City of New Orleans – by the guy who wrote it

If you are over 40, chances are that you remember Arlo Guthrie’s version of City of New Orleans.  But if you want to hear it the way it was meant to be done, take the time to watch Steve Goodman perform it, accompanied by mandolin virtuoso Jethro Burns.

Makes me want to go for a train ride.

2 Responses to “City of New Orleans – by the guy who wrote it”

  1. Marc says:

    I didn’t think I’d know it, but I do! But I know Johnny Cash’s version, which we listened to in the car when our family was on vacation. It’s slightly different, but still… Good memories.

  2. Phil L says:

    Arlo Guthrie’s cover of the song was never #1, but did make it into the top 20 on the charts in 1972. It’s been covered by a lot of artists including Johnny Cash. Willie Nelson’s version made it to #1 on the country charts.

    Unfortunately Steve Goodman never achieved much commercial success. He’s one of my favourite singer/songwriters. I have good memories of seeing him live at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in the early 1980s, and live with John Prine at another concert in Edmonton. He died of leukemia much too young.