In a career now longer than his iconic, incomparable father's, Arlo Guthrie has not only honored the family folk and activist traditions, but also roamed far and wide in the assorted realms of Americana while touching on rock and pop. He once even made it to the pop charts (with a definitive version of Steve Goodman's brilliant "City of New Orleans"), while also indelibly stamping himself on the national music consciousness with his comic-epic "Alice's Restaurant Massacre" and Woodstock performance of "Coming into Los Angeles." Those high points sometimes overshadow his superior abilities as a songwriter and song interpreter, especially of Woody's canon. His last two releases showcase both, along with his easy versatility. On In Times Like These, recorded live in 2006 with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Arlo is in sync with the orchestra's spirited performance of James Burton's elegant arrangements. But, as eloquently etched in the title tune, his overall mood is soberly reflective, hoping for better days ahead. Last year's far sprightlier 32¢/Postage Due, meanwhile, is an entirely engaging collection of Woody nuggets, performed by Arlo with bluegrass champs the Dillards. This will be a solo performance.
Thu., July 16, 7:30 p.m., 2009