Eclectic songwriter and musician Peter Mulvey can be seen in concert at Crossings at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 1. Musician Josh Harty opens.

Having built a reputation as a brilliant technician, Mulvey has shared the stage with such artists as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani DiFranco and Indigo Girls.

His 15th record takes a vivid, open approach. At the heart of “The Good Stuff” is a sequence in which a bluesy take on the Ellington classic “Mood Indigo” is sandwiched between Tom Waits' obscure “Green Grass” and a charmingly haphazard rendition of Jolie Holland’ s “Old Fashioned Morphine.”

“I’d put those three artists in the same drawer in the big bureau of songwriters,” Mulvey said. “They’re from different eras and considered different animals - jazz composer, bohemian beat poet, Americana revivalist - but to my ear they’re the same, in that they’re always trying to write a timeless song.”

Having spent more than 20 years on the road, he performs songs from his own catalog and from a vast, varied and deep well of classic and obscure covers.

Harty opens the show with a blend of American music. Born and raised on the plains of North Dakota with a father who served his town as a preacher, police chief and his son’s music mentor, Harty continues a family tradition of playing guitar.

His live shows offer story telling combined with journeyman musicianship – as about as American as music gets, promoters said.

Tickets are $18 in advance, or $20 at the door. To reserve tickets, visit, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota.

If you go …

What: Peter Mulvey

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 1

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or