Craig Bickhardt featuring Michael G. Ronstadt, Beacoup Blue

Craig Bickhardt featuring Michael G. Ronstadt

Beacoup Blue

Fri, June 9, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $23.00

This event is all ages

Craig Bickhardt featuring Michael G. Ronstadt
Craig Bickhardt featuring Michael G. Ronstadt
Craig Bickhardt signed his first record contract with Albert Grossman (Dylan's manager, and owner of Bearsville Records) in 1974 at the age of 19. Since then he has recorded for four labels including Capital-Liberty Records, Warner Brothers Records, MTM Records and his own Stone Barn label.

As a performer Bickhardt has appeared on the Grand Ol' Opry, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Bluebird Cafe (where he was one of the original Writers-In-The-Round from 1986-1990), The Bitter End, The Main Point, The Hollywood Palomino and numerous other venues. He has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Hank Williams Jr., Leo Koettke, Kathy Mattea and Tim O'Brien among many others.

As a staff-songwriter for EMI and Universal music for 19 years, he generated a catalog of over 800 songs that were recorded by notables such as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Tony Rice, Jonathan Edwards, Kathy Mattea, Art Garfunkle, Trisha Yearwood, Poco, David Wilcox, Martina McBride and more than 100 artists worldwide. He is the composer of three number one Billboard hits, 9 top ten hits, as well as the recipient of several RIAA Platinum CDs. His voice and songs can also be heard in the Academy Award winning film "Tender Mercies" starring Robert Duval, as well as the films “Switchback” and “At Close Range”.

Craig currently tours extensively, captivating audiences with just his guitar, his songs, and his stories. He has also taught songwriting at various institutions such as the prestigious McNally Smith College of Music. The promoters of the Philadelphia Folk Festival had this to say about him: “Craig Bickhardt is one of the giants of performing songwriters. His show on this year’s main stage was outstanding and he helped curate some of our best panels.”


As a performer Bickhardt has appeared on the Grand Ol' Opry, Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, The Bluebird Cafe (where he was one of the original Writers-In-The-Round from 1986-1990), The Bitter End, The Main Point, The Hollywood Palomino and numerous other venues. He has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Hank Williams Jr., Leo Koettke, Kathy Mattea and Tim O'Brien among many others.CRAIG BICKHARDT: Craig's songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, BB King, Ray Charles, Tony Rice, Alison Krauss, David Wilcox, Martina McBride, Charlie Louvin, Janis Ian, Jonathan Edwards, Jimmy MacCarthy and about 100 others, but his live performances are the key. His many film and TV credits include writing and performing two songs in the Academy Award winning Robert Duval film, Tender Mercies.

Craig’s new CD, “The More I Wonder,” was released in May, and is being met with critical aclaim everywhere:
"Craig Bickhardt doesn't so much write songs as sculpt them. He creates them out of love and conscience, wisdom and whimsy, and they speak eloquently illuminating the human condition. And they leave me feeling better about the world. A wonderful singer and guitarist, The More I Wonder is perhaps his best album yet. Given how much I love what has come before this is not something I say lightly--especially as one known to toss compliments around like manhole covers." - Michael Tearson, SiriusXM Radio

“The More I Wonder is another sterling showcase for [Bickhardt’s] myriad talents...his fluid acoustic guitar, and its exquisite craftsmanship and feeling play beautifully against the smart and literary quality of his lyrics.” - Nick Cristiano, Philadelphia Inquirer

“ … songs like “Crazy Nightingale,” “The Restless Kind,” Stan,” and “Young Hearts, Wild Horses on the Wind” become profoundly intimate experiences, all bittersweet ballads that defy any possibility of maintaining a dry eye.”
– Lee Zimmerman, Elmore Magazine
Beacoup Blue
Beacoup Blue
Beaucoup Blue is the Philadelphia based father and son duo, David and Adrian Mowry. From blues to bluegrass, their soulful tradition and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative and authentic sound. They pretty much cover the full range of “Americana” quite uniquely in their song writing and how they choose to represent classic material. During their years together as a duo they have received numerous awards including “Grand Prize Winner of the Billboard Magazine World Song-Writing Contest,” and the “Grand Prize Winner of the Telluride Blues & Brews Acoustic Competition” as well as top 40 on AMA’s Americana, Roots, & Folk radio charts.

Touring nationally and internationally as a duo, they perform regionally with some of the areas top musicians. On string bass, jazz and classical stalwart, (Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus, Delaware Symphony), respectively, Bill Zinno. On one of the oldest coolest drum kits you’ll ever see, Jeff Sheard, studio and touring pro from Toronto Canada.

Three albums to their credit “Out of the Woodwork” 2003, “Hearts at Home” 2005, and “Free to Fall” 2009. All three albums produced by Grammy nominated Jim Salamone, display two soulful voices and slide guitar virtuosity. Combined with great musicianship from accompanying and guest artists encompasses a rich and honest feel, noticeably influenced by familial ties. Hear for yourself two generations coming together for the common good of great music everywhere.
Venue Information:
The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA, 19347
http://www.kennettflash.org