Cool artists I have known #2: John Voorhees

I’ve known John Voorhees more than 20 years now. The beard grows, shrinks, gets shaven off, and grows again, but John’s lyrical skills grow steadily longer, unshaven by the rusty razor of crass commercialism (or something). I think he’s gotten better as he’s aged; some of his most recent songs are just heartbreaking. He’s solidly in a Phil Ochs singer-songwriter tradition, often just him and a guitar, and when music’s that stripped down it’s got to mean something or you’ll know it right away. And on top of that, he’s just a great guy. For a few of his best songs, try “Fiesta Time,” “The Best War,” and “Undercover Maggie.”


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