John Duggleby, an award-winning author of 10 books and hundreds of magazine articles, made his professional performing debut at age five at the Sunset Supper Club in Muscatine, Iowa, singing, “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby” after the piano man bribed him with a nickel. After a hootenanny fling in a “baby Kingston Trio,” he grew up as a percussionist playing everything from orchestra tympani to garage band rock and roll. As an adult he learned guitar as a more benign living room alternative.
Over the years he has labored in several underappreciated folk, 60s rock, Cajun, bluegrass and world music ensembles, but his main gig these days is playing over 100 one-man shows a year at venues ranging from coffeehouses to senior centers to festivals. Now based in the Madison, Wisconsin area, he hosts a monthly Songwriter Showcase at a local coffeehouse. His first-ever album of original material, Better Late Than Never, was released in 2014.