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King University News :: John McCutcheon to Perform at Kingsport Center for Higher Education Nov. 2

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Artist John McCutcheon will fill the Kingsport Center for Higher Education auditorium with sounds of Appalachia as he performs on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.  The event is part of the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute’s 2013-14 lecture series.  The concert is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier. 

“John McCutcheon is the consummate entertainer,” says Craig McDonald, professor of English for King University.  “His concerts feel less like performances and more like sitting on your front porch with a friend—and a wise friend at that. He leaves few of our experiences untouched and during an evening leads us—thoughtfully, gently, humorously—through moments of joy in companionship and family, grief over loss and injustice, but above all gratitude and hope.”

A Wisconsin native, McCutcheon is well known as a folk singer, songwriter, storyteller, activist, and multi-instrumentalist.  After graduating summa cum laude from Minnesota’s St. John’s University, he headed for Appalachia to spend time learning his craft from legendary figures of Appalachian folk music.  The late Johnny Cash once called McCutcheon, “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”

In May 2013, McCutcheon performed at this year’s second annual BuechnerFest held at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, N.C.  Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute at King University said of McCutcheon’s performance, “His musical skills are surpassed only by his storytelling skills.  He is a real entertainer.”

During his career, McCutcheon has produced 34 albums and received seven Grammy nominations. He has spent most of his life studying the folk music and culture of Appalachia and is regarded as a master performer on the hammered dulcimer. He also plays numerous other instruments including guitar, banjo, autoharp, fiddle, and jawharp and is a popular storyteller, sometimes compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.

John McCutcheon will give a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.  Tickets are $10 at the door; advance tickets may be purchased by contacting Michelle Fagan, assistant for the King’s Peeke School for Christian Mission, at 423.652.4157.  For additional information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit


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