October 3, 2006
Buddy Mondlock to perform Oct. 12 at Caffe Acoustic
Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian, to name just a few. But there’s nothing like hearing the guy who wrote the songs sing the songs. That will be the case when Mondlock performs Oct. 12 at Caffe Acoustic. The Caffe Acoustic series will be held at Brown’s at 7:30 p.m.
You might be surprised where you find him. Recently he collaborated with the legendary Art Garfunkel and Maia Sharp. The three of them wrote and recorded an album together called “Everything Waits To Be Noticed” and then toured all over America and Europe.
He lives in Nashville now but grew up in Park Forest Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He once opened for Steve Goodman at Chicago’s famed Earl of Old town on New Year’s Eve. When Mondlock made his first trip to Texas, Guy Clark heard him singing one of his songs under a tree at the Kerrville Folk Festival and liked it. So Clark went back to Nashville, opened the door and said, “listen to this kid, he’s good!” A publishing deal and a U-Haul headed south soon followed. People were starting to pay attention.
In 1987 he was a New Folk Award Winner at Kerrville and he released his first album called “On the Line.” David Wilcox recorded “The Kid” on his first record for A&M. Mondlock did some writing with this other new kid in town named Garth Brooks (they had the same manager). Janis Ian heard him singing at the Bluebird Cafe and asked him if he’d like to write with her. Their song “Amsterdam” got recorded by Joan Baez. Nanci Griffith asked Mondlock to sing on a show she was taping for Irish television. She ended up liking that song so much that she recorded “Comin’ Down In the Rain” on her Grammy Award winning collection “Other Voices, Other Rooms.” Brooks became a star and “Every Now and Then” ended up on his album “The Chase.”
Mondlock was touring all over the country by this time playing coffeehouses and the occasional festival (he was a regular on the main stage at Kerrville by now). And there were trips to Europe too. Buddy’s second album, produced by Steve Addabbo, got picked up by Sun Records, a small label in Ireland started by the members of the group U2.
1996 was a good year. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded “The Kid” and then asked Mondlock to sing with them on their “Great Performances” TV special. He won a Kerrville Music Award for song of the year that autumn for “The Kid” too.
In 1998, he released his third album, “Poetic Justice,” and it got picked up by EMI Records in Canada and Ireland and by Proper Music in the UK when British DJ Bob Harris began playing songs from it on BBC radio. By this time Mondlock was spending quite a bit of time with fellow Nashville songwriter Carol Elliott and they hit the road together.
Double bills evolved into shows performed as a duo with enthusiastic receptions by both sets of fans. The chemistry and joy of the interplay between them wasn’t limited to the stage and nobody was too surprised when the couple got married at the Kerrville Folk Festival in June of 2000.
It was that same year that Mondlock was approached by producer Billy Mann who had a unique project in mind. Mann had been asked to produce a record for Art Garfunkel and he had the feeling there was a songwriter hiding somewhere behind that amazing voice. And Billy figured that Mondlock and Maia Sharp were just the ones to bring Garfunkel the songwriter out into the open. It worked. Over the next couple of years they wrote and recorded together as a trio with Billy shaping the sound. “Everything Waits To Be Noticed” was released in October of 2002 on Manhattan/EMI and everybody piled into the bus to go singing. There were concert halls and live radio and TV shows.
Now, with the initial whirlwind over, Mondlock’s out there doing solo shows again because that’s what he does and that’s who he is.
This event is funded by Union State Bank, Home National Bank, Corner Bank, and the Arts at Cowley.