The Oswego Music Hall will have two singer and songwriters — James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt — on stage together to open its spring season March 31 at 8 p.m.
Both have received high praise for their songs, guitar playing, and long careers as performing and recording artists. Their recent joint project, the CD “All Wood and Doors,” features twelve of their favorite Doors songs, “enhanced by the funk and elegance of new arrangements and re-interpretations.”
Stanley, born in Philadelphia, Pa., has been recording and performing since he was 14. He has toured consistently since he returned from the USAF (as a Chinese linguist) and has performed up to three hundred dates a year since then with such diverse acts as Bonnie Raitt, Robin Williams, Nicolette Larson and even Bill Cosby.
Steven Wright chose James Lee as his opening act for three years in a row.
Eberhardt knew by age seven that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. His family sang and played together throughout his childhood in Berwyn, Pa. where he taught himself to play guitar.
He cut his teeth in acoustic music listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt.
At the same time, he was listening to pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, contributing to his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists. Eberhardt has been called the “missing link between Paul McCartney and Cole Porter.”
Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.
The Music Hall’s next concert will feature the six-piece Brooklyn-based alt country band Yarn April 14.