The Sundilla Concert Series will welcome Ben Bedford on Friday, Jan. 27. The concert will take place at the AUUF at 450 E. Thach Ave. in Auburn. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., and $20 advance tickets are available at Spicer’s Music, Ross House Coffee and online at sundillamusic.com. Admission at the door is $25. Free coffee, tea, water and food will be available, and The Chill Spot food truck will be on site selling sausage dogs, tacos, soft drinks and frozen treats. The audience is invited to bring any food or beverage they prefer.
Bedford has proven himself to be a truly inspired and talented storyteller. He establishes himself as a songwriter in the tradition of musical icons ranging from Bill Morrissey to Woody Guthrie, casting individual people in the theater of the American landscape. A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the ‘old soul’ quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.
In the past 15 years since the release of his first album, Bedford has played his songs for audiences all over the United States and overseas. Bedford’s albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts, and his music has been played on National Public Radio’s Car Talk and featured in The Sounding Board, the official newsletter of the renowned C.F. Martin Guitar Company.
Bedford’s newest CD, “Valley of Stars,” will be officially released on Jan. 27, the day of the concert.
Unsurprisingly to anyone who is familiar with his work, in July of 2010 Bedford was named one of the “50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years.” The list also included Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Anais Mitchell, Joni Mitchell and John Prine.
For more information, go to www.sundillamusic.com.