Arlo Guthrie brings the family tour to Beaver Creek Monday
BEAVER CREEK In a celebration of one of the most prolific musical families in American history, Arlo Guthrie brings The Guthrie Family Legacy Tour to the Vilar Center Monday for a 7:30pm show. Arlo is joined on this national tour by his son Abe, his daughter Sarah Lee Guthrie along with Johnny Irion and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Titcomb. The Guthries will re-visit Woody and Arlo’s songs and share old stories of their family and the chapter in American history they have written with their music.The spirit of the Guthrie Family has been handed down through the generations. “It’s in the songs, the humor, the commitment to keep making the world a little better for everyone,” Arlo said. The Legacy Tour will both honor Woody’s tradition and explore new ground as it weaves its way through the musical history of the Guthrie family.
Woody Guthrie is a household name for millions, and even the new listener may be familiar with his prolific songs which include “This Land Is Your Land,” “The Reno Blues (Philadelphia Lawyer)” and “Oklahoma Hills.” Many come to discover him through his friends and musical collaborators such as Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. However they came to know him, Woody is part of the musical fabric of countless American lives. Arlo continued the musical legacy of his father with a prolific folk-singing career of his own. Born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, Arlo took a special place in music as the eldest son of the beloved Woody. Raised in an environment rife with musical talent and social awareness, Guthrie espoused the values that his father had become famous singing about. His career exploded in 1967 with the release of his album, “Alice’s Restaurant,” whose title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival and helped foster a new commitment to social consciousness and activism among the ’60s generation. The talking blues song, which lasts almost 20 minutes, is a bitingly satirical protest against the Vietnam War, and became a symbol for the climate of political disapproval prevalent in the late 1960s. Arlo has since gone on to master several instruments (he plays the piano, six and twelve-string guitar and the harmonica, to name a few), and also become a master in the art of honoring his father through song and performance. “[He] is the best interpreter of his father’s songs, and to hear Arlo Guthrie sing a Woody Guthrie song is to hear it wonderfully close to its original source,” said Steve Leggett of All Music Guide.This family of living legends takes the Vilar Center stage Monday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available through the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS (8497) or vilarcenter.org. The Vilar Center is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.