Piedmont Finger Picking infused Blues, Folk, Roots, and Rags

David Berchtold - Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar and Vocals


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David Berchtold
(also performing as...) 
The Third Wind (With Chris Kaufman and Mark Austil)
Berchtold and Stear (with Brian Stear) 

David's music is currently being featured on:
WGLT FM 89.1/103.5, Normal, IL
WEFT FM 90.1,Champaign/Urbana, IL
WKCC 91.1 FM, Kankakee, IL

When done well, fingerpicking a guitar looks so easy anybody could do it. But the task of convincing several digits to make music while moving simultaneously in different, yet coordinated directions, when it appears effortless, takes a good deal of concentration and practice. David Berchtold, an acoustic guitarist for more than 40 years, makes the process seem like spreading butter on hot bread as he picks the six-string with melody and rhythm while singing. 

Blessed with more than an hour’s worth of original songs, the Illinois native also chimes in with tunes from the cream of the fingerpicking crowd, including Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Rev. Gary Davis, Leo Kottke, John Fahey and others. He’s made three visits to the Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp, founded and run by another of the greats, Jorma Kaukonen, performing at the student concerts and once playing along with Jorma. Expect a range of rock and folk standards including music from The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, Grateful Dead and others to pop into the varied song list of this talented performer.
(by Tom Irwin, Illinois Times) 

Recent performances of note include:

Dulcimer and Roots Festival, Bishop Hill, IL
C/U Folk and Roots Festival - Performance and guitar workshop

Hickory Ridge Concert Series at Dixon Mounds Museum

Teaching fingerstyle guitar at Heartland Community College

Opened for Joe Bonamassa (What a thrill!)

Sweet Corn Blues Festival 2014, 2015

Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Normal, IL, 2013, '14, and '15.  


David is occasionally accompanied by one or more of these fine musicians: 
- Brian Stear (Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals, Washboard, Porchboard bass)
- Chris Kaufman (Upright Bass)
- Mark Austill (Percussion)
- Tater (Electric Bass)
- Bruce Bergethon (Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin)

David Berchtold is a member of ASCAP
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Berchtold & Stear at Sugar Creek Arts Festival (Photo by Geoff Beran)

Contact David Berchtold for booking information, or be added to his mailing list to be notified by email of future shows. Or call David Berchtold at (309-392-2936).

Copyright 2015 David Berchtold

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