Cliff Eberhardt Live

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  • Cliff Eberhardt Live

    This show was on Jul 15th, 2019 | 94 people watched
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    • Jul 16
      Hi Cliff, I missed the show, unfortunately – arrrrghh! Had to tend to some academic business.
    • Jul 16
      Happy to contribute, though! You're a hard-workin' man!
    • Jul 16
      The link kept stopping so I finally just gave up. You at Concert Window are impossible to get in touch with. The email link doesn't work. Why won't you provide an email address and a phone number? Plus, the acoustics were very poor, and the room where Cliff played was so dreary and ugly. The whole thing was dreary, in fact. You served Cliff very poorly.
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Cliff Eberhardt: “Somewhere between Broadway and the Blues".

Cliff’s dad introduced him to the guitar when he was 7 and he quickly taught himself to play. He cut his teeth listening to James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt at local clubs — but also Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart.

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Cliff Eberhardt: “Somewhere between Broadway and the Blues".

Cliff’s dad introduced him to the guitar when he was 7 and he quickly taught himself to play. He cut his teeth listening to James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt at local clubs — but also Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart.

Cliff moved to New York in 1978 - because the clubs were great (the Bitter End, the Speakeasy, Kenny's Castaway, Folk City) and the company amazing (John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, Lucy Kaplansky, Julie Gold, Steve Forbert, Christine Lavin, and Shawn Colvin). Between long hours as a taxi driver, Cliff played guitar on the road with Richie Havens, Melanie and sang jingles for Coke, Miller Beer and Chevrolet ("The Heartbeat of America" campaign).

In 1990 Cliff's song "My Father's Shoes," appeared on Windham Hill's Legacy collection, leading to a deal with the label. They released Cliff's first album, The Long Road (1990), a work featuring a duet with Richie Havens. The critical response to this debut was incredible (The Philadelphia Inquirer called the album a "repeatedly astounding collection"). He followed with two more records on Shanachie before releasing 12 Songs of Good and Evil (1997) on Red House Records. Cliff recorded two more albums before his critically acclaimed The High Above and the Down Below, named the #5 album of 2007 by USA Today. Produced by Red House Records president Eric Peltoniemi, it was recorded in Minneapolis with noted jazz players Gordy Johnson, J. T. Bates and Rich Dworsky and was his first album after spending several years recovering from a car accident.

Recorded in the Texas Hill Country, Cliff's 2009 album 500 Miles: The Blue Rock Session is an intimate album of powerful originals and unique covers, it features a reworking of his hit "The Long Road" – more poignant after over 20 years of touring and recording.

Cliff's song "Memphis" was included on Cry Cry Cry, an album of collaborative covers by the "folk supergroup" (comprised of Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell). Other performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, David Broza, Russ Taff and Buffy Sainte Marie. A collection of his songs has been published in The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook (Cherry Lane Publishing).

In 2011, Cliff got a phone call from the Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. They hired Cliff to write original songs for the Shakespeare classic "The Taming of the Shrew". It would be set in the old West - Deadwood style - and Cliff was cast as the blind but wise old saloon singer bookending scenes with his poignant songs and guitar phrases. The play was a huge success and won much critical acclaim across town and 7 weeks of solid sold-out shows in the Spring of 2012. In 2013, Cliff was nominated for Best Sound Design and the production was awarded a coveted Helen Hayes Award for Best Play and Best Ensemble.

Cliff continues to tour the U.S. playing dozens of shows a year, teaching songwriting workshops/camps and producing other artists’ CDs. He is currently working on three projects – an album of cover songs and an album of originals, plus a NEW play by Aaron Posner to debut at the Getty Villa in Malibu in Summer 2019.

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