Singer, Songwriter, Composer and Author

With twelve solo albums to his credit John Kruth is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/composer who plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, flute, harmonica and sitar. John currently leads the six-piece New York based chamber/rock ensemble The Folklorkestra.

As a sideman John has played with Allen Ginsberg, Laurie Anderson, Ornette Coleman, Iron and Wine, Sam Shepard, Violent Femmes, John Prine, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Hal Willner, The Blues Project, King Missile, Meat Puppets, Elizabeth Swados, Jim Belushi, Steve Buscemi, Eric von Schmidt, Stan Ridgeway, and The Monks of Doom.

John has appeared on recordings by James “Blood Ulmer,” Sex Mob, Lambchop, Die Kreuzen, Victor Krummenacher, Brian Ritchie, and The Mercy Seat

Kruth is also the author of three musical biographies to date including Bright Moments – The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2000 - Welcome Rain), To Live’s To Fly – The Ballad of the Late, Great Townes Van Zandt (recipient of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award - 2007 – DaCapo Press), and Rhapsody in Black – The Life & Music of Roy Orbison (2013 – BackBeat Books). Other books include: This Bird Has Flown – The Enduring Beauty of Rubber Soul 50 Years On – published November 2015 by BackBeat Books. A Friend of the Devil – the Glorification of the Outlaw in Song from Robin Hood to Rap (September 2017, BackBeat Books), Hold On World: The Lasting Impact of John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono (April, 2021, BackBeat Books) and most recently Lunacy: The Curious Phenomenon of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon 50 Years On – (March 1, 2023 BackBeat Books)

As a music journalist Kruth’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wire (UK), No Depression, WaxPoetics, PleaseKillMe.Com, Folk Roots (UK),SingOut!, Rave (India) and So Jazz (Switzerland).

 John taught the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, History of Jazz and Introduction to World Music as an Adjunct Professor of Music at Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York, from 2005-2017.