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King University News :: Singer-Songwriter David Wilcox to Perform at King College and Bristol Train Station

David Wilcox, an American folk musician, singer-songwriter, and celebrated guitarist will share his talents through story and song in an abbreviated performance in Bristol on Monday, Sept. 5 at King College's Memorial Chapel as part of the Buechner Institute's Lecture Series. He will then give a free concert at the Bristol Train Station that same evening.

David Wilcox has for many years set a high standard in the business of producing first quality music with an awareness of the spiritual dimensions of the enterprise, said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute. We are delighted to have this performer as part of the Buechner Institute's programming this year.

Wilcox first became inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell. Since then, he not only became a guitar virtuoso, but also combined a smooth baritone voice to give him a tenderness rarely found in folk music.

Wilcox's first album released in 1987, The Night Watchman, won the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award. By 1989, he had signed with AM Records. His first album with the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 records, mostly through word of mouth.

Of his most recent album, Reverie, his seventeenth, Wilcox says, All I can say is that I love following where the music leads. I just like how a short song can start a long conversation. I enjoy seeing new landscapes and perspectives, and these songs are like pictures I take on my travels. Music has always given me a hint of a point of view that is beyond my horizon.

I love music that moves me, but only if it moves me forward. Each song is like a postcard that inspires me to travel, but instead of just a snapshot of a place, it's a preview of a whole different way of seeing. Through songs, I get to know who I might become, because I experience a joy and peace and gratitude that I know are possible; all I have to do is go the distance.

Considered a songwriter's songwriter, his songs have been covered by artists such as K.D. Lang and many others. In addition to his writing prowess, his skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

The Los Angeles Times describes Wilcox's performance style in a recent review: Factor in a strong acoustic guitar technique that eschews simplistic strumming in favor of expressive finger-picking, and a pleasant voice that sounds like a more insistent, fuller bodied James Taylor, and you have a solid solo-acoustic performer who will make his way even if he doesn't serve ear candy.

The Rolling Stone said, David Wilcox's ongoing musical journey [is]... compelling and richly deserving of a listen.

David Wilcox will present Cardio-Spelunking at 10:30 a.m. in King's Memorial Chapel, then give a full, free concert at 7 p.m. that evening at the Bristol Train Station. Both events are open to the public and free to attend. For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit