Final Third Fret Show of The Season with Craig Bickhardt & Jon Vezner

Final Third Fret Show of The Season!
Saturday, October 19 – 7:30pm

Photo of Craig Bickhardt

Photo of Craig Bickhardt

Jon Vezner

Jon Vezner


Third Fret Coffee House
presents
Craig Bickhardt & Jon Vezner
Saturday, October 19 – 7:30pm
Third Fret Coffee House at Cotuit Center for the Arts
4402 Falmouth Road (Rt. 28), Cotuit, MA 02635
Tickets $20.000, $17.00 for members, available now at www.cotuitcenterforthearts.org
For information, call (508) 428-0633
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When Craig Bickhardt steps onto a concert stage, he comes equipped with his trusty acoustic guitar. He’s also accompanied by something invisible, yet ever-present: the stories of a lifetime, vividly translated into words and melody. “I start a lot of songs because I feel conflicted,” he explains. “The characters in the stories I sing aren’t heroic; they’re very ordinary. But they’re reaching for something beyond themselves, and I find nobility in that.” Some of those songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Alison Krauss, Jonathan Edwards, Martina McBride, Kathy Mattea and a host of others. He sang two of them himself in the Academy Award winning film TENDER MERCIES, starring Robert Duvall.

Craig’s engaging show combines a seasoned troubadour’s easy command of his art with a beginner’s passion to win over his next audience. He has found a legion of fans on the East Coast opening for Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins and the late Harry Chapin as well as playing club and concert dates on his own. You can hear echoes of such ‘60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his music. Added to this is his virtuosic guitar work, which weaves folk, blues, country and ragtime influences into a unique whole. As one of the original Writers In The Round at Nashville’s fabled Bluebird Café in 1986 Craig helped pioneer a format that has since become a nationally established tradition as well as a regular feature on the ABC Television hit TV show NASHVILLE. www.CraigBickhardt.com

Grammy Award winning songwriter, Nashville based, Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant, “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the-heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known in to universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.

Jon was honored with a Grammy for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters Association “Song of The Year” in 1990 for “Where’ve You Been,” the true story of Vezner’s grandparents, co-written with Don Henry and recorded by Kathy Mattea. It was also honored as “Song of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM). www.JonVezner.com

Don’t be mislead by their respective Country Music credentials ( Bickhardt has written 9 Top Ten Hits – 4 reached #1 ). They are best categorized as Contemporary Folk or Americana performing songwriters whose influences and collaborations run the entire spectrum of contemporary music.

For more information, photos and interview requests, please contact Larry Ahearn (610) 574-6276 or larrya@trespassmusic.org


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Jon Vezner Appearing at The Bull Run Thursday April 18

Poster Jon Vezner with Jeff Gilkinson~ opener Jane Fallon and special guest Nancy Beaudette at Bull Run

Poster Jon Vezner ~ opener Jane Fallon and special guest Nancy Beaudette at Bull Run

Who:JON VEZNER with Jeff Gilkinson ~ opener Jane Fallon and special guest Nancy Beaudette
Where: Bull Run
When: Thurs April 18
7:30 $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

How: Ticket Special Here or Tickets HERE Call for tickets 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190 Toll Free or email BryanSawyer@bullrunrestaurant.com

What: Songwriting Workshop with Jon Vezner hosted by Nancy Beaudette’s label “Moonlit Pond Records”
When: Wednesday April 18 7:30-10:30pm
How: Email Nancy at contact@moonlitpondrecords for reservations $20 for workshop or $15 if you also purchase a ticket to the concert at The Bull Run April 18

Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville based, Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters Association “Song of the Year” in 1990, for “Where’ve You Been”, the true story of Vezner’s grandparents, co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. “Where’ve You Been” was also honored as “Song of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM).

Jon’s current album “Catz of the Colosseum” was released by Trespass Music and has garnered airplay around the world and received high praise by reviewers, including contributor to No Depression John Apice. John Apice’s in-depth front page feature review of “Catz of the Colosseum” raves about the title cut saying “The opening witty title track is framed by Pat Bergeson’s melodic harmonicas, some finger popping, Pat Wictor‘s dobro all rooted cleverly in a jazz groove. K.C. Clifford offers some savvy female background vocals to accentuate just below the surface of guitars. A heavy bass and playful piano swerve together in and out of the traffic of this catchy melody.If it’s a marriage of country style vocals, front porch dobro and cool jazz – it works beyond anyone’s imagination. More of this kind of country music and no one can call country a music for hicks and not for cool cats. This is cool for any cat.”

Opener: Jane Fallon is an award winning singer/songwriter with a smooth, rich voice who writes intelligent, well-crafted songs of unusual intellectual depth, humor and musicality. With vocals that have been called “angelic” and “mesmerizing”, (Metronome Magazine) her original songs “combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual.” (Wildy’s World).

Special Guest: Award winning Canadian artist, Nancy Beaudette, who has co-written with Jon Vezner, continues to engage and delight audiences in North America at venues throughout the country. “It’s rare to find someone with the level of depth and sensitivity in their songwriting… Nancy stands out above the crowd.”Barbara Cloy

Visit Jon’s Website HERE
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Visit Jane Fallon Website HERE
Visit Nancy Beaudette Website HERE

Jon Vezner Appearing at Folk ‘N Great Music House Concerts April 13

Who: Double Bill ~ Jon Vezner AND Vickie Russell
Where: Folk ‘N Great Music House Concerts
When: Saturday, April 13 at 8pm
How: For tickets please visit Folk ‘N Great Music House Concerts HERE or send an email to Reserve@FolkNGreatMusic.org

Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville based, Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters Association “Song of the Year” in 1990, for “Where’ve You Been”, the true story of Vezner’s grandparents, co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. “Where’ve You Been” was also honored as “Song of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM).

Jon’s current album “Catz of the Colosseum” was released by Trespass Music and has garnered airplay around the world and received high praise by reviewers, including contributor to No Depression John Apice. John Apice’s in-depth front page feature review of “Catz of the Colosseum” raves about the title cut saying “The opening witty title track is framed by Pat Bergeson’s melodic harmonicas, some finger popping, Pat Wictor‘s dobro all rooted cleverly in a jazz groove. K.C. Clifford offers some savvy female background vocals to accentuate just below the surface of guitars. A heavy bass and playful piano swerve together in and out of the traffic of this catchy melody.If it’s a marriage of country style vocals, front porch dobro and cool jazz – it works beyond anyone’s imagination. More of this kind of country music and no one can call country a music for hicks and not for cool cats. This is cool for any cat.”

Folk ‘N Great Music House Concerts is located in Rockville, Maryland “where you can enjoy talented musicians in an intimate, unamplified, smoke-free listening room. Folk ‘N Great Music is now at a new Rockville venue, where you can enjoy both local and nationally known folk and acoustic artists, several nearly every month. 100% of the suggested per person minimum donation goes directly to the performers. Folk ‘N Great Music is proud to have been the very first unionized house concert series in the country with a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Local 1000′s American Federation of Musicians.”
This is Folk ‘N Great Music House Concerts 11th year of presenting live music to friends, colleagues, and neighbors.

For tickets please visit Folk ‘N Great Music HERE or send an email to Reserve@FolkNGreatMusic.org **Please include names, phone numbers, and email of guests. The suggested contribution for this show will be $20 per person, although the very best seats are reserved for those who choose to pay $25. As always, 100% of the funds will go directly to performers. Directions to the new venue and other details will be sent a few days before the show.

Here’s what house concert audiences are saying about Jon Vezner ~ “Thank you for hosting a magical house concert with opening act Tim Hildebrandt, then Jon Vesner and Jeff Gilkinson. Jon, the world class Grammy winning songsmith, was accompanied so wonderfully by Jeff, who is simply masterful on his cello. Their banter and stories wove right in with the songs…” (Mark) “Wonderful house concert last night. My soul was renewed with wonderful music.” (Esther) “Great Concert..What a multi-talented duo!” (Agnes)”

For tickets to the April 13 showing featuring JON VEZNER and VICKIE RUSSELL visit Folk ‘N Great Music HERE

Visit Jon’s Website HERE
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Jon Vezner’s “Catz of the Colosseum” Front and Center Feature Review by Jon Apice ~ No Depression Contributor

Jon Vezner’s new CD “Catz of the Colosseum” has received a stellar review from contributing No Depression writer John Apice.

The review is front and center of No Depression’s home page. Of the album Apice states “Jon Vezner – has a fine solo collection. Vezner, Kathy Mattea’s husband, has been writing sensitive songs for years and has a wealth of artists who depend on his reliable and dependable talent. As good as “Where’ve You Been,” was in 1989 – it was just the tip of the iceberg. Catz of the Colosseum is Jon’s newest solo CD and it’s a surprising mix.”

Apice goes on to say, “This is the kind of song that when back-up singer, the great Janis Ian mirrors Jon’s vocals as it does on “Old Birnam Oak” — any type of blues or anxiety a listener may have will just drift away like smoke.” And of the song “I’ve Got an App For That” John states, “I think it takes talent with a little bravery to write some great tunes and then share it with the world. But, to write something jaunty, humorous and straddling the fence of a novelty song – that’s courageous.”

John Apice‘s review is top notch and deserving of a good read. You can read the entire review on No Depression HERE and HERE on John Apice‘s personal page

Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville based, Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs, topped by the poignant “Where’ve You Been,” reflects his straight-to-the heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters AssociationSong of the Year” in 1990, for “Where’ve You Been”, the true story of Vezner’s grandparents, co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. “Where’ve You Been” was also honored as “Song of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM).

Born in Minnesota, Jon Vezner began his musical career as lead singer and bassist in high school, going on to earn a B.A. degree in music education and music theory at Minnesota Southwest State University in the mid 70′s. Vezner’s preparation as a music educator was well earned, but songwriting was and remains his main interest, the next logical step in his career led him to Nashville in the 80′s.
Vezner attended his first Nashville Songwriter Association (NSAI) Spring Symposium, an intensive songwriting workshop in 1983. By 1984, Vezner began working with Ree Guyer of Wrensong Music, a music publishing company with offices in Minnesota and Nashville. Mel McDaniel and Dave and Sugar were the first to record his songs.

Jon’s catalogue of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by the greats in the business as varied as the songs themselves; artists such as Martina McBride, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Faith Hill, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller. Other co-penned songs recorded by Kathy Mattea include “A Few Good Things Remain,” “Time Passes By,” “Whole Lotta Holes,” “Slow Boat,” “Who’s Gonna Know,” “All Roads to the River,” “The Innocent Years,” “Calling My Name,” “Trust Me,” and most recently the touching ballad “Ashes in the Wind.” Singles written by Vezner include “If I Didn’t Love You” by Steve Warriner, “Has Anybody Seen Amy” by John and Audrey Wiggins, “Then What” by Clay Walker, and “You’re Gone” by Diamond Rio.
Graduating with a B.A degree has also led to another labor of love, producing CD projects and earning a growing list of production credits with artists such as Danny O’Keefe, Victoria Shaw, and singing legend Patti Page.

Visit Jon Vezner HERE
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Trespass Music Heads to Canada for Folk Alliance International

For the first time, Trespass Music will attend the Folk Alliance International conference, being held in Toronto, Ontario Canada from February 20-24 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel. Trespass Music founder Tracey Delfino, will moderate the panel Social Media In The Folk World on Friday, February 22 at 11 am in the Mountbatten (B) room. Trespass Music Director of Marketing and PR Michelle Fortier, is excited to attend and volunteer her time at the conference in her home country, and Trespass clients, Matt Borrello, Jon Vezner, Linda McRae, Bethel Steele and Bob Bradshaw will attend.

Here’s a look at the Trespass Music Schedule for FAI

TRACEY DELFINO
Friday February 22 11am
Social Media In the Folk World (Mountbatten B)
Social Media is fast paced and ever changing. It can be an
overwhelming task trying to keep up with how and what you
should be doing to best enhance your career. This workshop
will discuss the undeniably important role that social media
plays in the Folk World today. Panelists will cover a variety of
different social media outlets and give you pointers on how to
use them most effectively and time efficiently. Musicians,
DJ’s and Venue promoters will all benefit from this workshop
as we talk about creating a buzz, building an audience and
spreading the word.

Tracey Delfino, Trespass Music (M)
Chris Robley, CD Baby
Molly King, CD Baby
Madalyn Skylar, GoGirlsMusic.com
Dave Dufresne, Bandzoogle
Martin Folkman, Music Resource Group

MATT BORRELLO
Thursday 2-2:30 am Philadelphia Love, RM 1066 ITR Matt Borrello Xenia Sky
Friday 10:30 pm FIRST TIMERS ROOM RM 2013 Matt Borrello
Friday 1:30 am Access Film RM 1159 (in the round with Matt Borrello, Linda McRae & Chana Rothman)

LINDA MCRAE
Wednesday 8:00pm Seymour Rm – PERFORMANCE ALLEY OFFICIAL SHOWCASE

Wednesday 10:45pm Rm 1060 Bill & Kate Isles (round with Betty Soo/Doug Cox)
Thursday 12:50am Rm 1267 Mike Seeger Room (Linda solo)
Friday 1:30am Rm 1159 Access Film (round Matt Borrello & Chana Rothman)
Saturday 10:30am Scott Room Making A Difference (Panel)
Saturday 1:30pm Windsor Room Porchboard (Workshop)

Saturday 12:20am Rm 1060 Bill & Kate Isles (Linda solo)
Saturday 2:00am Rm 1067 La La Land (round with Christa Couture, Lindsay May, Awna Teixeira)

JON VEZNER
Wednesday 7:30pm-8:15 pm Musicians United, Carlyle Room
Thursday, 8:00pm Performance Alley OFFICAL SHOWCASE Carlyle Room
Thursday 10:30pm-11:00pm RM 1168 Access Film Music
Thursday 12:00am -1:00am RM 1073 Musical Chairs
Friday 11:00am WORKSHOP PANEL Songwriting w/Rich Warren, Scott Room
Friday 11:40pm-12:00pm RM 1068 The Sound Shelter/Indie Squared Ent.
Friday 12:30am-1:00am RM 1274 Musicians United
Saturday 2:30pm RM 1272 The Nadas Present
Saturday 11:40pm-12:00am RM 1068 Indie Squared
Saturday 12:45am-1:15am RM 1275 LilFest
Saturday 1:30am-2:00 am RM 1270 Rusty Car Music

Bethel Steele
Wednesday 1:00am-1:15am RM 1068 The Sound Shelter/Indie Squared Entertainment Showcase (solo)
Thursday 11:00pm-11:15pm RM 1068 The Sound Shelter/Indie Squared Entertainment Showcase (solo)
Thursday 1:30am-2:00am RM 1075 NERFA Showcase (ITR w/ Jeremiah Birnbaum and Marci Geller)
Friday 10:30pm-10:55pm RM 1027 Cambridge Lounge (solo)
Friday 12:00am-12:30am RM 1159 Access Film Music (Blue) (ITR w/ Addie Brownlee and Jesse Terry)
Saturday 12:50am-1:10am RM 1258 Moors and McCumber Present (solo)
Saturday 1:30am-2:00am RM 1159 Access Film Music (Blue) (ITR w/ Emily White and Leela Grace)

Bob Bradshaw
Thursday 1:00AM RM 1272 The Nadas present Showcase
Saturday 2:20PM RM 1059 Access Film Music Showcase
Saturday 3:00PM RM 1159 Access Film Music Showcase (in-the-round)
Saturday 1:00AM RM 1263 Kin Music Showcase

Michelle Fortier
I’ll be volunteering my time throughout the conference wherever and whenever needed. So please say hello, let’s hug and enjoy the experience, the education, the music and most of all the community! So excited to welcome many of you to Folk Alliance in my home country EH!

About Folk Alliance ~ Since 1989, Folk Alliance® has served as the headquarters for Folk Music and Dance. With over 2800 members worldwide and an annual conference that is one of the five largest music conferences in North America, Folk Alliance continues to grow and mature while providing a unique range of member services to our community.

Over the years, our community has grown to include record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, manufacturers and artists that work in the folk world. Folk Alliance has five regional affiliates that provide the grass roots efforts in their respective markets.

MISSION STATEMENT
Folk Alliance International exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts. The Folk Alliance seeks to strengthen and advance organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy, and professional and field development.