Folksinger Arlo Guthrie announced Friday that he had retired from touring and live performances
The 73-year-old Washington, Mass., songwriter, best known for “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” revealed on Facebook that he felt he had not fully recovered from a 2019 stroke. He also disclosed he had mini-strokes in recent years.
Guthrie said he “was not up to the standards I expected of myself, let alone the expectations that our friends and fans had come to enjoy.”
“A folksinger’s shelf life may be a lot longer than a dancer or an athlete, but at some point, unless you’re incredibly fortunate or just plain whacko (either one or both) it’s time to hang up the “Gone Fishing” sign,” Guthrie wrote. ” Going from town to town and doing stage shows, remaining on the road is no longer an option.”
He added, “I’m happy, healthy and good to go, even if I’m not going anywhere. I’ve taken back 6-9 months that I used to spend on the road, and enjoying myself with Marti, my family and friends. In short — Gone Fishing.”
The Brooklyn native’s song “Massachusetts” was named the official folk song of the Commonwealth where he has spent most of his adult life.
He is the son of legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie and the father of four musicians: Abe, Annie, Sarah Lee, and Cathy Guthrie.