Craig Bickhardt | Live At Sellersville Theater

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Live At Sellersville Theater

by Craig Bickhardt

Live CD from a veteran entertainer, picker and songwriter at the top of his game. If you enjoy songs that tell stories, guitar playing that's virtuosic, and vocals that sooth and warm the soul, this disk might be perfect for you.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Prayers For You
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2. Even a Cowboy Can Dream
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3. The Real Game
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3:38 album only
4. Donald and June
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5. A Day Well Spent
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2:35 album only
6. Sugarcane Street
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7. Crazy Nightingale
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8. Men And Rivers
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9. Life With The Sound Turned Down
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10. If He Came Back Again
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11. This Old House
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12. From Galway To Graceland
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
On this LIVE CD Craig Bickhardt demonstrates that he can hold his own with just about anybody on the musical stage, and unlike many of his contemporaries, he doesn't require a bag of recording studio tricks to make it all sound great. Accompanied by sparse but rock solid musicianship from Tom Hampton (mandolin, lap steel, baritone guitar and backing vocals), Michael G. Ronstadt (cello), and Tommy Geddes (drums and hand percussion), the set was captured exactly as it went down (sans Bickhardt's story-telling between songs). Recorded on a single evening in digital multi-track, the mix perfectly showcases Craig's pristine finger-picking, leathery-smooth vocals, and the band's tasteful underscoring. Even the handful of ballads in this set manage to convey an enthusiasm and excitement he obviously feels when he's in front of a receptive audience.

The songs, several of which appear on previous CDs, sustain Craig's reputation as a master of the craft. The newer tunes reveal him moving in a more lyrical direction, with "Men And Rivers" and "Crazy Nightingale" being obvious standouts. Also included here is an ass kicking cover of Richard Thompson's "From Galway To Graceland". Others have recorded a few of these Bickhardt gems before; Johnny Cash, The Rice Brothers, Charlie Louvin, and Trisha Yearwood to name a few, but with this release we finally catch a glimpse of Bickhardt's engaging stage persona. This is a listening experience that invites you to sit back and enjoy a veteran entertainer, picker and songwriter at the top of his game.

- Larry Ahearn


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Sheila Pierson

Bickhardt at his Best
From classics like "This Old House" and "A Day Well Spent" to one my new favorites "Men and Rivers," this CD delivers. I had the privilege of watching Mr. Bickhardt perform "Crazy Nightingale" with his daughter at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and whenever I listen to Live at Sellersville Theater, the amazing memories of that night come alive for me once more. Mr. Bickhardt - listening to this CD is certainly 'time well spent.'

Mary Ann Morris

Best Live CD
This ranks among the top 5 live albums I've ever heard! The new songs, "Men and Rivers" and "Crazy Nightingale" are absolute classics. If songs are magic spells, Bickhardt is very definitely a musical magician. The backup musicians are perfectly in tune with what is going on-nobody overplays. Bravo to Tom Hampton, Michael Ronstadt and Tommy Geddes!

You cannot duplicate what goes on in this CD in the studio. Every song comes to life so luminously. The moment is captured exquisitely, the listener is captured forever!!!