John McCutcheon

. May 21, 2012.

John McCutcheon seems to have never met an instrument he didn’t like. He’s skilled on autoharp, banjo, fiddle, guitar, piano, mountain dulcimer, and is an acknowledged master of the hammered dulcimer. And if you’ve seen him do “hambone,” using his hands to slap out complex rhythms on his thighs, chest, and head, you know he needs no external instrument to make music. And there is his voice; strong, all-American, sounding better than most of us, while still managing to sound like one of us. It can confidently carry an a cappella Appalachian hymn, or remind you of Bob Seger at his raspy, rockin’ best.

Now add songwriting to this embarrassment of riches. If McCutcheon had never written another song besides “Christmas in the Trenches,” arguably one of the best anti-war songs in the English language, he could be counted among the great songwriters of recent memory. His thirty-four (!) recordings have received countless awards, including five Grammy nominations. 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1818.

www.theark.com

Trending

Venue Spotlight: The Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library’s staff observed the progressing spread of COVID-19 with a keen eye towards optimal safety measures. Like all libraries, it remained closed for the duration of the three-month period of Michigan’s shelter-at-home executive order, to curtail the spread of the virus. But Sherlonya Turner says that while their staff certainly considered

Venue Spotlight: Ziggy’s in Ypsi

While Ypsilanti’s beloved Ziggy’s isn’t quite ready to open, we talk to David Jeffries about the recent bit of good news about reopening when the timing’s right.

Venue Spotlight: Blind Pig, “We can never turn our back on local music”

There’s a solid likelihood one of your favorite bands stopped through this 400-capacity venue on 1st. St. on their way to their higher-tier status.  Nirvana was at the Blind Pig in 1989 (opening for the Flaming Lips). Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins came through on respective tours in 1991. A few other names to

Heather Mae Says ‘You’re Not Alone’ at Singing OUT!

Social justice songwriters Heather Mae and Crys Matthews take their 2020 tour online. Here’s one way to stay positive during these trying times.