(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
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:
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
Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Normal, IL, 2013, '14, and '15.
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
|At Lucca with my new '31 Gibson L-0. Photo by Tony Smith.
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