'Could We Ever Feel Much Finer?'

Folk legend Arlo Guthrie responds to the warm welcome of his audience Tuesday night during the final show of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts? summer music series. The series ended on a brilliant high note under a clear sky at River Run Lodge, near Ketchum. In fine voice, Guthrie sang and told tales with his trademark sense of humor and cockeyed view of the world. Playing with him was his son, Abe Guthrie, and Gordon Titcomb. The Mammals, a neo-traditional folk group from New York, opened the show and played a handful of songs with Guthrie. The Mammals? banjo player, Mike Merenda, asked from the stage, ?How does it feel to live in the most beautiful place in the country?? Loud cheers followed. Guthrie didn?t disappoint in his choice of music. His trademark song, ?Alice?s Restaurant,? was sung by the whole audience, as was ?This Land is Our Land,? his father Woody Guthrie?s best-known tune. Following the show, Guthrie appeared literally wrung out with exhaustion. ?It?s hard but it?s fun,? he said. ?And we feel fine.? Photo by Willy Cook

Friday, August 26, 2005

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