David Wilcox with Aimee Ringle
On Friday, March 3, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KRVM proudly welcome David Wilcox back to the WOW Hall along with special guests Aimee Ringle. This is a fully seated concert.
First here in 1994, last here in 2014, David Wilcox has been hanging his hat here for twenty years. The Cleveland-born, North Carolina-based Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. David is now eighteen records into a career marked both by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
Wilcox released his debut album The Nightshift Watchman in 1987, was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and by 1989 he had signed with A&M Records. His first release on the label, How Did You Find Me Here, sold over 100,000 copies the first year largely by word of mouth.
In 1994, Wilcox appeared on the cover of Acoustic Guitar, which described him as James Taylor combined with the "husky breathiness more reminiscent of the late Nick Drake," and said he was the, "best known of the brilliant crop of singer-songwriters to emerge in the late '80s." He has been featured in Performing Songwriter magazine on five occasions
Considered a 'songwriter's songwriter', his tunes have been covered by k.d. lang and many other artists. 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.
“Many of his songs analyze the dynamics of relationships in epigrammatic verses that are at once earnest and gently humorous,” writes music critic Stephen Holden in The New York Times. “While many of Mr. Wilcox's songs have light blues inflections, occasionally they also look back in spirit to Tin Pan Alley.”
Reflecting on well over 20 years of record-making and touring extensively around the US and world, Wilcox says, “Music still stretches out before me like the head-lights of a car into the night. It’s way beyond where I am, but it shows where I’m going. I used to think that my goal was to catch up, but now I’m grateful that the music is always going to be way out in front to inspire me.”
Aimée Ringle is a musician, song-leader and storyteller based in Port Townsend, Washington. She has been lauded for her caramel voice, invigorating teaching style, "got pocket" percussion skills and intricate guitar work. Aimée's work as a song-leading and storyteller have woven her into an ever widening community of cultural shifters around the country in the realms of sustainable agriculture, alternative education, community living, personal and interpersonal healing, creative expression and spiritual exploration - all of which are reflected in the songs that she carries.
As a song-leader, Aimée has been an integral part of Singing Alive! gatherings for years and continues to teach at a growing number of kindred gatherings around the country. She has co-lead song leading workshops with renowned teacher, song leader and mentor Laurence Cole at the Oregon Country Fair.
Aimée continues to cover more territory and book her calendar with more workshops and festivals as community singing continues to grow in power and popularity. She is blessed to be a part of this amazing movement of music and looks forward to every chance to teach, learn and spread songs for singing!
Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door, with seating on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.