Over the last four decades Arlo has toured throughout North
America, Europe, Asia and Australia winning a broad and dedicated following. In addition to being an accomplished
musician—playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, harmonica and a dozen other instruments—Arlo is a
natural-born storyteller whose hilarious tales and anecdotes are woven seamlessly into his performances.
1961 a young Arlo Guthrie took to the stage for the first time … solo. He played in England, Scotland and Denmark during
the summer of 1965, showing up at clubs or singing on street corners … alone. In November that same year he began work on
his epic adventure, “Alice's Restaurant.” He worked as a solo artist touring around the world to as far away as
Japan for the next two years until “Alice” was recorded. In 1967 “Alice's Restaurant” hit the radios
and the record stores.
In 1969 four events converged to change everything. He appeared at Woodstock Music
Festival, starred in the motion picture Alice's Restaurant, married Miss Malibu, Jackie Hyde, and bought an old farm in
Massachusetts. He has rarely toured solo since those Woodstock days.
In 1983, alongside his thriving
performing career, Arlo launched his own record label, Rising Son Records that holds his complete catalogue. His latest album, In
Times Like These, is a dynamic work in which Arlo collaborated with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. It will be
released on his 60th birthday, July 10.
In 1991, Arlo bought “The Church” which now houses The
Guthrie Center, a not-for-profit interfaith church foundation, and The Guthrie Foundation, an educational foundation, dedicated
to providing a wide range of local and international services.
In December 2005, using the Guthrie
Foundation as a springboard, Arlo and his family rode the Amtrak City of New Orleans train from Chicago to New Orleans, stopping
along the way to perform benefit concerts. “‘We saw the disaster unfold in New Orleans, on a level that probably
hadn't been seen since the Dust Bowl era…and I wanted to do something that would actually help.' said Arlo”
– The Wall Street Journal. Arlo Guthrie & Friends – Ridin' on the City of New Orleans (Benefiting Victims of
Katrina) raised over $100,000 directly targeted for musicians.
Now Arlo continues on alone - rambling
through songs and tales, “Guthrie is philosophical in a naturally funny and folksy way and, as with great storytellers such
as Will Rogers and even his own father, he always manages to pluck a gem from a lot of dirt.” - The Los Angeles Times
“Some people think a folksinger is someone who just sings their own songs. That's a shame. It's like
being of the tradition, rather than in it. I've taught myself to make any song I like my own.” – Arlo Guthrie