John Root
Musician • Educator

John Root"Only Yesterday" features a diverse repertoire of classics from the American songbook composed during the 1940's and 1950's. John sings seldom-heard verses as well as the more familiar choruses of these songs, accompanying himself at the keyboard with authentic period piano arrangements. The songs' lyrics offer insights about the customs and values of American popular culture at this time.

Program duration: one hour.


John’s rapport with the audience is excellent; his obvious enthusiasm for the songs from this era, combined with his musical knowledge and his fine singing voice make for a very well received program. I don’t know of any other musician who performs songs from the first half of the twentieth century in the style in which they deserve to be sung. John includes anecdotal history about the songs, invites audiences to sing along with familiar selections, and is happy to respond to questions from the audience.
spacer- Christopher Lindquist, Director, Wellesley Public Library

“John’s vast knowledge of musical history was extremely interesting. Our patrons were enthralled, and many stayed after the performance to share memories stimulated by his program.”
spacer- Kristina Worcester, Head of Information Services, J.V. Fletcher Library, Westford, MA

“Our members thoroughly enjoyed John's performance, and participated enthusiastically in the sing-alongs. His informative commentary gave valuable insights into the music and meanings of songs that are an important part of our culture. John obviously enjoys interacting with the audience as they share memories connected to these well-loved melodies.”
spacer- Jean Luddy, President, Vernon Historical Society, Vernon, CT



About John
(413) 961-9059