Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

John McCutcheon at the Ark



folklore was standing just to one side on a North Carolina stage. But others reflect more deeply on the tradition of folk music McCutcheon inherited. Growing up in Wisconsin, he went to the Marathon County Public Library in search of folk songbooks and found only one, a collection of Woody Guthrie songs.

At the time he didn't know who Guthrie was. The songs were in alphabetical order, so it wasn't until three-quarters of the way through that he realized he was dealing with the creator of "This Land Is Your Land." But he was impressed by the way Guthrie's songs covered life's entire spectrum: "What was most curious is here was a love song, followed by a kids' song, followed by a historical song, followed by a nonsense song, followed by an angry song. So I guess when I started writing my own songs-about a day later-I just realized you write about everything."

McCutcheon's hundreds of songs have lived up to that aim. He has a cheerful way of dealing with family matters that has led him into a second career as a performer of children's music, and he can pack the slow turning of the gears of generations into spare images. His various antiwar numbers have the knack of seeming rooted in a sacredness of everyday experience-a quality that has made him one of the few performers who has often sung antiwar songs for groups of veterans.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Hospital Lodging Programs
Elizabeth Kostova
Falling off the bridge
Keith Taylor
Victoria Cendrowski
Rec & Ed's yoga queen
Shelley Daily
Galeet Dardashti & Divahn
An aural homage
Sandor Slomovits
Restaurants with prices $10 To $20
A clickable zoomable map
DIY Curator
"I envision myself as a dragon protecting golden eggs in a cave," says Anya Klapischak.
Jenn McKee
Fork In the Road
Foremost leaves Broad St.
Sally Mitani
Today's Events
A Dean Departs
Aaron Dworkin cuts short his tenure at SMTD
Eve Silberman
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
Greek Festival June 9-11, 2017
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017