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Cliff Eberhardt in Concert at Boccelli's

Story by Dorothy Read

Get ready to be swept away by popular singer/songwriter Cliff Eberhardt, who will offer his Americana blues and soulful roadhouse ballads at Boccelli's on the Canal in Bellows Falls on Saturday, Dec. 12, presented by Vermont Festivals LLC.

Eberhardt will feature songs from his recent album release "500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions," which merges his own powerful wide range of intimate originals with a fresh take on the Hedy West classic "500 Miles" lending its name to the title.

"This is by far Cliff's finest recording to date, moving and deeply personal, and we are excited to be able to present him here in Bellows Falls," Vermont Festivals Producer Ray Massucco said, "The new material is soulful and reflective and will touch you with its honest sincerity. You won't want to miss this one."

This new album follows Eberhardt's extremely successful "The High Above and the Down Below" which represented a personal and artistic renaissance after a hiatus in his recording following a devastating automobile accident a few years earlier.

With the new work, Eberhardt takes us on a journey that ends with a poignant reworking of his 1990 hit "The Long Road." Featuring Texas singer Karen Mal on harmony vocals, this new version is made richer with the insight that age brings, changing as he has, over time.

Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country, Cliff recorded the 12 tracks to 500 Miles at the legendary Blue Rock Studio with some of Austin's hottest players, including guitarist Mike Hardwick, bassist Glenn Fukunaga, drummer Rick Richards, the Band of Heathens' Colin Brooks, and famed accordion player Joel Guzman.

The record shows the evolution of a song.

"I wrote 'The Long Road' twenty years ago in Italy," Cliff says in the liner notes. "I was on tour with Ritchie Havens and he ended up doing the song with me as a duet on my first CD. I still love that recording. I did a new take on the song because after playing the song for 20 years it has changed as I have."

Doors open at 7 p.m., the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at Village Square Books, Fat Franks, and Boccelli's in Bellows Falls, Misty Valley Books in Chester, VAULT and Radio Shack in Springfield, and at www.bratteborotix.com.

For more information go to vermontfestivalsllc.com, or call 463-9595.

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