The Tao of Tao


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After meeting Tao Rodriguez-Seeger with his grandfather Pete in June, I thought it would be interesting to get inside the head of the offspring of such an influential musician. Below is the introduction to an interview I did with him in July which has since been published by the guys at

Musician Tao Rodriguez Seeger is the eldest grandchild of Pete and Toshi (née Toshi-Aline Ohta) Seeger, and the son of Mika Seeger and Puerto Rican filmmaker Emilio Rodriguez. Rodriguez-Seeger sings in English and Spanish, composes, and plays guitar, banjo, and harmonica. He began performing in his teens with grandfather Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie, and later formed a band, RIG, with Guthrie’s daughter (Woody Guthrie’s granddaughter) Sarah Lee. Between 2001 and 2007, he released six albums with his contemporary folk band The Mammals. Since then he has collaborated with Puerto Rican musicians Roy Brown and Tito Auger and released an alt-folk EP with his new solo project: the Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band. The past year has seen him touring with Pete Seeger and blues artist Guy Davis, raising money for various farming organizations, and also performing for President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. Tao got his name from his grandmother’s initials, T.A.O.

Read the whole interview here.

Photo by Taylor Crothers


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