Chuck Brodsky wraps quirky stories in song

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Acoustic Guitar magazine writes that Chuck Brodsky, who’s scheduled to perform at the White Horse Black Mountain on Friday, July 20 at 8:00 p.m., “can sing, fingerpick and strum with the best of ‘em… a storyteller, and a riveting one at that.”

With just his voice and guitar he draws in listeners with his quirky, finely crafted songs. His compassionate lyrics often center on oddball  and underdog characters, but recognize the the goodness of people in all their imperfection. Pairing wit and irony with haunting melodies, Brodsky’s songs never fail to tell truths that need telling wrapped in great stories.

Chuck Brodsky will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20 at the White Horse.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, a very young Brodsky fell in love with the piano, but he found his true instrumental voice in college when he heard two guys playing guitar at his university orientation.

It wasn’t long before he swapped academia for the school of life. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Lowell George, Woody Guthrie, John Hartford, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Greg Brown, The Rolling Stones and Nic Jones, he started writing songs in his own voice that nevertheless honor his heroes.

Brodsky has appeared at major folk festivals and venues in the United States and Europe. Since 1995 he’s recorded ten critically acclaimed albums, including a The Baseball Ballads 2, a 2013 release of tales from the diamond, inspired by his enduring passion for the National Pastime.

His songs have been covered my major artists and have appeared on movie sound tracks. Having recently marked twenty-five years on the road, Brodsky is also celebrating the release of a new CD, Them and Us.

When not on tour he makes his home in Asheville. 

Want to hear Chuck Brodsky tell stories through song? 

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

When: Friday, July 20, 8 p.m. 

Tickets: Available online at whitehorseblackmountain.com for $12 in advance, $15 at the door