Susan Gibson – Craig Bickhardt opens

Jul 26, 2010 |  0 comments
Date: Jul 26, 2010 Time: 
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In 1990 Susan Gibson went to college; it was there she found her love of trees and open mics. When pressure grew to pick one or the other, she moved to Amarillo to join forces with the Groobees, a choice that produced 3 albums, 5 sets of hard feelings, and one shoulder tattoo. During that time, esteemed producer Lloyd Maines, in an effort to get his daughter out of the house, sent Natalie Maines and the Gibson penned “Wide Open Spaces” to the Dixie Chicks. The rest is political and socioeconomic history. Recently, after being asked enough about it for the past decade, Gibson had to look up just what exactly the Dixie Chicks did win at the Grammy’s in 1999. Google affirmed that she did indeed write the title track to a Grammy award-winning album. In 2002, the promising solo album debut of Chin Up went horribly awry after an unfortunate typo coupled with a proofreader afflicted with glaucoma ended in Gibson mistakenly offering a “free bonus truck” with each purchase instead of a “free bonus track.” Regardless, the album was met with acclaim from fans, critics, and members of the United Auto Workers alike.

Craig Bickhardt is not merely a tunesmith capitalizing on his thoroughbred discography. The Native Pennsylvanian’s big break came in 1982 when he was chosen to write and sing two songs for Robert Duvall‘s Academy Award winning film “Tender Mercies”. In the wake of that film’s success, Bickhardt made his move to Nashville where his songs found their way onto platinum and Grammy winning CDs by legends such as Ray Charles, B. B. King, Martina McBride, The Judds, and Dianne Schuur. Along with his friends and collaborators Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch and Don Schlitz, Bickhardt was one of the original Writers In The Round at The Bluebird Café. He went on to have three hits as an artist when he joined Schuyler and Knobloch to make their SKB CD No Easy Horses for MTM Records, which yielded his chart topper “Givers And Takers”. In 2006 Bickhardt made the bold move to leave Nashville and return to the concert stage and to his roots in eastern Pennsylvania.
“(Bickhardt) has the knack of saying a great deal in a few words…fine stuff from a man who is not a newcomer at music or life!”
– Michael Devlin, Music Matters.
“…warm country-folk, couched in spacious, mellow and companionable settings…”  – NetRhythms UK

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Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show

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