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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
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 www.buechnerinstitute.org.