The Woodshed Podcast Number 08 featuring Art Grossman
Art Grossman has been playing guitar since about 1960, and in the late 60’s, started performing at the Sword in the Stone Coffeehouse on Charles Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Over the years he has played in many other local venues.
Growing up in the late 50’s and 60’s, Art was greatly influenced by the folk music revolution. He was attracted to the simplicity of these performers using only their voices and acoustic guitars to tell their collective stories through their songs. Among his favorites are Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver and Tom Paxton. He also admired artists of the 50’s like the Everly Brothers and the Kingston trio as well as lesser known local talents such as Bill Staines and David Mallett.
He very much enjoys performing the easy listening, recognizable music of his favorite artists in small venues and likes to engage the audience by encouraging them to join in and sing along, as long as the song they are singing is the same one he is playing!
About three years ago, Art started the North Reading Community Coffeehouse and Open mic in North Reading, Massachusetts. It is a wonderful venue for performers who get to entertain a very appreciative audience. The Coffeehouse runs throughout the year usually on the third Saturday of the month. And in October, 2018, in conjunction with the Coffeehouse, we introduced our Performing Artist Series where professional acts are brought in to perform. Anyone who would like to learn more about the Coffeehouse and/or the Performing Artist Series can contact Art at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com.