You’ll Laugh a Lot, Cry a Little & Really Be Inspired!
On The Road & In The Round
Three highly acclaimed, veteran singer-songwriters team up and take the stage!
Craig Bickhardt is the uniting force behind this critically acclaimed In-The-Round series at venues throughout the country. This one promises to be as good as it gets, with the incredible Michael Johnson, plus Grammy Award winner Don Henry.
Craig is one of the original Writers in the Round at Nashville’s fabled Bluebird Café (featured frequently in the hit ABC Television series, Nashville). Don Henry and Michael Johnson have also been regulars at the Bluebird since it’s early days. The dynamic chemistry between Craig, Don and Michael is the result of many years of friendship and performing together. Join them as they swap songs, humor and battles stories for one enchanting and entertaining evening at the historic Sellersville Theater.
Michael Johnson – Michael Johnson (yes “The” Michael Johnson) has performed and lived more music and recorded more hits than you would imagine. His voice immediately identifies him as the man who sings “Bluer Than Blue,” “Give Me Wings,” “That’s That,” “This Night Won’t Last Forever” and other landmark songs. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love.
Michael’s long awaited return to the region is surely one of the year’s most anticipated–and overdue—concert events. Besides being an impeccable vocalist, Johnson is also a classically trained guitarist and his complete mastery of the instrument is evident throughout his entire performance. With a repertoire that includes his own songs in addition to his brilliantly interpreted versions of songs written by some of the best in the business, his show is not to be missed. Website: www.mjblue.com
“A dazzling guitarist and wonderfully expressive singer. No two shows are alike.” – Billboard Magazine
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 and by young hit makers of today like Blake Shelton, Lonestar and Kathy Mattea … and the list goes on. The lead song on Miranda Lambert’s new CD is Don Henry’s “All Kinds of Kinds.”
But his songs shine best when performed by the very artist who wrote them. The wit and wisdom of Don’s songs are widely renowned, whether it’s his campfire favorites- the hilarious “B.F.D.” and biker lullaby “Harley”- or the wonderfully poignant tribute to Martin Luther King, “Beautiful Fool” and 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 to be awarded all four honors in the same year! Website: www.donhenry.com
As Dirty Linen observed: “The crowd was won over by this guy and his guitar. Long may he write.”
Craig Bickhardt - A folk/Americana performing songwriter with major writing credits, a poet’s voice, a virtuoso guitar style and a veteran’s experience. The native Pennsylvanian’s first big break came in 1982 when he wrote and sang two songs for Robert Duvall’s Academy Award-winning film Tender Mercies (a movie with a similar theme to the recently popular Crazy Heart). 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 recordings by legends such as Johnny Cash, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Jonathan Edwards, David Wilcox, Kathy Mattea and Alison Krauss. His 850+-tune catalog includes nine Top Ten hits (four No. 1 country hits — “Turn It Loose” and “I Know Where I’m Going” recorded by The Judds, “In Between Dances” by Pam Tillis and “It Must Be Love” recorded by Ty Herndon). Craig’s September, 2011 headline appearance at Pennsylvania’s Sellersville Theater resulted in his critically acclaimed CD, “Live at Sellersville Theater.” Website: www.craigbickhardt.com
“After all his years in the big time, [Craig] has managed to retain that purity of spirit…refreshingly real.” - Nick Cristiano, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“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