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Coffeehouse show will feature songs of Mississippi John Hurt

Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 2:01 p.m. CDT
'Lost Jim'

PRINCETON — Singer/guitarist “Lost Jim” (Jim Ohlschmidt) will take to the Princeton Coffeehouse stage at the Open Prairie UCC in Princeton at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. In addition to his own original compositions, he is well known for performing the songs and honoring the legacy of famous blues musician, Mississippi John Hurt.

A veteran performer, Ohlschmidt has recorded seven solo CDs and four CDs of songs by Mississippi John Hurt. He recorded his first solo guitar album, “Behind the Eye,” in 1976. For the next few years, he was periodically a guest instrumentalist on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for decades, Ohlschmidt is a native of Sheboygan, Wis.

Since 2005, Ohlschmidt has been a regular performer and emcee at the annual summer music festival in Avalon, Miss., that honors Mississippi John Hurt and his music. Ohlschmidt’s latest album of Hurt’s music, “Satisfied: Lost Jim Plays & Sings Mississippi John Hurt, Vol. 4,” features duets with esteemed guitarist Stefan Grossman.

Ohlschmidt is a frequent free-lance contributor to national guitar magazines, especially “Acoustic Guitar” magazine. For many years, it featured Ohlschmidt’s writings on such major fingerstyle guitarists as Leo Kottke, Merle Travis, Charlie Byrd, Earl Klugh and Jerry Reed. His articles also appear in “Mister Guitar,” a magazine dedicated to the life and music of Chet Atkins.

In addition to recording and performing his own music, Ohlschmidt has made five CDs with singer/songwriter Mae Robertson, and plays electric guitar with the Star Devils, a traditional rockabilly trio from Cincinnati. He performs regularly at several venues in St. Paul. He also teaches fingerstyle guitar at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor in Richfield, Minn., and in the guitar program at Lakeland College in his hometown of Sheboygan.

The Princeton Coffeehouse is located at the Open Prairie UCC Church, 25 E. Marion St., in downtown Princeton. Admission is $12 at the door. The venue is completely accessible and there is ample free parking nearby. Doors open at 7 p.m. Fair trade coffee, tea and homemade desserts are available.

For further information on the Princeton Coffeehouse, which offers traditional and modern folk, blues and bluegrass music, monthly August through May, visit or call 815-872-6501.

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