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    David Wilcox at the Egg

    We went to see David Wilcox on March 19th. He is one of my absolute favorite singers. I might even go as far as to say that he is my favorite singer. I first saw him in Los Angeles about 12 years ago and have seen him in several concerts since that time.

    Wilcox is a cross between Harry Chapin and James Taylor. He writes all his own songs, and while he might be classified as a folk singer, I think he has much more general appeal with a great sense of humor and popular style phrasing.

    He has one album called East Asheville Hardware where there are all live recordings not previously released. Some of the humor can be seen in the titles, from the tongue-in-cheek road rage song “Blow ‘Em Away” to the thoughtful “Levi Blues” about mixing new jeans with lighter colors and resulting in an all blue wash. In “Johnny’s Camaro” he speaks of a controlled relationship situation where the boyfriend cares more about his car than the girl.

    All Wilcox’s songs are thoughtful, heartfelt and speak to the human condition. One of my favorites is “Home Within Your Heart” that started out to be a rueful song about a broken relationship, but ended up being a touching tribute to the good in a relationship even after it is over.

    To those of you who have never heard him, you can go to his website www.davidwilcox.com to sample his music and to order his CD’s. He has eleven at present and is at work simultaneously on the 12th and 13th as I write this.

    When he appears in concert, it is just him and his acoustic guitar. The thing is, he doesn’t need anything else. I saw him one time in New York City at The Bottom Line where he did have a rhythm section as well as drums and as far as I was concerned they were superfluous.

    Honestly, David Wilcox and his guitar are quite enough. One of his songs even celebrates the guitar, telling of the need to have a well-traveled instrument when he first started out to make up for his lack of experience, and now he prefers a newer instrument since he is well enough traveled himself.

    I actually learned at this concert that David was originally from the Cleveland area where I come from. This was in his bio notes and I never knew he was from near my home town before. Check him out if you can. You won’t regret it.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"