Final Third Fret Show of The Season!
Saturday, October 19 – 7:30pm
Third Fret Coffee House
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org