Author and Grammy-nominated author Daniel Wolff and singer/songwriter Chris Buhalis will present a one-hour talk and musical exploration of Wolff’s award-winning book “Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913” from 5-6 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Aberrant Ales, 219 W. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell.
The book braids together biographies of Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie with a labor strike in northern Michigan to create an alternative history of 20th century America. The program will range from turn-of-the-century politics through the Great Depression and the ’60s Civil Rights movement to today. A question-and-answer period will follow.
The book has been called an “elegantly written and insightful cultural history” by The New York Times and is one of this year’s Michigan Notable Books. As well as other non-fiction books ranging from a biography of singer Sam Cooke to a documentary look at New Orleans’ recovery post-Katrina, Wolff has published three volumes of poetry, helped produce documentary films with the Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme, and collaborated with a number of contemporary songwriters. Winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, his work has been featured on National Public Radio, Sirius Radio and in publications from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Chris Buhalis, nominated for Detroit Music Awards’ “Best Singer,” has released two critically praised albums: “Kenai Dreams” in 1998 and 2016’s “Big Car Town.” Legendary music critic Dave Marsh hailed Buhalis as “a young man with the wisdom of an old soul,” and the Detroit Metro Times called “Kenai Dreams” “a wonder of blood and bone, spirit and earth.”
Buhalis has appeared at numerous music festivals and folk venues across the country and, over the past 25 years, has performed with artists from Townes Van Zandt to Ray Wylie Hubbard to Dave Van Ronk and Odetta.