Cliff Eberhardt

Cliff Eberhardt

Apr 25, 2013 |  0 comments
Date: Apr 25, 2013 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $15 in advance, $20 day of show Type: Singer/Songwriter/Folk

Currently Nominated for 2 Helen Hayes Awards!!!

Before he was even ten years old, singer/songwriter and guitarist Cliff Eberhardt knew the performing life was one he would embrace. Eberhardt grew up in a musical family, and despite growing up after the advent of television, he and his brothers and parents all sang together and played instruments. In his youth, he listened far and wide to a diverse array of artists, including but not limited to James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt. He also listened, thanks to his parents, to Great American Songbook songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers & Hart.

As a 15-year-old, Cliff and his brother Geoff began touring as an acoustic duo. At 21, Eberhardt moved to Carbondale, IL and found a supportive music scene that included Shawn Colvin. Cliff moved to New York City in 1978, and in the early ’80s he became part the Fast Folk Music Cooperative, playing clubs like Folk City, the Bitter End, Speakeasy, and Kenny’s Castaways in the company of John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Christine Lavin, Colvin, David Massengill, and Julie Gold.

Eberhardt often worked by day as taxi driver while pursuing solo gigs and studio work on the side, and accompanied Richie Havens and Melanie on tour. He also sang advertising jingles for Coke, Miller Beer, and Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” ad campaign, which gave him the luxury to devote more time his own songwriting efforts. Eberhardt was signed to Windham Hill which released The Long Road in 1990; the album featured a duet with Richie Havens and led Eberhardt to a national touring base. In the early ’90s, he released two albums on New Jersey-based Shanachie Records, Now You Are My Home, (1993) and Mona Lisa Cafe (1995) before signing with Red House Records in 1997, when the label issued his 12 Songs of Good and Evil.  Continuing with Red House Records, Eberhardt followed up with equally compelling albums of original folk and blues songs – Borders (1999), School for Love (2002),

A near-fatal auto accident later in 2002 sidelined Eberhardt’s career for a time, as his rehabilitation required two back surgeries and months of intensive physical therapy, but he was back on the scene in 2007 with The High Above and the Down Below. In 2009, he recorded 500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions for Red House. In the spring of 2012, Eberhardt was in residence in Washington, DC, performing his original music as the Blind Balladeer in the Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of The Taming of the Shrew. Eberhardt recorded those songs, as well as some of his classics performed in the show, on his latest, and all-acoustic, album, Shrew Songs.

Eberhardt is a gifted songwriter and performer of his contemporary folk, bluesy and romantic songs, delivering extremely strong live shows. His superb guitar playing, soulful singing, and engaging wit make for a “compelling, thought-filled, emotional roller coaster of a concert.”

visit his website: http://www.cliffeberhardt.net/

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