JOHN McCUTCHEON, “22 Days,” Appalsongs. 13 tracks.

This isn’t bluegrass. It’s folk music.

But a couple of bluegrass musicans — Tim O’Brien on fiddle and mandolin and Stuart Duncan on fiddle — are featured.

And a few of the songs could be called “bluegrassish.”

John McCutheon has produced 36 albums in the past 40 years.

All but two of the songs on “22 Days” were written in a 22-day period last year.

But the title also pays homage to Vedran Smailovic, “the cellist of Sarajevo,” who played his cello for 22 consecutive days at the site where 22 people were killed in a mortar attack on a bakery during the Balkan War in 1992.

McCutheon wrote an instrumental — “Adagio in AM” — in honor of Smailovic.

“Forgotten” is about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was targeted by the Taliban for her support of education for girls.

“Fitzgerald” tells about a Georgia town where Union and Confederate veterans worked side by side to rebuild the economy. And then marched side by side in their old uniforms on Thanksgiving.

“Of An Age” finds McCutcheon celebrating life in his 60s where “each day is a gift.”

“Heaven’s Kitchen,” of the grassier songs, celebrates heaven as a place filled with fiddle music and Southern cooking.

“Tonight,” another grassish song, finds a former miner about to blow up a mountain to protest mountain top removal.

“Dry Land Fish,” described as a “hillbilly sea shanty,” is an a capella song about hunting for mushrooms.

Good album Good songs.

Even if it’s not bluegrass, it’s worth checking out.

Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.folkmusic.com/store/john-mccutcheon-recordings.

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