Press Release for Cliff Eberhardt 5/18/13 Show

Cliff Eberhardt1Flying Cat Music is proud to present Red House Records recording artist Cliff Eberhardt in concert. He will be performing at the Empire State Railway Museum on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 advance or $20 at the door. For information and reservations email or call 845-688-9453. The museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York.

Cliff Eberhardt has been described as both a songwriter’s songwriter and the missing link between Cole Porter and Paul McCartney. His songs elicit strong emotions with tightly crafted lyrics and melodies that instantly feel classic, but it’s Cliff’s signature soulful performance that sparks them each to critical mass. “Eberhardt sings with passion and with wit,” notes the New York Post, and Sing Out magazine singles out Cliff Eberhardt’s “palpable intimacy and passion” while calling him “an outstanding writer.” With a gravelly voice richly steeped in feelings Eberhardt unfailingly sings his heart out, whether on a fragile love ballad, a simmering blues smoker, or a wry snippet of everyday commentary.

Eberhardt has been at his craft for quite some years now. He was fifteen when he and his brother began touring as an acoustic duo. Cliff’s calling has taken him through some colorful settings. Early in his career television viewers heard Cliff Eberhardt sing advertising jingles for Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” campaign, and last spring theater goers saw Cliff perform his original music for a Helen Hayes award winning production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew set in America’s Wild West, with Eberhardt featured as “the Blind Balladeer.” In the early eighties Cliff Eberhardt was a founding member of the Fast Folk Music Cooperative in New York City, a seminal support community for the Greenwich Village Folk Revival. It helped spawn the now legendary Fast Folk Music Magazine which spurred the careers of numerous musicians who were part of that scene. A number of them, like John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Rod MacDonald and Cliff himself, today play major venues and festivals around the nation.

Cliff Eberhardt first achieved true national prominence in 1990 with the release of his debut album The Long Road which the Philadelphia Inquirer characterized as a “repeatedly astounding collection.” Other well received albums followed until a near-fatal auto accident in 2002 sidelined Eberhardt’s career for a time, as his rehabilitation required two back surgeries and months of intensive physical therapy. 2007 saw Cliff again at top form with the release of The High Above and the Down Below which was named the #5 album of the year by USA Today. All told Cliff has released ten albums to date with five of those on Red House Records, but his discography includes a couple of interesting recent side projects that are worth especially noting. One is an acoustic collaboration that he and James Lee Stanley released in 2011 called All Wood and Doors. That’s doors as in “the Doors,” the fabled Los Angeles rock band, and it features twelve of their classic numbers performed by Cliff and James backed by an all star cast of musicians including John Densmore and Robby Krieger from the original band.

Cliff Eberdardt’s most recent CD is a special edition, limited release called Shrew Songs: Music for the Taming of the Shrew which includes the original compositions Cliff composed for and performed in the Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre production of that play in Washington, DC, along with other highlights from his remarkable career. Commenting on that stage production the Washingtonian observed: “This show, punctuated with gorgeous original folk songs by Cliff Eberhardt (who plays a blind musician sat in front of a saloon piano), is a treat from start to finish.” And Roll Call magazine had this to say in their review: “The loves, losses and internal struggles playing out on stage are underscored to great effect by Eberhardt’s music and performance, which is something like Tom Waits meeting Willie Nelson by way of Bob Dylan. In short, the music alone is worth the price of admission.”

Please join us for what should prove to be a truly exceptional night of entertainment when Cliff Eberhardt brings his personal brand of magic to the old Phoenicia train station at the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia.

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