Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Wednesday Coffeehouse: Judy Collins & Arlo Guthrie

If you remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there. ~ Judy Collins

We have the oars but lost the boat. ~ Arlo Guthrie

Judy Collins Then

Judy Collins Now

We welcome to Nick’s Coffeehouse the celebrated Judy Collins. A concert pianist when she was not quite into her teens, Judy found the music of legendary and much beloved folk musicians such a Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger so inspiring that the guitar replaced the concert piano in her life.

In 1961, when she was 22 years old, Judy recorded he first album of folk music, A Maid of Constant Sorrow. Judy Collins has been an icon of the folks music scene ever since.

Arlo Guthrie Then

Arlo Guthrie Now

Joining Judy at Nick’s Coffeehouse is Arlo Guthrie, son of Judy Collin’s hero, Woody Guthrie. The Official Oughtabiography of Arlo Guthrie states that Arlo was born with a guitar in one hand and a harmonica in the other, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York in 1947.

Growing up surrounded by the greatest folk singers of all time—folks like Lee Hays, Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Cisco Houston, and, of course, the greatest of them all, his dad—Arlo had an education in the genre that was second to none. He first sang in public in 1960 when he was 13 and Cisco Houston in invited him on the stage of … but listen to Arlo tell the story himself in his introduction to Saint James Infirmary.

Cat’s in the Cradle
~ Judy Collins

Kingdom Come ~ Judy Collins

City of New Orleans ~ Arlo Guthrie & Judy Collins

Saint James Infirmary ~ Arlo Guthrie

Amazing Grace ~ Arlo Guthrie

In case anyone is interested, all of the audios I post are from my own CDs.

Having recently completed the 1,000th Blog Post celebration, the next in line for Nick’s Bytes is the 100,000th Visitor. As of this writing, the visitor thingie (on my sidebar) reads 99,645. If visitors come by as usual, that means that visitor Number 100,000 will be by within the next week.

Please take a glance at the visitor thing and, if you turn out to be the 100,000th visitor, please tell me about it in a comment to Nick’s Bytes or in an email. Thanks.


  1. OMG, Arlo Guthrie and Judy Collins...that takes me back (now I've given my age

    They were great times, though.

  2. I remember a couple of those names.

    Congrats on your 1,000 post! :-)

  3. This all brings back my childhood. My mom loved only classical music, until she discovered folk music. I grew up on Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, and Peter, Paul, & Mary (among others).

  4. Well first, I do not remember the sixties, BECAUSE nope I wasn't there having popped into this world in 1970.
    I do love this style of music though as this is what my parents listened too while I was growing up. In fact my parents started me in the orchestra so young so I could learn to play fiddle and folk music...that did not work out the best.

  5. How can you mention Judy Collins and not feature "Send in the Clowns"?????

  6. Ha! Now I know what I'm going to listen to today, when I go into the office I now call home two days a week. Thanks! Judy Collins - the voice of an angel...

  7. This coffee house is too too great stay cool..sandy

  8. Ah good times. I did not listen to much of that back then but I have become a huge fan of folk now. I shall have to listen to this later on.

    99,727 ... getting so close.

  9. Great Posting my friend. I have always enjoyed Judy and Arlo. Hugs and God's Love and blessing! Mikr G.said that (It's an A.A.Thing)

  10. Nick
    It is hot here also and I try to venture on errands only early morning or late evenings. But alas today I was out all morning not of my own chosing.
    The sixties bring back fond memories. I was rather navie in those days. Peace

  11. Oh, I love folk music.

    Actually, I just picked up John Mellencamp's newest CD today at Starbucks, and it's VERY folk-y. I highly recommend it.

  12. Well I enjoyed the "Then and Now" photos, but I think we should have a Then and Now of Nick!

    best wishes from the UK.

  13. NOTE: Yesterday I was rather under the weather and took more catnaps than Alex. Today I am feeling much better and as chipper as the early robin's tweet

    Puss-in-Boots: Hmmmm…Let’s see, I was in my teens when Judy and Arlo came on the folks see. You?

    Little Lamb: Thanks yoy—and thanks for your memories.

    Kcinnova : I appreciate your mom’s tastes in music.

    Akelamalu: I agree. Judy has a lot of talent.

  14. This coffeehouse is wonderful! Thank you, Nick.

  15. Sassy Mama Bear: I appreciate your parents’ choice of music. It’s never too late to learn to play the fiddle. I know a woman in one of the local UCC congregations who began learning to play it when she was 70 years old so she could play Bluegrass music. That was about 4 years ago and now she’s an excellent fiddler.

    Enola: Well… I could mention all of the hits of Judy and Arlo.

    Carol: Yes, Judy does have an angelic voice. I hope you enjoyed the music.

    I beati: Thank you!

    Barman: I’m always happy to say “hi” to another fan of folk—or, “roots” as they call it now—music.

    Yes, Bryan, the count it moving toward 100,000! As of this moment, the visitor counter reads 99,816.

  16. Mike Golch: Thank you! Blessings back to you, Mike!

    Lady Di Tn : Folk music gave me some of my earliest lessons regarding peace, justice, activism, etc. I hope your weather is cooling off.

    Libby: Hi, Libby. Let me check the counter now. It’s up to 99,820.

    Callie: Thanks for the recommendation. I must listen to Mellencamp's new CD!

    dancingonabladeofgras: Hmmmmmmmmm… Not a bad idea. I will post a Nick Then and Now” pic!

    China Girl: Thank you! I appreciate all compliments.

  17. I ran a spotlight for Arlo Guthrie once...

  18. The Lone Beader: Did you get to meet him? Was his show good? Tell me more.

  19. Did you notice that Judy looked good then and looks great now, and Arlo looked, well, ok then and looks like John McCain now? It's amazing how people age differently.

  20. Baba Doodlius : You’re right! Judy has aged better than Arlo. Of course, I hear that Judy did a lot less, uh, stuff than Arlo for a much shorter time.


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