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CRAIG BICKHARDT A folk/Americana singer-songwriter with major Nashville credits, a poet’s voice, a virtuoso guitar style and a veteran’s experience. Native Pennsylvanian Craig Bickhardt’s first big break came in 1982, when he wrote and sang two songs for Robert Duvall’s Academy Award-winning film Tender Mercies, a movie with a similar theme to this year’s award winning Crazy Heart. In the wake of that film’s success, Bickhardt made his move to Nashville where his songs found their way onto platinum and Grammy-winning recordings by legends such as Johnny Cash, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Alison Krauss. His 800-tune catalog includes four No. 1 country hits — “Turn It Loose” and “I Know Where I’m Going” (recorded by The Judds), “In Between Dances” (Pam Tillis) and “It Must Be Love” (Ty Herndon) and 10 more that made it to the top ten in radio play. His friends and collaborators have included Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch and Don Schlitz, the original Writers in the Round at Nashville’s fabled Bluebird Café. He joined with Schuyler and Knobloch as the band SKB to record No Easy Horses for MTM Records. Three hits came from that collaboration, including Bickhardt’s chart-topper, “Givers And Takers.” In 2006, Bickhardt left a changed Nashville to return to the concert stage and to his roots in eastern Pennsylvania, and he wowed audiences on the main stage at the 2008 Philadelphia Folk Festival where festival programmers called his performance “absolutely outstanding."
JIM PHOTOGLO Jim's music/songs have been expressed in Pop, R&B and Country music through such diverse artists as Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Dusty Springfield, The Everly Brothers, James Ingram, Kenny Rogers, The Dirt Band, Alabama, Run C&W and, of course, Photoglo himself. But, despite the wide stylistic range of his hits, Photoglo's music really represents only one artistic voice - his own. He took the occasional tour gig as a bassist for the likes of Vince Gill and Dan Fogelberg, but his main focus was songwriting, successfully quadrupling his creative output over the next few years. His devotion to his craft paid off with recordings by Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, The Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Leroy Parnell, Patty Loveless, Highway 101, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Neil McCoy, John Anderson and Kathy Mattea. Four of those recordings ended up in the Top Ten of Billboard Magazine's Country Music Charts, and two went to Number One: the now-classic Fishin' In The Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Hometown Honeymoon by Alabama. www.jimphotoglo.com JD MALONE Dad, husband, son, brother, friend,Phoenixville native, singer/songwriter, recovering philosopher
J.D. Malone was born and raised under a bright blue sky in a small town called Bennington in the Green Mountain State of Vermont, U.S.A. He writes and sings songs about love and hate, angels and demons and the universal struggle to feel safe under the stars. J.D. was the founder and frontman for the pop/rock band Steamroller Picnic from October 1993 – September 2004. During that time, Steamroller Picnic performed more than 200 shows a year. Steamroller Picnic was sponsored by COORS Light (1996-2000) and BUD Light (2000-2004) and had billboards on Interstates 95 and 76, courtesy of COORS Light. In 2002, the band released an independent CD, Grow, engineered by Andy Kravitz (Billy Joel, Paul Simon) and was the featured act on the MTV show Advance Warning in July 2003. During this time J.D. also founded, produced and booked the Y-100 Tuesday Night Music Club - a local, regional and national music showcase. In September 2004, J.D. began working with Gerry McWilliams and in January 2005 released Malone and McWilliams Greatest Hits, engineered by Pete Donnelly (The Figgs, Graham Parker). J.D. and Gerry then went out west to record and in March 2006 released Los Angeles, engineered by Barrie Maguire (The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant, Amos Lee). In May 2008, J.D. released his first solo EP, Dia de los Muertos, once again engineered by Pete Donnelly and recorded at Philadelphonic Studios in Philadelphia, PA. In December 2007, J.D was selected as a semi-finalist in The Plowshares national songwriting contest and in May 2008, he was one of six winners in The Philadelphia Songwriters Association contest. In April 2010, J.D. released his second solo record, Use This Side and Save My Face, with the help of his amazing band, The Experts (Tom Hampton, Avery Coffee, Jim Miades and Tommy Geddes) and engineered by James Stapleford at Chaplin’s in Spring City, PA. J.D. has shared the stage with many national acts: Third Eye Blind, Eve 6, Sugar Ray, Vertical Horizon, Fuel, Familiar 48, Living Colour, The Fixx, July for Kings, Lola Ray, Robert Hazard, Silvertide, John Faye Power Trip, The Martians, The Bogmen, Dee Snyder, John Eddie, Danelia Cotton, Craig Bickhardt, Jim Photoglo, Idlewheel, Eric Andersen, Tom Gillam, Phil Vasser, Terri Clark, Steve Forbert and John Gorka. He has performed at many great venues including: The Trocadero (PA), The TLA (PA), The Bitter End (NYC), Sellersville Theater (PA), The Keswick Theater (PA), World Café Live (PA), 12th & Porter (TN), Kennett Flash (PA), Godfrey Daniels (PA), The Bethlehem Musikfest (PA), The Auction House (NJ), Katmandu (DE), The Stone Balloon (DE), The Bottle and Cork (DE), Puck Live (PA), The Grape (PA), Steel City (PA), Dennis Flyer Theater (NJ) and many places in between.