Larry Ahearn – (610) 574-6276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A two-lane highway can unfold like a book of stories as the miles flash by. Idlewheel’s music has the same sense of discovery to it – carried along by easy-flowing rhythms are flashes of personal revelation and homespun irony, speeding past you like an oddly familiar (or familiarly odd) small town.
Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud do it all with a wry nonchalance that belies their uncommon craftsmanship. These guys know the high road of country-rock better than most. Their credits are solid and sterling. Bickhardt was a member of renowned Nashville group SKB that enjoyed country radio success with hits that included Bickhardt and Schuyler’s “This Old House”. He has also penned songs for Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Martina McBride, and B. B. King, and wrote and sang the closing theme for Robert Duvall’s Academy Award winning film TENDER MERCIES. Sundrud cracked the charts with Great Plains (Sony Records) and now plays bass in the pioneering country- rock group Poco, whose 40-year roster reads like a who’s-who in the genre. His songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, The Judds, The Persuasions and others. Together Craig and Jack wrote Ty Herndon’s mega hit “It Must Be Love”.
But really, Idlewheel isn’t a spin-off of any of these projects. It’s more the product of afternoons spent swapping stories and woodshedding songs, of testing each other’s creative limits in defiance of Nashville’s prevailing conservatism.
The creative sparks that flew between Craig and Jack during their writing sessions glow brightly on their debut self-titled CD. The two of them have a knack for unreeling vignettes and painting miniatures within a pop song structure, displaying a keen eye for the telling lyric detail. Tunes like “Sweet Sadness” and “When I Tell You I Love You” have the acute veracity of life lived, not imagined for radio consumption. Their collective viewpoint is tempered with a sharp edge – “Mona Lisa’s Frown,” for one, is surely one of the great put-down songs of our era. They combine intimacy and grandeur in “I’d Move Heaven and Earth.” And with “Invisible Hope,” they achieve a moral subtlety worthy of Sherwood Anderson or Raymond Carver.
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“[Idlewheel] Jack and Craig know made a great impression on our audience Friday night. They gave us everything we asked for and more. We are so pleased that we could bring artists of their caliber to the Sapphire Room, and we hope to be able to do it again next year.”
Rich O’Hara, Idaho Songwriters Association
“Craig and Jack are a dynamite team. The music and the lyrics are wonderful. Great entertainers, we are looking forward to a return concert.”
(R. Berry) Robin’s Nest, Cody, WY
“Together, [Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud] are Idlewheel, and on Live at MorningStar, Stone Barn **** (out of 4), they exhibit a dazzling blend of chemistry and craft.” –
Nick Cristiano, Phila Inquirer
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