John Hasbrouck

John Hasbrouck


John Hasbrouck is a nationally-recognized fingerstyle and bottleneck guitarist whose debut cd, ICE CREAM, was one of Acoustic Guitar magazine's TOP CDS OF 2002. His solo acoustic 6- and 12-string guitar playing and vocals dive deep into American Roots Music.


John Hasbrouck burst onto the national acoustic music scene with the release of his critically-acclaimed debut cd, ICE CREAM (2002) - cited by Acoustic Guitar as one of the Top CDs of 2002. His second release, SOME THESE DAYS (2004), is a deep meditation on American Roots Music. It demonstrates Hasbrouck's firm grasp on the rich musical heritage that has shaped his art over three decades of music-making.

Hasbrouck has produced a follow-up to ICE CREAM that is rootsy and dense. SOME THESE DAYS is a many-sided collection of vocal tracks and instrumentals, originals and covers. The originals are sometimes moody, sometimes playful, often emotionally complex, and always daring. And as listeners of ICE CREAM know, Hasbrouck's interpretations of songs with traditional roots are about as far out as you can get.

Like his debut, SOME THESE DAYS showcases Hasbrouck's mastery of bottleneck and fingerstyle playing on a variety of six- and twelve-string flattop and resonator guitars. Several originals together form a tribute to the great Delta songster Charley Patton. The disk also features a deconstruction of classic country ("Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow"), some contemporary powerhouse fingerpicking ("Back Into Days" and "Hubbard's Cave") a 12th-century English murder ballad ("Henry Lee," referred to by Hasbrouck as his "medieval bottleneck piece") and a postmodern interpretation of Appalachian mountain music ("False Hearted Lover's Blues").


Ice Cream (2002); Some These Days (2004)

Set List

John Hasbrouck's sets are anywhere from 20 minutes to three hours long, and feature an eclectic mix of original bottleneck instrumentals, movie music arranged for solo guitar, uptempo ragtime vocal tunes, and traditional folk with a contemporary edge. He is also an experienced teacher (on staff at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music) and can provide group instruction and workshops depending on the nature of your event.