In a message posted to his website, titled, “Gone Fishing,” iconic folk singer and son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie announced his retirement from touring.

Since 2016, the legendary musician has experienced a number of mini-strokes. “I got really dizzy in the parking lot of the hotel, and started seeing as though I were looking through a kaleidoscope,” Guthrie stated before sharing that he didn’t find out what caused the discomfort until a few weeks later. “It didn’t appear to affect my performance, or my state of being. I continued touring for the next 4 years.”

Paying little attention to the matter, Arlo had another episode in November 2019 when he returned to Florida and a few days later was experiencing pain on both sides of his body which led to a hospital stay. “They kept me there for 3 days, running tests of all kinds, and essentially informed me that I’d suffered a stroke,” he said. “This time was more serious, as I’d lost some ability to walk, and I wondered if if would be able to play music.”

“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,” he concluded. Read the full statement here.

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