David Wilcox comes to The Center for the Arts | TheUnion.com

David Wilcox comes to The Center for the Arts

On stage alone, armed with a single guitar, David Wilcox weaves a rich tapestry in every concert. He’s a tremendously talented singer and inventive guitarist, utilizing alternative tunings and cut capos. In addition to his musical skills, Wilcox is a master storyteller. Performances feature carefully crafted songs, stories and wry observations. His shows are a journey through the full range and richness of life. While there’s weight to the topics covered in his lyrics, wit is never far away. Wilcox has recorded 15 albums and sold over 750,000, yet his music really takes flight in its natural environment – the live performance.

Cleveland-born Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after watching a fellow student play in a stairwell at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Transferring to Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., in 1981, Wilcox began taking music seriously. Although he took four lessons with a classical guitarist, Wilcox developed most of his playing technique on his own. In addition to being inspired by Joni Mitchell to play in a variety of tunings, he designed a capo that produced an unusual sound by leaving one or more strings unaltered.

His debut album, “The Nightshift Watchman,” was released in 1987 on his own label, Song of the Woods. It featured sparse arrangements and launched Wilcox’s career as a touring musician. After performing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Wilcox signed with A&M in 1989. His first release on the label, “How Did You Find Me Here,” sold over 100,000 copies by word of mouth.

His 2005 album “Out Beyond Ideas” was a joint project with his wife Nance Pettit is described as a significant diversion from prior work featuring sacred poetry set to music from different religious traditions. During 2005 Wilcox traveled the country with his wife and teenage son in an Airstream trailer attached to a bio-diesel truck. He named the resulting album “Airstream.” In 2008 Wilcox was honored with a silver award along with Bob Dylan, in Acoustic Guitar’s singer/songwriter category. His latest album “Open Hand” was released in March 2009.

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