Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Buddy Mondlock returns to Sundilla for the first time in a decade on Friday, July 31; he'll be bringing Mike Lindauer to play bass. Showtime at the AUUF is 7:30; admission at the door will be $12, but advance tickets are just $10 and are available at Spicer's Music, Mama Mocha's Coffee, Blooming Colors, and online at www.sundillamusic.com. At every Sundilla concert you'll find free coffee, tea, water and food, and attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer.
Buddy Mondlock is well-known as a songwriter, a singer and a performer, and though his career has been highly successful, parts of it can be summed up quite simply. As a songwriter, he's "the guy who has had his songs recorded by Guy Clark, Joan Baez, Nanci Griffith, Garth Brooks, Peter, Paul & Mary, Janis Ian, David Wilcox and Maura O'Connell, just to name a few." As a performer, he's "the guy who Guy Clark heard before immediately walking into a Nashville publishing house with the demand 'Listen to this kid and sign him now; he's good!'" As a singer, he's "the guy who performed in a group with Art Garfunkel." (No, "Buddy Mondlock" isn't an alias for Paul Simon... but he and Garfunkel did indeed team up with Maia Sharp and the trio recorded a CD and toured North America and Europe.)
Often there is much heartbreak and trauma on the road to a career this successful, but not so much in this case. Buddy grew up in a happy home near Chicago, and attended college before hitting the road with his guitar. He mostly played in and around Chicago, and one New Year's Eve he opened at the famed Earl of Old Town for the legendary Steve Goodman. He was just 21 and says "I could have walked out of there, been hit by a bus, and wouldn't have felt cheated at all."
He took his first trip to Texas for the Kerrville Folk Festival, and it was there that Guy Clark first heard him; Clark's plea of "sign him now!" was heard and soon Mondlock was working in Nashville. Not long after, people started taking notice. In 1987 he was a Kerrville New Folk winner and released his first album, and not long after that he was seeing his songs appear on releases by other performers. David Wilcox recorded "The Kid." Janis Ian asked if he'd like to write a song with her; they wrote "Amsterdam" and Joan Baez recorded it. Nanci Griffith invited Buddy to perform with her for a TV special she was doing, and soon after included Buddy's "Coming Down As the Rain" on her "Other Voices, Other Rooms" CD. A guy he'd done some writing with when he got to Nashville started doing really well and recorded "Every Now and Then" for his CD called "The Chase." (That was 1992 and that guy's name was Garth Brooks, and in 1992 there was NOBODY bigger than Garth Brooks.)
It was an exciting and eventful five years for a guy who was really just starting out! And things have continued to be good. There have been regular tours of America and Europe, several CD releases, a song recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary (followed by a television appearance with them), a few awards (including "Song of the Year".) And in 2003 he teamed with Art Garfunkel and Maia Sharp; they recorded a CD and toured this continent, and overseas.
Despite his success as a recording artist, as a solo performer and as a member of a group, Buddy Mondlock will forever be known as a songwriter. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian are just a few of them; names familiar to Sundilla fans, like Tom Kimmel and Pierce Pettis, are also on that list. But there's nothing like hearing the guy who wrote them sing them. He's not going to pin your ears back with those songs. He's going to draw you into his world. Where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get your pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if you're not careful and where dreams that don't come true still count. He does it in little folk clubs and on a stage by a grassy hill, in someone's living room or in the Royal Albert Hall. When Buddy Mondlock grabs his guitar and does his thing, it's always a magical evening for the audience. And on July 31, that audience is us.
Buddy Mondlock- accompanied by Mike Lindauer on bass- will return to Sundilla for the first time in a decade on Friday, July 31. Showtime at the AUUF is 7:30; admission at the door will be $12, but advance tickets are just $10 and are available at Spicer's Music, Mama Mocha's Coffee, Blooming Colors, and online at www.sundillamusic.com. At every Sundilla concert you'll find free coffee, tea, water and food, and attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer. For more information, just go to www.sundillamusic.com.
Must-read quotes, followed by must-hear music...
"Buddy Mondlock writes beautiful songs and plays the kind of guitar they deserve. He's a fine person and a fine artist." -- Townes Van Zandt
"Mondlock's songs are like movies you want to see again. He starts with the same world we all see and hear, but he transforms the sights and sounds into revelations that delight and melodies that linger." -- Ed Morris, Billboard Magazine
"Buddy Mondlock represents the best of the new generation of singer/songwriters in folk music. His writing style is grounded in the traditions of the past, but has its heart in the present. He is one of my favorite writers." -- Nanci Griffith
"Buddy Mondlock is the most startling new songwriting talent I've heard this year. This guy is an American Original, a folk poet whose vision veers effortlessly from wild witticism to soul-piercing insights. Living proof that the troubadour tradition sings on." -- Robert K. Oermann, Syndicated Music Writer
"Buddy Mondlock is one of our country's best songwriters. His approach is gentle and Zen-like, the songs unfurl like little movies and the listener is transported to some distant better place -- and isn't that what music should be about?" -- Ellis Paul
"As acclaimed as he is as a songwriter, he is a fine performer who can create his share of magic with his high clear voice and inventive acoustic guitar." -- David Johnson, Boston Globe
"Buddy Mondlock is consistently eclectic, consistently innovative and consistently one of the few artists that doesn't irritate me. I love working with him and he better keep working with me." -- Janis Ian
"Buddy Mondlock, a south suburban Chicago native, has written for singers from Garth Brooks to Joan Baez. Now he is finding his own spotlight." -- Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Sun Times
"While residing in the world capital of perfunctory 9 - 5 songwriters, Buddy Mondlock chooses to write songs that convey honest emotional depth through a prism of sophisticated harmony and melody. His song "The Kid" is a timeless anthem of innocence discovering reality. I cried like a little girl." -- Richard Julian
"One of my favorites, Mondlock is brilliant in his word choice, poignant in his observations and powerful in his presentation." -- Kathleen Hudson, Kerrville Daily Times
"I first saw Buddy Mondlock while hosting the Ballad Tree, a tradition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. This kid in a bathing suit walked up and played "No Choice" to an audience of 30 - 40 people. By the time he got to the second verse, he had 200 people singing along with him. He blew me away! Pay attention to Buddy; he's a great writer!" -- Guy Clark
"Since the first time I heard Buddy play in my office, I've loved his music. It's always a pleasure to hear him and to have him play in the club." -- Amy Kurland, The Bluebird Café
"His songs are an express lane to the heart!" -- Luce Myers, The Blue Heron