Cluck to perform at Java Jive

Denny Cluck will perform as part of the Java Jive series at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Rose Center.

A late bloomer to the music scene, local musician Denny Cluck will be bringing his eclectic styles to the Rose Center for part of its Java Jive series.

Cluck made his public performance debut at the Rose Center last February for the Rose Center’s Tennessee Songwriter Week: Pickers and Pros concert.

Cluck makes his home on the north end of Clinch Mountain where, besides playing music, he also makes arts and crafts.

He was born in Pennsylvania in Amish country. He is known for having a drum circle every Saturday night where friends come to play music together.

According to the Rose Center, it is almost impossible to define who his role models are for playing and singing. He loves all music. The one musician he does admit as an influence is Bruce Cockburn, a singer songwriter and environmentalist who opened for Jimi Hendrix and Cream.

He started playing at the age of 5 and is completely self-taught.

According to the Rose Center’s Web site, Cluck had put down the guitar for almost 11 months before deciding to participate in the songwriter’s concert. For two weeks, he wrote songs and ended up with enough material to be able to do the show.

The site states he then “caught the bug” for performing and has since wrote enough material to put on his own full-length show.

That show will be realized 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Rose Center. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. and the show is free to the public. Guests are invited to bring food and an adult beverage if they choose so.

The show is being supported by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation.