Thursday, December 1, 2005

Arlo Guthrie Riding City Of New Orleans To New Orleans

BOSTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Arlo Guthrie sang the 1971 hit, “City Of New Orleans,” and now he’s riding the train that inspired the song in order to help the actual city of New Orleans.

This Monday (Dec. 5), Guthrie will start a 12-day tour aboard the City Of New Orleans train that will take him from Chicago to the Big Easy on Dec. 17.

In between, Guthrie will perform concerts at various stops including Kankakee, Illinois; Carbondale, Illinois; and he predicts Elvis will be at the Memphis, Tennessee, show on Dec. 13.

Guthrie is taking the train tour, in part, to raise funds to help New Orleans rebuild its musical infrastructure, which he says is essential to the cultural health of America.

As he puts it, “The concept of playing a song spontaneously and never repeating it the same way is unique to this country and it started in New Orleans.”

Although Guthrie’s schedule will be packed during his train tour, he jokes that if anyone wants to find him, he’ll probably “be in the bar car.”

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