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Berchtold and Stear: Ghosts of Music Past
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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)
David is occasionally accompanied
by one or more of these fine musicians:
- Brian Stear:
Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals, Washboard
- Dave Fryer: Lead
- Bill Schlipf: Upright Bass
Chris Kaufman: Upright Bass
- Andy Spiro: Electric Bass
- Bruce Bergethon: Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin
David Berchtold is a member of ASCAP
Playing at the C/U Folk and
Roots Festival 2013
(Photo by Mary Nugent
Listen to a demo of David's trio, The DB3!