Chenango County Habitat for Humanity

Craig Bickhardt at 6OTS, A Habitat Benefit Concert

OXFORD – 6 On The Square (6OTS) proudly presents the legendary American country music singer-songwriter, Craig Bickhardt, a fundraiser for Chenango County Habitat for Humanity (CCHH), this Saturday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. Craig’s music reflects a life lived as a rock band lead singer, a solo troubadour, a dedicated songwriter, a husband, father, and grandfather. His decades of experience have given his music great depth, with truer-to-life story-song narratives. It’s no wonder that more than 150 artists worldwide have recorded his music! The community is invited to an unforgettable performance, along with raffles, while benefiting Habitat.

Craig’s music will stir you because it’s from the heart. Dreams, love, heartache, and hard-earned lessons have fed Craig’s creativity and he writes the American story with deep honesty. His latest CD, “The More I Wonder,” was named by the iconic SingOut! Magazine as one of the "Great CDs of 2014." The title song, "The More I Know, The More I Wonder" sort of relates to how experience teaches us that a lot of the mysteries of life just continually get deeper and values become clearer with age.

Craig’s values fit right in with the goal of Habitat which is to provide decent, affordable housing. The Habitat mission was embraced by Craig and his son who volunteered their time for a past Habitat housing project, making this a perfect pairing!

Craig is a singer/songwriter of the old school – lyrical stories, some poetry in the words, something innovative, and you can hear echoes of such ‘60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Added to this is the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach.

Craig said, “I think of my work as a ‘Please Touch’ museum – I want my songs to be sung until they’re worn out.” Also crucial to Craig’s art is his virtuosic guitar work, interweaving folk, blues, country and ragtime influences into a unique whole: “The guitar isn’t just an accompanying instrument for me – sometimes it’s the front man and my voice is the accompanist.”

Writing songs for other performers, Craig's songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists worldwide including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Art Garfunkel, Vince Gill, Anne Murray, and Allison Krauss. He is the recipient of nine ASCAP Awards for his hits, which include the number one songs “In Between Dances,” recorded by Pam Tillis; “It Must Be Love,” recorded by Ty Herndon; “Turn It Loose” and “I Know Where I’m Going,” recorded by The Judds. His songs have also been featured in the films “Switchback” and “At Close Range”, and in the TV Dramas “Huff”, “Wildfire” and “Hidden Palms.” Among his first musical recordings were two songs for the soundtrack to the 1983
film Tender Mercies, one of which ("You Are What Love Means to Me") charted at No. 86 on the Billboard country singles chart.

“Craig Bickhardt is class personified. Fabulous songwriter, great singer and guitarist. He constantly amazes me as he just can’t stop getting better all the time. Wine should mature this well.” –Michael Tearson, Sirius/XM Radio.

Concert tickets for this evening of exceptional music are $20, and are available from any CCHH member as well as online. For further information, call (607) 843-OTS6 (6876) or visit 6OTS at http://www.6onthesquare.org/schedule.php . Doors open one-hour prior to show time. Habitat for Humanity offers “a hand up, not a handout”. Your support helps Habitat make dreams come true by helping to provide affordable housing to families in Chenango County. For more CCHH info, visit the website at http://habitat.chenango.org

Don’t miss out on the CCHH raffles: one is for a floral item from Pires Flower Basket. A second raffle allows the winner to choose from a beautiful hand turned wooden pen or a magnesium fire starter with a turned wooden handle. Both items were created by Marty Johnson.

CCHH would like to recognize and thank sponsors who made this possible: Visions Federal Credit Union of Norwich and an anonymous benefactor.

While at 6OTS, or before the show (one hour prior), see the exhibit of “Fire Painted” copper art by Elizabeth and Robert Yates of Studio Yates from now thru May 30.

Upcoming performances: Camilla Widad on May 30; Jory Nash on June 12; and Michael Jerling (6OTS’ eighth anniversary) on June 20; all at 7:30 p.m. Doors open one hour prior. Visit the website for tickets and future event information.

6 On The Square, Inc., a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, community music and arts venue, is located at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford.

Be there on the square for live acoustic music in Oxford, NY!
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