Peter 'Madcat' Ruth & Shari Kane With Steve Bergman At The Ark, January 10, 1993 Photographer: Benjamin Rusnak
Ann Arbor News, January 24, 1993
Peter 'Madcat' Ruth, right, and Shari Kane pose at the Ark with Steve Bergman, owner of Schoolkids Records' label. Schoolkids just released a CD for Ruth and Kane.
Peter "Madcat" Ruth, a world-class harmonica player who's lived and played in Ann Arbor for over 30 years, celebrated his 60th birthday last April. We had the privilege of talking with Madcat about his varied career, which included lessons from Chicago blues harmonica legend Big Walter Horton; touring with Dave Brubeck; inventing the Madcat harmonica microphone; and winning a Grammy for his solo performance in Songs of Innocence and Experience. Madcat also reminisces about playing the many lost music venues in Ann Arbor and treats us with his signature harmonica rendition of "Take Five".