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A LEGEND IN THE NEK

September 20, 2012

ARLO GUTHRIE - Courtesy Photo

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - The New York Times calls quintessential 60’s folk music icon Arlo Guthrie, “A superb folk singer” and “a polished raconteur.” Anyone who has ever attended one of Arlo’s concerts can testify to the latter, when he interrupts a song to riff on whatever happens to float into his mind. His digressions are ironic and funny, even goofy. But they always carry Arlo’s trademark passion to illuminate the pressing issues that face our world.
Kingdom County Productions will open its 2012-13 performance season with an exclusive northern New England concert by legendary folksinger Arlo Guthrie, 7pm, Tuesday, October 2nd at Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy. Arlo will perform a rare solo show, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his dad Woody Guthrie’s life as America’s Dust Bowl Troubadour who inspired Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, and many others.
The son of America’s beloved Dust Bowl troubadour/philosopher Woody Guthrie, Arlo was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other. Arlo grew up surrounded by musicians: Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays (The Weavers), Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, all of whom influenced his musical career. Guthrie gave his first public performance in 1961 at age 13 and quickly became involved in the music that was shaping the world—among peers Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jim Croce, and Phil Ochs. He grooved with 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 a crowded community of singer-songwriters and social commentators.
Arlo's career exploded in 1967 with the release of "Alice's Restaurant", whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival helped foster the '60s generation’s commitment to activism. Arlo went on to star in the 1969 Hollywood film version of "Alice's Restaurant", directed by Arthur Penn.
With songs like "Alice's Restaurant", too long for radio airplay and "Coming into Los Angeles", banned from many radio stations (but a favorite at Woodstock), Arlo recorded the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans. Over the last four decades Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia winning a huge following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller whose tales and hilarious anecdotes pop up throughout his performances.
Tickets for the October 2nd concert are available at the Catamount Arts Regional Box Office or by calling 802-748-2600. Online sales are available at CatamountArts.org. Arlo Guthrie is being presented by Kingdom County Productions (KCP) working in association with Catamount Arts. For more information contact KCP director Jay Craven (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

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