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Craig Bickhardt

Craig Bickhardt

Folk / Acoustic / Americana Media, PA  US
Go Round (From "The More I Wonder" CD)
Go Round (From "The More I Wonder" CD)
Woman Of The Mist (from "The More I Wonder" CD)
Woman Of The Mist (from "The More I Wonder" CD)
Men and Rivers
Men and Rivers
Crazy Nightingale (from "Live At Sellersville Theater")
Crazy Nightingale (from "Live At Sellersville Theater")
The Real Game (from "Live At Sellersville Theater")
The Real Game (from "Live At Sellersville Theater")

Videos

Crazy Nightingale - Craig Bickhardt Live At Sellersville Theater.wmv

Shows

  • Wed

    May 6

    Chelsea, MI, US | 7:00pm

    On the Tracks Songwriter Showcase presents Craig Bickhardt on Tuesday May 6, 2015 starting at 7PM. The show is at the Chelsea Depot in Chelsea, Michigan. Chelsea Depot 125 Jackson Street Chelsea, MI 48118 http://onthetrackschelsea.com

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  • Thu

    May 7

    East Lansing, MI, US | 6:30pm

    ON THE ROAD AND IN THE ROUND www.craigbickhardt.com http://www.donhenry.com/ http://www.nathanbellmusic.com/ Craig Bickhardt’s eloquent, often bittersweet songs have become his trademark, and earned him seven #1 hits when recorded by BB King, Ray Charles, The Judds, & others. Grammy winner Don Henry's songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert, & Blake Shelton. The wit and wisdom of Don's songs are widely renowned. Nathan Bell writes of love, families, war, & simple joys. But he comes at it from fresh, bold angles that blow the dust from songwriting conventions. CRAIG BICKHARDT: When Craig Bickhardt steps onto a concert stage, he comes equipped with his trusty acoustic guitar. A side musician or two will frequently join him. He’s also accompanied by something invisible, yet ever-present: the stories of a lifetime, vividly translated into words and melody. From the boisterous club scene of Philadelphia to the country-rock milieu of Los Angeles to the picking parlors of Nashville, Craig has immersed himself in the sights and sounds of American music. His music reflects a life lived as a rock band lead singer, a solo troubadour, a dedicated songwriter, a husband and father. Dreams, heartaches and hard-earned lessons have fed his creativity. There is no other way he could’ve written the eloquent, often bittersweet songs that have become his trademark. “I start a lot of songs because I feel conflicted,” he explains. “I may begin from a point of darkness, but I usually end up writing towards the light because, for me, hope is the thing worth singing about. 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.” Craig is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such ‘60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Added to this is the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach. “I admire songwriters like Woody Guthrie and poets like Robert Frost because they created functional art,” he says. “Too much music today is just for the singer, not for Everyman. I think of my work as a ‘Please Touch’ museum – I want my songs to be sung until they’re worn out.” Also crucial to Craig’s art is his virtuosic guitar work, interweaving folk, blues, country and ragtime influences into a unique whole: “The guitar isn’t just an accompanying instrument for me – sometimes it’s the front man and my voice is the accompanist.” "[Bickhardt] can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best, and therein we see why so many flock to his work" - Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange “Craig Bickhardt stands among the giants of songwriting.” - Philadelphia Folk Festival promoter Jesse Lundy "What I need in order to begin a good song is some irritant, some experience or feeling that gets lodged inside of me until I can't be rid of it any other way. We need great patience to write great songs. We must trust to the currents and wait for the event that places in us the seed of a genuine pearl." "Fulfillment is all about taking the path that leads you on this journey truthfully, because that’s how we find whatever success we’re destined to find. All we can do is try to stay passionate, honest, and determined while overcoming the resistance. All we can do is get in the right place and wait for the right time to find us." "Writers dwell in a world of living memories. We have the curse of sensual recall. Sights, sounds and smells produce feelings that accompany memories and we are at the mercy of them. We don't want it to be otherwise. We love the bittersweet associations of the past and present because that creates the emotional state necessary to write." "If there are any rules to the craft, we learn them in order to master the art of breaking them. We break them in order to find the beauty and originality that lies beyond them. In essence, rules are for beginners, but art is never merely willful ignorance or abandonment of craft. It builds on the foundation of craft and makes castles of the imagination above it. - Craig Bickhardt (from "The Song Emerging") DON HENRY: Grammy Award winner Don Henry's songs have been recorded by legends like: Ray Charles, Patti Page and Conway Twitty. By country crooners like: Gene Watson, John Conlee and B.J. Thomas. By young hit makers of today like: Blake Shelton, Lonestar and Jimmy Wayne …and the list goes on. And he’s shared the stage with perfomers as diverse as Joey Ramone to Keith Urban. The wit and wisdom of Don's songs are widely renowned whether it's campfire favorites, the hilarious "B.F.D." and biker lullaby "Harley", to the wonderfully poignant tribute to Martin Luther King "Beautiful Fool", and of course his Grammy Award winning country classic "Where've You Been". In addition to a Grammy, Kathy Mattea's version of "Where've You Been" won Don (and co-writer Jon Vezner) song of the year honors from ACM (Academy of Country Music), CMA (Country Music Association) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International). "Where've You Been" was the first song in country music history to be awarded all four honors in the same year! “Henry comes across as a first cousin to Randy Newman, writing hot-wired songs about born-again whores, interfaith marriages, and the homeless taking over the White House. This is funny and thought provoking stuff, all of it good”..................Entertainment Weekly “Henry serves up right-brain whimsy on par with WHITE ALBUM era McCartney, John Sebastian, and John Prine……..Don Henry's songs are little movies that are every bit as funny and moving as something like "RAISING ARIZONA."..............BAM Magazine “Don Henry may be the next Randy Newman, a piercingly insightful songwriter who uses irony like a scalpel. From musings on the cult of leadership to bittersweet love songs and sheer whimsy, Henry is a winner on every track."……....L.A. Reader NATHAN BELL: Nathan Bell – The Realist American Songwriter. Nathan writes of love, families, war, difficult internal struggles & simple joys. He even writes about muscle cars, factory towns & legendary country music stars. But he comes at it from fresh, bold angles that blow the dust from songwriting conventions. As the son of Marvin Bell, first Poet Laureate of Iowa, Nathan has language in his bloodlines. Nathan performs literate and literary songwriting supported by a solid grounding in guitar-based American music forms (country, blues, soul, and rock). Nathan was Alt-country and Americana long before these terms were coined. Somewhere beyond the blurry horizon line, beyond the stark light of Springsteen’s Nebraska and Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, Nathan Bell started walking. Not literally. Not metaphorically. No, in songs. Nathan Bell has the voice of an old soul. The tone and textures of a been there/done that attitude work well in the songs, which have the sound of hard work and tough lives. Nathan Bell is known for his straightforward yet poetic lyrics, supported by master guitar playing. Acoustic Guitar Magazine compared his style to the “gruff troubadour lilt of Kris Kristofferson.” Sing Out! Magazine called his music “Powerful stuff…bleak, yet oddly comforting.” Bell’s records have been played on nationally syndicated stations such as NPR’s ‘Midnight Special’ and have topped folk/roots charts in the US and in Europe. Nathan has been awarded an Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International in Feb, 2015, has multiple appearance planned at not-SxSW, and will tour The Netherlands in Dec, 2015. Nathan's latest release, Blood Like A River, debuted the first week of January, 2014, and charted: • #9 album debut, including the #13 song ('Names'), with Nathan Bell as the #15 artist, on the Folk DJ List (based on airplay). • #12 on the Roots Music Report chart • #14 on the Airplay Direct album chart (and most downloaded album) • #20 on the Euro Americana chart • #18 on the FAR (Freeform American Roots) chart. Blood Like a River was listed on the following "Top" lists for 2014: • Sing Out! (Top 10) • Several Euro Americana Chart member Top 10s including Rob Hermann (#1 for 2014) • Broken Jukebox Top 20 • 3rd Coast Music Album of the Year. Also: • 'Names' Top 25 song on the 2014 year end Folk DJ List. • 'Black Crow Blue' and 'Blood Like a River' were both Midnight Special Radio Show album of the week selections It is available on CD Baby, iTunes, with physical copies available on request. Nathan's next CD will be released in early 2015. "The Day After Stonewall Died," a short film that Nathan provided the music and songs for, was just awarded first prize at the 2014 Cannes Short Film Festival. REVIEWS: A copy of the article about Blood Like a River and Nathan, appearing in the March, 2014 Acoustic Guitar Player magazine, is attached. Review of Blood Like A River, on Singout Review of Blood Like A River from FAME M. Jae Soleil Review of Black Crow Blue at No Depression M. Jae Soleil review of Blood Like A River at No Depression A review by Holly Gleason of Nathan's record, "Black Crow Blue", on No Depression. What people are saying about Nathan: "Peopled with drinkers and fighters, lovers and flings, [Bell’s] carefully drawn tales are united by a strong sense of character, story and emotion." ----Rolling Stone "With his crisp, handcrafted playing and intimate, incisive lyrics, Bell documents an America teetering on the edge". - Acoustic Guitar Magazine "Nathan Bell’s Blood Like a River hit me hard. It is powerful stuff....he’s made an album that at once resonates timeliness and timelessness." Michael Tearson, Sing Out. "In the song "Names", I have never heard a more powerful tribute to those who have become both instruments of and victims of war." Donna Mavity of Donna's Americana "The emotions are deep as the guitar playing has a quality, even in its simplicity with enough flourish to carry it a bit further than most. Bell’s voice sounds like a worn bluesman that still has enough fire within to tell his stories with relish. There is plenty of strength here with a deft touch to bring in all types of folk lovers. Nathan Bell has a record (Blood Like A River) that is well worth a thorough exploration. " - Folk World "Nathan Bell gave all in attendance a wonderful evening of music when he played Columbus, Ohio. The audience was memorized form the first note he played to the last. His songs painted vivid pictures in our minds and were thought provoking. We look forward to having him return." -Bob Teague, Central Ohio music promoter "sometimes a solo artist can knock your socks off and Nathan Bell is one of these. With a voice and songs sitting alongside the likes of Townes, Guy Clark, John Prine etc.. Really!! - this guy's songs and voice hit you with a clarity not often encountered. Sharp edged songs, a voice of gravel and grit and whiskey and some rather accomplished guitar playing makes this guy pretty special." A Box of Birds, New Zealand. "Bell lives in a world of less thans, left behinds, lost souls and not enoughs - and isn’t afraid to rail against the scraps that are supposed to suffice. Get ready to be inspired." - The Yummy List, February 2009. “He captures what it means to be alone and, particularly, what it means to put love at the forefront of anything else that we think matters.” -M. Jae Soleil

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  • Thu

    May 7

    East Lansing, MI, US | 7:00pm

    On-The-Road & In-The-Round featuring Craig Bickhardt Don Henry Nathan Bell Thursday, May 7 - 7pm Pumphouse Concerts 38 Orchard Street, East Lansing, MI 48823 Suggested Donation $20.00 For reservations and Info: pumphouseconcerts@gmail.com

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  • Fri

    May 8

    East Lansing, MI, US | 8:00pm

    On-The-Road & In-The-Round featuring Craig Bickhardt Don Henry Nathan Bell Thursday, May 7 - 7pm On-The-Road & In-The-Round featuring Craig Bickhardt Don Henry Nathan Bell Friday, May 8 - 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm) Black Crystal Cafe Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Suggested Donation $20.00 Reservations, Directions & Info: gw@BlackCrystalCafe.com 734.369.9998 www.blackcrystalcafe.com

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  • Sat

    May 9

    Livonia, MI, US | 8:00pm

    On-The-Road & In-The-Round featuring Craig Bickhardt Don Henry Nathan Bell Saturday, May 9 - 8pm Trinity House Theatre 38840 West Six Mile Livonia, MI 48152 734-464-6302 Tickets $18.00, Subscribers $15 Reserve tickets by phone 734.464.6302 or email tickets@trinityhousetheatre.org www.trinityhousetheatre.org

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  • Cori Trice (Artist)
    Cori Trice
    Hello Craig, I have much respect for you. I attended a songwriting workshop you hosted at Upattinas about 5 years ago. Thank you for your encouragement. Best, Cori Trice
  • Stuart (Artist)
    Stuart
    Good job keep it up I really like your music especially "Men and Rivers" check out my music I hope you find something you like I think "I will win her" is a track for you !
  • Dave Cofell (Artist)
    Dave Cofell
    Excellent songwriting, and great performances! Well worth the listen. Best wishes from MN!
  • Laura Taylor Whitfield (Artist)
    Laura Taylor Whitfield
    Craig, you hooked me in from the gate of every note of every numbuh! Men & Rivers, so toe tappin beautiful! you are truly lovely in all departments. Laura
  • Dennis A. Dolloff (Artist)
    Dennis A. Dolloff
    People can also check you out as a songwriting coach at www.songu.com it's worth it!
  • JoAnneConnolly (Fan)
    JoAnneConnolly
    Your new CD arrived today - Excellent Music !! Thanks for all you give to us !

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About

Label: Stone Barn Records

Manager: Larry Ahearn

Bio: My guitar and songwriting influences range from John Martyn and Bruce Cockburn to Doc Watson. My original songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Vince Gill, Tony Rice, Charlie Louvin, Alison Krauss and dozens of others you may not have heard of. So what have I done la...See Full Bio

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Press

“Craig Bickhardt is class personified. Fabulous songwriter, great singer and guitarist. He constantly amazes me as he just can't stop getting better all the time. Wine should mature this well.”

— Michael Tearson, Sirius/XM Radio

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Q: Thanks Craig for the album "Precious Child". Still one of my favorite works along with Bruce Cockburn's "Christmas". They always remind me of what this season is about.

A: Thank you for listening, Rick, I appreciate the compliment!

Asked by Rick Sutton. Answered on Sat Dec 20 2014

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