Thursday, August 18, 2011

Arlo Guthrie: 'It's always good to come back' to the festival

By Ed Condran

Arlo Guthrie is no stranger to the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

“It’s a great festival,” Guthrie said. “It’s always good to come back.”

The veteran folkie, who has crafted such classics as “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” and “The City of New Orleans,” is still a dynamic performer, who draws strong crowds.

“People still come out,” Guthrie said. “It’s incredible how diverse (the fan base) is. I have my fans who are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. There are my dad’s (Woody Guthrie) fans, who are in their 80s and 90s, and then there are the fans, who are under 35. It’s great for me.”

Guthrie, 64, is a wry, disarming charmer live. He is adept at engaging the audience while he peppers the crowd with his array of songs from his deep canon.

Read full story in Entertainment.

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