a
wide range of local and international services. Programs include
everything from providing HIV/AIDS services to baking cookies with a
local service organization, from an HD walk-a-thon to raise awareness
and money for a cure for Huntington's Disease, to simply offering a
place to meditate."
"The Guthrie Foundation is a separate not-for-profit educational
organization that addresses issues such as the environment, health
care, cultural preservation and educational exchange. As part of a
Guthrie Foundation sponsored tour, Arlo and his family rode the
Amtrak City of New Orleans train in December 2005, from Chicago to
New Orleans, stopping along the way to perform benefit concerts. Arlo
Guthrie & Friends, Ridin' on the City of New Orleans (Benefiting
Victims of Katrina) has raised over $140,000."
Guthrie is the pioneer of what is known today as the "indie artist"
with pages full of accomplishments and successes, all the while
maintaining an almost underground feel to his career. He is a
musician who writes songs to fall upon the ears of those who are open to it.
According to Arlo.net, Guthrie has this to say about life, "I was
born in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York with a guitar in one hand
and a harmonica in the other in 1947. I have successfully foiled
every opportunity to be somebody in the entertainment industry. I've
done about 30 records, a motion picture, a TV series, a book for
little kids, started a few recording and production companies and two
"I've been in jail and I've been in love. I've spent over 40 years on
the road discovering the rest of humanity and I'm still not proud or
tired. I've made some friends along the journey and figure there's a
few more to meet. I am happy to share anything I don't know with
anyone who doesn't expect anything from me. No judgment no
expectations. If you run with me you come at your own risk. I have no
hobbies, interests, or goals except to outrun the truth that shadows
my every move."