CONTRIBUTED BY SUNDILLA
Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Buddy Mondlock returns to Sundilla on Thursday, Feb. 23. Showtime at the AUUF is 7:30 p.m.; admission at the door will be $25, but advance tickets are just $20 and are available at Spicer’s Music, Ross House Coffee and online at www.sundillamusic.com. At every Sundilla concert you’ll find free coffee, tea, water and food, and attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.
Mondlock is well-known as a songwriter, a singer and a performer, and though his career has been highly successful, parts of it can be summed up quite simply. As a songwriter, he’s “the guy who has had his songs recorded by Guy Clark, Joan Baez, Nanci Griffith, Garth Brooks, Peter, Paul & Mary, Janis Ian, David Wilcox and Maura O’Connell, just to name a few.”
As a performer, he’s “the guy who Guy Clark heard before immediately walking into a Nashville publishing house with the demand, ‘Listen to this kid and sign him now; he’s good!’” As a singer, he’s “the guy who performed in a group with Art Garfunkel.” (No, “Buddy Mondlock” isn’t an alias for Paul Simon, but he and Garfunkel did indeed team up with Maia Sharp, and the trio recorded a CD and toured North America and Europe.)
Despite his success as a recording artist, as a solo performer and as a member of a group, Mondlock will forever be known as a songwriter. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Clark, Griffith and Ian are just a few of them; names familiar to Sundilla fans, like Tom Kimmel and Pierce Pettis, are also on that list. But there’s nothing like hearing the guy who wrote them sing them. He’s not going to pin your ears back with those songs. He’s going to draw you into his world — where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get your pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you’re not careful and where dreams that don’t come true still count. He does it in little folk clubs and on a stage by a grassy hill, in someone’s living room or in the Royal Albert Hall. When Mondlock grabs his guitar and does his thing, it’s always a magical evening for the audience.
For more information, go to www.sundillamusic.com.