Tao Rodríguez-Seeger

Tao Rodríguez-Seeger

Tao Rodriguez at MagnoliaFest 2007
Background information
Born 1972 (age 4344)
Poughkeepsie, New York
Genres Folk, folk rock, old-time music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Banjo, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Years active 1986–present
Associated acts The Mammals, Pete Seeger, The Anarchist Orchestra, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Roy Brown, Tito Auger
Website The Mammals.net

Tao Rodríguez-Seeger (born 1972) is an American contemporary folk musician. A founder of The Mammals, he is the grandson of folk musician Pete Seeger. He plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, and sings in English and Spanish.


Rodríguez-Seeger is the son of Emilio Rodríguez, a Puerto Rican filmmaker, and Mika Seeger.[1] After his father was invited by the Sandinistas to document the nation's civil war, Seeger spent nine years of his childhood in Nicaragua.[2]

In 1986, Rodríguez-Seeger started performing with his grandfather, Pete Seeger.[3] In 1999 he was a member of the band RIG, with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion.[4] In 2001 he founded the Mammals with Michael Merenda and Ruth Ungar.[5] In 2006 he recorded an album, ¡Que vaya bien!, with Puerto Rican folk singers Roy Brown, and Tito Auger of the Puerto Rican rock band Fiel a la vega and he formed the Anarchist Orchestra (now known as the Tao Rodriguez-Seeger band) with Jacob Silver, also of the Mammals, Laura Cortese and Robin McMillan.

Seeger had a radio show "The Tao of Tao" on WAMC.[6]

Barack Obama inaugural celebration

On January 18, 2009, Seeger performed with his grandfather Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen and a youth chorus at the We Are One Inaugural Celebration of President Barack Obama. They sang Woody Guthrie's famous song "This Land Is Your Land" during the finale, before an audience estimated at 400,000. The performance included two of Guthrie's original verses to the song that have often been censored. One verse mentions "private property" and the other refers to a depression era relief office.[7]

On October 21, 2011, Seeger was part of The Pete Seeger March which walked in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street to Columbus Circle. There he performed with his grandfather Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, David Amram, and other musicians.[8]


With the Mammals

With Roy Brown and Tito Auger

With the Anarchist Orchestra/the Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band

With the Tao Seeger Band


  1. Dunaway, David K., How Can I Keep from Singing: Pete Seeger, McGraw Hill (1981), DaCapo (1990), ISBN 0-07-018150-0, ISBN 0-07-018151-9, ISBN 0-306-80399-2
  2. Link, Melissa, "Not Just Another Folk Singer" Athens Banner-Herald 26 September 2002. Retrieved April 13, 2007
  3. Mike Green & Associates. Retrieved 14 April 2007. The Mammals Bios
  4. Link, Melissa,"Not Just Another Folk Singer" Athens Banner-Herald 26 September 2002. Retrieved April 13, 2007
  5. Himes, Geoffrey "Old School" Baltimore City Paper 26 November 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2007
  6. Barry, John W., "Individualism Shines Through Work of Duo" (sidebar) Poughkeepsie Journal 21 November 2003. Retrieved:14 April 2007
  7. Ben Smith's Blog http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0109/Seegers_version.html
  8. "Seeger, Guthrie join Occupy Wall Street rally". CBS News. Associated Press. October 22, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
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