JOHN SEBASTIAN & ARLEN ROTH ‘Explore the Spoonful Songbook’


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Singer and multi-instrumentalist John Sebastian knows a thing or two about being the person in charge (as the frontman and main songwriter for The Lovin’ Spoonful) and being a hired gun (doing sessions for The Doors, The Everly Brothers, NRBQ and many others). Roth, the guitar maestro best known for his studio and touring work with such artists as Simon & Garfunkel and John Prine, and a big fan of the group, reached out to Sebastian in 2019.

THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL had their first seven singles reach the top-ten at the height of Beatlemania, including “Summer in the City” and “Do You Believe in Magic,” Lovin’ Spoonful left a mark on the ’60s, capped off by Sebastian’s impromptu performance at Woodstock in August 1969. The genesis of the project for John Sebastian and Arlen Roth was all Arlen’s idea.   Sebastian had never considered doing re-recordings of his Spoonful classics until Roth approached him, but Roth’s deep artistry and exceptional knowledge and love of the guitar style of Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky changed his mind. Sebastian added his spin on the songs and brought in special guests: the MonaLisa Twins, Lexie Roth, Maria Muldaur, Geoff Muldaur, et al.