Folk singer John McCutcheon returns to Nevada County |

Folk singer John McCutcheon returns to Nevada County

John McCutcheon’s family doesn’t remember when the neighbors started complaining about the loud singing emerging from young John’s bedroom. It didn’t seem to do much good, though. After a losing battle between piano lessons and baseball (he was a mediocre pianist and an all-star catcher), McCutcheon “found his voice” thanks to a cheap mail-order guitar and a used book of chords.

From such inauspicious beginnings in the 1970s, McCutcheon has become one of the most respected folk singers today, playing to sold-out concerts on four continents. McCutcheon, who plays Nevada County gigs at least once a year, returns Jan. 15 to the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.

McCutcheon’s 25 albums have garnered numerous awards in the independent-record industry. He received a Grammy nomination in 1982 and one each year from 1996 to 2000.

In between recordings, McCutcheon has also helped reshape the musician’s union, promote international musicians, write articles for music publications and chair literacy campaigns. He is also president of the American Federation of Musicians, Traveling Musicians Local 1000.



WHAT: John McCutcheon in concert

WHEN: Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. Doors open 7 p.m.

WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City

ADMISSION: $14 for KVMR members, $16 for nonmembers. Tickets at Record Connection, BriarPatch, at the door or by calling the number below.


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