Peter Madcat Ruth and Shari Kane

"I travel around the country nearly twelve months out of the year finding the best blues acts to record live for BluesStage. Madcat & Kane is one of the hottest, most dynamic new groups I've seen in a long time."
   Anita Jacobs
   Producer, BluesStage
   National Public Radio

"Madcat & Kane's energetic performance was at the top of my list of highlights at the 1994 Pocono Blues Festival. Working together to perfection, they gained the attention of thousands of knowledgeable blues fans that ultimately ended in two standing ovations. Amazingly all this was done at 12:30 in the afternoon. These two professionals are a must for any venue large or small."
   Michael Cloeren,
   Director, Pocono Blues Festival

"...virtuoso playing and vibrant interpretations. Ruth still plays the harp with a fierceness and wild abandon that justifies his position as one of the harmonica greats; his sidekick Kane provides a solid rhythm while still getting in her electrifying solos."
   James Morman
   Dirty Linen

" class chops with a facility in a number of styles... ...a distinct breath of fresh air."
   Cub Koda
   CD Review

Peter Madcat Ruth and Shari Kane joined forces in 1990 to form the duo Madcat & Kane. Having been good friends since 1978, they knew they shared a love for blues that crossed the lines between electric and acoustic, delta and Chicago, jump blues, folk blues, and jazz.

Performance Magazine refers to Peter Madcat Ruth as "A harmonica virtuoso who is rapidly approaching legend status." Considered one of the the country's most versatile blues guitarists, Shari Kane can take an audience from her raw interpretations of Delta Blues to an up-town Chicago groove with style and ease.

In 1992 Madcat & Kane was voted one of six finalists in the Long Beach Blues Festival National Talent Search Contest. In December, 1992 they released their first CD, Key to the Highway, on the Schoolkids' Records label. The following year it was nominated for best blues album of the year by the Motor City Music Awards Foundation in Detroit, and named one of the "Ten Best Blues CDs of 1993" by WDCU-FM in Washington, DC, and the Baltimore Blues Society.

In 1994 and again in 1995 Madcat & Kane was featured on the National Public Radio program Blues Stage which was broadcast on over 200 radio stations nationwide.

Since 1990, Madcat & Kane has toured extensively throughout the United States. They have also performed in Brazil, Canada, Poland, Spain, and the Cayman Islands.

In 1999 Madcat & Kane released their second CD, Up Against The Wall, on the Hit Record label. It includes special guests Ann Rabson, Claudia Schmidt, and Kevin Maul. Both Madcat & Kane CDs continue to get radio play throughout the United States.


Shari Kane started playing guitar at the age of five. By the early 1970's she had become a devoted blues fan, and learned how to play fingerstyle blues on the acoustic guitar. When she was sixteen, she began teaching guitar. She continues to teach, offering workshops in many of the cities where Madcat & Kane perform.

Shari's many years spent studying the work of the Delta Blues masters can be heard nightly as she picks up her acoustic guitar. Throwing herself into a stinging Robert Johnson interpretation, a jumping Robert Junior Lockwood shuffle, or the intricate fingerstylings of Reverend Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt, Shari's mastery of the acoustic tradition is apparent.

More recently, Shari has become an avid fan of electric guitar, learning much from the old Chicago blues masters. An accomplished slide player, she appears on Rory Block's 1992 release, Ain't I A Woman. As a guitarist with considerable versatility, Shari is emerging as one of the country's finest Blueswomen.

"...slamming rhythms, biting slide...string-snapping and note-slurring tricks that set fire to guitar..."
   Blues Revue

"Shari Kane is an excellent guitarist. Next to Johnny Shines, she is the best interpreter of Robert Johnson's material that I have ever heard."
   Robert Jones
   Blues From The Lowlands
   WDET-FM, Detroit, MI

"You either can do the blues or you can't. Kane can. She has the background, the ability to whip her voice into a growl and play some, yes, kicking slide guitar."
   Jill Hamilton
   Ann Arbor News

"Shari Kane is the most dangerous fingerstyle blues guitarist north of the Yazoo."
   Scott Allman
   Capitol City Blues Cruise
   WJXQ-FM, Jackson / Lansing, MI


Madcat's music has been evolving for over 50 years. It started in the Chicago area in the early 1960's, with Madcat playing folk/blues on guitar and harmonica. By the late 60's he had immersed himself in the Chicago Blues and was studying harmonica with Big Walter Horton. In the early 70's Madcat moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was a key presence in two of Ann Arbor's finest progressive rock bands: New Heavenly Blue and Sky King. By the mid 70's Madcat was touring the world with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. In the 80's, Madcat went solo infusing the folk/blues tradition with elements of rock and jazz.

Madcat is now considered one of the best harmonica players on the planet. He has been an invited guest performer at many Harmonica Festivals held in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

In 1997, The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) named Peter Madcat Ruth the Harmonica Player of the Year.

Madcat's harmonica playing can be heard on over 100 CDs and LPs. His harmonica playing can also be heard on many TV and radio commercials including McDonalds, Dodge Trucks, GMC Trucks, Ford Trucks, and Ford Windstar.

"Madcat has got to be one of the greatest jazz soloists in terms of getting an audience. He's got that magical quality. It doesn't matter if he's playing a hoe-down kind of thing that evolves into a blues and pretty soon into jazz. Audiences here and overseas go with him all the way. He's into music without categories."    Dave Brubeck

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The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
Antone's - Austin, TX
Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival - Ann Arbor, MI
Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX
Eureka Springs Blues Festival - Eureka Springs, AR
Pocono Blues Festival - Lake Harmony, PA
Nescafe Blues Festival - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rawa Blues Festival - Katowice, Poland
Shoreline Park - Long Beach, CA
Summerfolk Festival - Owen Sound, Ontario
Buddy Guy's Legends - Chicago, IL
BB Kings - Memphis, TN
Manny's Carwash - New York, NY
Caffe Lena - Saratoga Springs, NY
The Town Crier - Pawling, NY
Godfrey Daniels - Bethlehem, PA
Wheatland Music Festival - Remus, MI
Cayman International Festival - Grand Cayman, BWI
Canal Street Tavern - Dayton, OH
Rockefeller's - Houston, TX
The Pumphouse - LaCrosse, WI
Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
The Disney Institute - Orlando, FL
Blind Willie's - Atlanta, GA

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