Cwcm Podcast

Ep 19 - Peter Madcat Ruth



On this special episode, we feature a Michigan music legend. Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn't just play blues harp: he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world. After studying harmonica and Chicago Blues with Big Walter Horton, Madcat moved to Ann Arbor. In the 70s he was touring the world with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. In the 80s, Madcat went solo infusing the folk/blues tradition with elements of rock and jazz. In the 90s, Madcat teamed up with guitarist/singer Shari Kane to form the duo Madcat & Kane. For twenty four years they toured nationally and internationally. He now plays in Triple Play with Chris Brubeck, Big Joe Manfra and the MadCat Midnight Blues Journey. He’s been featured at harmonica festivals in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, and he can be heard playing on over 130 albums. /// State of Wate