To Play Cleveland
For fifty years John McCutcheon has toured the world with the exception of the past year and a half. Without planes to catch, soundchecks to make, concert halls and clubs to fill, he stayed home and wrote – a lot. He composed Cabin Fever: Songs from the Quarantine, in a mere three weeks in 2020 but he didn’t stop there.
“When you’re in that zone, you never want to leave it. It’s exciting, fascinating, revealing. You’re not entirely in control and you’re just hanging on for the ride!” he muses.
And what a ride it’s been! Once McCutcheon hit one hundred new songs, he decided to step back and try to figure out what, exactly, to do with this bounty.
The result was the first of a series of new recordings, Bucket List, released on September 17th. Filled with his well-known storytelling prowess, McCutcheon explores a small town in France that has harbored refugees for centuries, the piano that first played “We Shall Overcome,” his own musical mentors, moonshine, kids’ crayon art, the atonement of a former white supremacist, and even the World Lacrosse Games. Rich with character and detail, each song is wrapped in his warm baritone and the loving attention that only a master songwriter brings to his craft. The 18 track album is the musician’s 42nd release.
It will be followed up with Leap! to be released in mid-2022, a further exploration of the songs composed recently. “Having too many songs is a nice problem to have,” he jokes. “I love these stories and wanted to share what I found therein. We simply recorded song after song, only dividing them up into different releases when we realized they all couldn’t fit on a single CD. So, there you go.”
John will be stopping at The First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, located in Shaker Heights on February 17. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by clicking here.