Craig Bickhardt

Craig Bickhardt

I received a telephone call from Allen Reynolds one day. He was producing a new Kathy Mattea cd and wanted to know if I’d be available to sing background vocals on a few songs for the project that later became Willow in the Wind.

When I arrived at the studio, I was introduced to the other singers who were part of the background vocal ensemble du jour. Among them was Craig Bickhardt. I was familiar with Craig’s work in the group SKB (Schuyler, Knobloch, and Bickhardt), and I had seen him perform around Nashville on several occasions. But I had never had the opportunity to work with him. It was an opportunity which proved to be great fun, and it was the beginning of a good friendship.

The song we worked on that day was Come From the Heart. It was later chosen to be released as a single, so a video was made. And once again I was asked to take part in a Kathy Mattea project. But this time it was not to sing, but rather to act like I was singing. And to dance. Or sway. Or whatever it is I’m trying to do in that video. Thankfully, Craig can also be seen “dancing” on stage with Kathy Mattea in the Come From the Heart video.

Craig Bickhardt is one of my favorite songwriters. Period. His songs are simply wonderful. As a musician, he plays a “mean” acoustic guitar. So mean in fact, few can follow in his tracks. And then, when he shakes his booty in a video…well…all I can say is, Craig is a one hell of a songwriter and musician.

http://www.craigbickhardt.com

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