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Thursday, March 13 • 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Cliff Eberhardt

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Red House recording artist Cliff Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. As a child Cliff taught himself to play guitar, piano, base and drums. In his teens Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast), he cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt - receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists. A driving force of the Greenwich Village New Folk movement and well known among his peers, Cliff’s songs have been covered by the likes of Richie Havens, Buffie St. Marie, Erasure, Lucy Kaplansky and the folk superstar band "Cry, Cry, Cry" (Dar Williams, Richard Shindell, Lucy Kaplansky). His new album The High Above and the Down Below came after Cliff spent 5 years recovering from a severe car accident. Returning to his music with a fresh perspective, he brought in a team of some of the Twin Cities’ finest jazz musicians to back him up—keyboardist Rich Dworsky (Al Jarreau, A Prairie Home Companion), bassist Gordy Johnson (Maynard Ferguson, Chuck Mangione) and drummer J.T. Bates (Michel Portal). The group had such immediate chemistry that the tracks were laid down in a week, many in just one take. The results are a classic sounding album that falls somewhere between Randy Newman and Tom Waits.
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Thursday March 13, 2008 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Victorian Room at The Driskill 604 Brazos St

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