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
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
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.
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"