Arlo Guthrie - Hobo's Lullaby (1972)

Arlo Guthrie is an American singer-songwriter, the son of Woody Guthrie.
Arlo Guthrie's fifth album Hobo's Lullaby was the one to give him a hit single - his brilliant version of Steve Goodman's "City Of New Orleans" charted at #20. Even without this, the rest of the album was surely among his best work, typical of his country-styled folk-rock music, with help from his usual cohort of session guys including fiddle players Byron Berline and Gib Guilbeau, bassist Chris Ethridge, banjo player Doug Dillard (of the Dillards), pianist Jim Dickinson, top session drummer Jim Keltner and slide guitar virtuoso Ry Cooder. Of particular note was Cooder's fantastic electric guitar work on "Days Are Short".
It's interesting that though Guthrie is known as a songwriter, most of the songs here are covers. As well as Goodman's tune, there are numbers from Hoyt Axton, Dylan, his father Woody, Jimme Davis and Goebell Reeves, as well as a sing-along version of the standard "Ukulele Lady".

Washington County (1970) <|> Last Of The Brooklyn Cowboys (1973)
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1 comment:

Clay Eals said...


Great to see your "Hobo's Lullaby" review that invokes Arlo Guthrie's version of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans." Goodman often doesn't get his due. You might be interested in my 800-page biography, "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music." The book delves deeply into the genesis and effects of "City of New Orleans," and Arlo Guthrie is a key source among my 1,050 interviewees and even contributed the foreword.

You can find out more at my Internet site (below). Amazingly, the book's first printing sold out in just eight months, all 5,000 copies, and a second printing of 5,000 is available now. The second printing includes hundreds of little updates and additions, including 30 more photos for a total of 575. It won a 2008 IPPY (Independent Publishers Association) silver medal for biography.

If you're not already familiar with the book, I hope you find it of interest. 'Nuff said.

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