Guthrie Family To Set Out on Huge Tour

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Arlo Guthrie

“The Guthries are the first family of American folk. They practice what Woody preached.” -Vanity Fair

“[Woody] Guthrie music is alive and well, and that the legacy is in good hands.” -Robert Price, New Jersey Herald

This month, folk music icon Arlo Guthrie will begin his trek across North America with three generations of Guthries for “Guthrie Family Rides Again.”

The concerts on the upcoming “Guthrie Family Rides Again” tour will feature Arlo’s standards as well as a selection of unpublished Woody Guthrie lyrics recently put to music by such distinguished artists as Billy Bragg, Wilco, Eliza Gilkyson, Janis Ian, Wenzel, The Klezmatics, and others. With many notable musicians from around the world contributing to keep the work of Woody Guthrie alive and well, the Guthrie Family will pay tribute to these artists as they perform some of the newly composed tunes.

“Guthrie Family Rides Again” spotlights three generations of Guthries including Arlo’s son Abe, who has contributed keyboards and backing vocals to his father’s live shows since the ’80s. His daughters Cathy, Annie and Sarah Lee Guthrie, all of who have their own bustling music careers, will support by singing songs and accompanying on acoustic guitars. Sarah Lee’s musical partner and husband Johnny Irion will lead songs and lend his stalwart guitar playing. The youngest generation of Guthrie kids will join in the fun on select songs.

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, Arlo’s family-run label Rising Son Records released Arlo Guthrie: Tales of ’69 (Release Date: August 18, 2009). Recorded just prior to Woodstock, the recently discovered lost tape highlights Arlo live in concert in Long Island, NY and features nine tracks including an epic 28-minute talking blues tale as well as three previously unrecorded songs.

Also coming up on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Smithsonian Folkways will release Go Waggaloo, a 13-track disc of children’s music from Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family, featuring her husband Johnny Irion, their two daughters, and a host of other family and friends including her father Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Pete’s grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger. Guthrie presents thoughtful yet playful recordings of traditional songs and new compositions, including three songs featuring lyrics by her grandfather Woody Guthrie from the Smithsonian Folkways archives never before put to music and eight songs written by Sarah Lee and family. This is Sarah Lee Guthrie’s first children’s recording and her first recording for Smithsonian Folkways, home of 42 albums featuring Woody Guthrie and more than 200 children’s recordings by Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins, Lead Belly and many others.

Guthrie Family Rides Again Tour Dates
Friday, October 23, 2009: McAninch Arts Center at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, IL
Saturday, October 24, 2009: Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, IL
Tuesday, October 27, 2009: Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts in Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, October 28, 2009: Dominion Chalmers United Church in Ottawa, Canada
Thursday, October 29, 2009: Theatre Outremont in Montreal, Canada
Sunday, November 1, 2009: Homer Center for the Arts in Homer, NY
Friday, November 13, 2009: The Egg in Albany, NY
Sunday, November 15, 2009: Sunoco Theater in Harrisburg, PA
Tuesday, November 17, 2009: State Theater in State College, PA
Thursday, November 19, 2009: The Flynn Centre in Burlington, VT
Friday, November 20, 2009: Merrill Auditorium in Portland, ME
Saturday, November 21, 2009: Maine Center for the Arts in Orono, ME
Saturday, November 28, 2009: Carnegie Hall in New York, NY
Sunday, November 29, 2009: New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ
Friday, February 19, 2010: The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA
Saturday, February 20, 2010: McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ
Sunday, February 21, 2010: Patchogue Theatre in Patchogue, NY
Tuesday, February 23, 2010: Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE
Thursday, February 25, 2010: The American Theatre in Hampton, VA
Friday, February 26, 2010: The American Theatre in Hampton, VA
Saturday, February 27, 2010: Paramount Theatre in Charlottesville, VA
Monday, March 1, 2010: Newberry Opera House in Newberry, SC
Wednesday, March 3, 2010: Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in Asheville, NC
Thursday, March 4, 2010: Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in Asheville, NC
Friday, March 5, 2010: Ferst Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA
Monday, March 15, 2010: The Lyric Theatre in Stuart, FL
Tuesday, March 16, 2010: The Lyric Theatre in Stuart, FL
Saturday, March 20, 2010: Bartlett Performing Arts Center in Bartlett, TN
Tuesday, March 23, 2010: Miller Outdoor Theater in Houston, TX
Friday, March 26, 2010: Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, MO
Saturday, March 27, 2010: Carlsen Center-Yardley Hall in Overland Park, KS
Wednesday, March 31, 2010: Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, TX
Saturday, April 3, 2010: Journal Theatre, National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM
Thursday, April 8, 2010: Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, AZ
Friday, April 9, 2010: Centennial Hall in Tucson, AZ
Saturday, April 10, 2010: Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, AZ
Friday, April 16, 2010: Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, April 17, 2010: Barclay Theatre in Irvine, CA
Tuesday, April 20, 2010: Clark Center in Arroyo Grande, CA
Wednesday, April 21, 2010: University of CA at Davis in Sacramento, CA
Thursday, April 22, 2010: University of CA at Davis in Sacramento, CA
Friday, April 23, 2010: Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA
Saturday, April 24, 2010: Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA
Thursday, April 29, 2010: La Sells Center in Corvallis, OR
Saturday, May 1, 2010: Kentwood High School Auditorium in Kent, WA
Sunday, May 2, 2010: Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA

*Additional dates TBA*