Oct 18th CHERYL WHEELER
with Special Guest: KENNY WHITE
On Saturday October 18, 2014 at 7:30pm,
Jefferson Freedom Cafe concert series presents:
photo by Gwendolyn Cates
It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic.
Poet-Cheryl writes achingly honest songs of love and loss. Contrasting the prosaic landscapes of her native small-town America with the hopelessly rootless life of the traveling performer, she touches the common chords with any who feel the tug between our busy, noisome times and the timeless longing for simplicity and silence.
Her deceptively plain-spun songs have been hits for such mainstream stars as Suzy Bogguss (Aces) and Dan Seals (Addicted), and have been recorded by everyone from Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Peter Paul and Mary, Juice Newton, and Garth Brooks.
Comic-Cheryl comes on like Groucho-in-a-housecoat; a fiercely everyday woman with a barbed-wire tongue. Shredding the mores of our gossipy, greedy, trend-obsessed culture, Wheeler always aims enough darts at herself to never seem sanctimonious. As the two forces smooth their conflict, taking their separate turns and melding into the same artistic vision, Wheeler emerges as a gifted and openhearted songwriter approaching the sure summit of her craft. Her abiding faith in her audience's ability to find their own life reflected in the sweet spaces of her songs reveals an artist comfortably wearing the austere genius that defines folk music's best traditions. More confidently and beautifully than ever before, she proves that the poet and the comic are one and the same. - Scott Alarik
To listen to Cheryl's music click here.
Kenny White comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical path. Born in New York City and raised across the river in Fort Lee, New Jersey, White began his career in the 1970s, touring extensively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor. He then became a fixture in the NY studio scene throughout the 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio beginning with "The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios," and including nearly seven years of Chevrolet's "Heartbeat of America," campaign. Through commercials, White was able to work with artists as renowned and varied as Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Neville and the London Symphony Orchestra. He also worked on many film soundtracks as a contributing writer/musician, including Message in a Bottle, A Walk on the Moon, Where the Heart Is, and four films by John Sayles. He produced Shawn Colvin's Grammy-nominated song, "I Don't Know Why," and performed on Marc Cohn's platinum debut record.
After being hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his "thrilling" and "unique" piano playing, White chose, in 2001, to devote himself to making his own album, one that not only showcased his talent as a musician, but also as a lyricist. His work in the studio enabled him to assemble an A-list team of players for UNINVITED GUEST. He began traveling with and opening shows for many of his friends and colleagues including Cheryl Wheeler, Jonathan Edwards, and Richard Shindell. An early copy of his follow-up record, SYMPHONY IN 16 BARS, landed in the hands of Judy Collins, who then signed him to her own Wildflower Records label, releasing the CD in 2005, followed by the EP, NEVER LIKE THIS. His latest recording, COMFORT IN THE STATIC was released in 2010 to critical acclaim, landing on many Favorite Album of the Year lists.
His record producing credits include the last three solo CDs for Peter Wolf, formerly with the J. Geils Band: FOOL'S PARADE, SLEEPLESS (named one of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" by Rolling Stone) and MIDNIGHT SOUVENIRS, debuting at #45. White recently traveled to Livomo, Italy, to accept the International Songwriting Award at the 18th Annual Premio Ciampi music festival. He tours extensively with Judy Collins throughout Europe and North America and performs the duet "Veteran's Day" on her new BOHEMIAN CD. He continues to tour with Cheryl Wheeler, appearing on her new live recording, GREETINGS, which he also produced.
"I'd have to say that Kenny White has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters ... and particularly, lyricists. As we say in the trade "he goes deep". A true wordsmith AND musician who reveals a fine sense of humor, as well. Put on your headphones and listen carefully." -- David Crosby
To learn more about Kenny White go to:
To listen to Kenny White's music click here
Doors open at 6:45pm,Show starts at 7:30pm
Tickets are $20 adv, $25 door
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BYOB (beer & wine) RESPONSIBLY!
Jefferson Freedom Cafe is a smoke free listening room located at
1959 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112
click here for directions (near I-30 & I-820 on the eastside of Fort Worth)