John Kruth is a singer/songwriter/bandleader/poet/multi-instrumentalist (playing mandolin, guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica and sitar) with ten solo albums to his credit. Kruth is also music educator, journalist and author of three musical biographies to date. To Live’s To Fly (DaCapo), his 2007 biography of Townes Van Zandt was the recipient of the prestigious Deems Taylor Award. John also leads the popular NYC based world music group TriBeCaStan. As a sideman Kruth has performed and collaborated with John Prine, Laurie Anderson, Violent Femmes, King Missile, Hal Willner, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Liz Swados, Sam Shepard and Ornette Coleman.