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Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947. He is the eldest son of America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia Guthrie, a professional dancer with the Martha Graham Company and founder of The Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease.

With songs like “Alice’s Restaurant”, “Coming into Los Angeles”, and the definitive rendition of Steve Goodman’s “City of New Orleans”, Guthrie was no one-hit-wonder. An artist of international stature, he has never had a ‘hit’ in the usual sense. Over the last four decades, Guthrie has toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia winning a wide, popular following. In addition to his accomplishments as a musician, playing the piano, six and twelve-string guitar, and harmonica among dozen other instruments, Arlo is a natural-born storyteller, whose tales and anecdotes figure prominently in his performances.

100 years after the birth of his iconic father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo gathered with other musicians to hold a year long celebration for the man best known for songs that told the stories of real American people. In effort to pay homage to Woody, Arlo and company went on tour to share Woody’s music with fans across the U.S. and Europe.

The GRAMMY Museum has also partnered with the Guthrie Family / Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and the Woody Guthrie Archives to create Centennial celebrations beyond live performances, including conferences, conversations, and festivals. In honor of his father’s legacy and mentorship, Arlo has released Every 100 Years, a CD featuring tracks composed by his father, himself, and Wenzel. The album also contains the first released version of “My Peace,” a track with music by Arlo and lyrics by Woody.

Watch Arlo perform his father’s classic, “This Land is Your Land”

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“I always know that, in addition to some of Guthrie’s classics, I’ll hear some lesser-known folk gems and enjoy not only his aces guitar playing but also his distinctive voice, which seems to channel the folk greats who have gone before him.”


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