Marc Cohn with Tom Steele
After winning a GRAMMY for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.
Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade” and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.”
Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn’s early records for Atlanta, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998, Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with Join the Parade. Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.
About his album Listening Booth: 1970, a collection of reimagined classics from that seminal year in music, Rolling Stone said, “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons – a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own.” In late 2014, Cohn released, “The Coldest Corner in the World,” the title song to the documentary Tree Man and his first original song released in more than seven years.
On March 25, 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Marc proudly released Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities and the bonus album, Evolution of a Record, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album and the Grammy Award that followed.
Tom Steele is a lifelong Cincinnatian, multiple Emmy Award winner and the voice or composer behind hundreds of beloved radio and television jingles (“Your best buy’s at Furniture Fair,” “Tim Hogan’s the way to buy carpet,” Gold Star Chili, Dreamland Waterbeds, JTM, LaRosa’s and more). He is also a sought-after singer / songwriter who spent decades playing the Queen City’s most iconic local music venues. Tom’s film compositions for the locally produced and nationally aired documentaries “Everyday Freedom Heroes” and “Four Plus Two: Tales from the Pet Lover’s Heart” earned him two Emmy Awards. His recent sold-out concert, “Young Forever” at The Redmoor, offered a retrospective of his sweetly tuneful library of poignant, funny and heartwarming original songs. Tom is joined by his light jazz quartet, SLICE, featuring Rick Hagee (keyboard, vocals), Steve Gallant (flute, sax, EWI) and Mike Russell (drums).
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Other Upcoming Shows
Richard Thompson (solo, acoustic) with Joan Shelley
Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Grammy-nominated Richard Thompson is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. His mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar, along with dizzying energy and onstage wit, continue to earn him new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in Folk Rock history.