Nelson, Snider Added to Guthrie’s City of New Orleans Shows

Willie Nelson, Todd Snider and Cyril Neville have been added to selected shows on Arlo Guthrie’s upcoming train trip on the City of New Orleans. Billed as the Arlo Guthrie & Friends: Ridin’ on the City of New Orleans tour, the trip is designed to raise money and equipment to help restore the New Orleans musical infrastructure devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Cyril Neville, the youngest of the Neville Brothers, will perform at Monday’s (Dec. 5) kickoff concert at the Vic Theatre in Chicago and Wednesday’s (Dec. 5) stop in Kankakee, Ill. Snider has signed on for the Dec. 13 concert at the New Daisy in Memphis. Nelson and longtime bandmate Mickey Raphael will perform on Dec. 17 at Tipitina’s in New Orleans during the tour’s final concert. The seven-city tour also includes stops in three Illinois cities — Champaign, Effingham and Carbondale. The tour borrows its name from “The City of New Orleans,” the late Steve Goodman’s train song that was a hit for both Guthrie and Nelson.