Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of America’s musical fabric. His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution, where their first 7 singles made the Top 10. This was unprecedented, and unthinkable at the height of Beatlemania. At first they’d taken older material from blues, country, folk and jug band sources – what we now term “roots music” – and made it sound modern. Then, in a series of original songs composed and sung by John Sebastian, they did the reverse, creating thoroughly modern music that sounded like it contained the entire history of American music. John’s induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 hasn’t slowed him down. Whether the stage is at Carnegie Hall or a folk festival in some far-flung locale, John is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music.