Award winning singer/songwriter Buddy Mondlock will be performing a record release concert presented by The Ozark Actors Theatre at the Cedar Street Playhouse in Rolla on Friday, February 10th at 7:30 pm. He’ll be joined by Mike Lindauer on fretless electric bass and harmonies.
Buddy Mondlock has a long history of performing in the area going back to his concerts in the mid nineties at the local songwriter venue The Blue Heron. But his connection goes back even further. On his new album “Filament,” his song “Jackson Petty” is about his great great grandfather who, as a child during the civil war, was forced to hide in the cornfields when raiding parties came through. That experience was a scar he carried all his life. He was born on a farm just 30 miles north of Rolla.
In recent years Mondlock has been writing songs with military veterans through a program sponsored by an organization called Music Therapy of the Rockies and he includes several of those songs in his shows. Says Mondlock, “This has been such a powerful experience and I’m honored to have been trusted with these stories of trauma and triumph too.”
Buddy Mondlock’s songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Joan Baez, Guy Clark, David Wilcox, Janis Ian, Peter, Paul and Mary and a host of other artists. Nanci Griffith fans will recognize Mondlock's "Comin' Down In the Rain" from her Grammy Award winning collection, "Other Voices, Other Rooms.” He’s also made his own recordings including a collaboration with Art Garfunkel and Maia Sharp called “Everything Waits To Be Noticed” on EMI/Manhattan Records. His solo release, “The Memory Wall”, reached number 3 on the Folk DJ Charts and was nominated for an Independent Music Award. And his newest album, “Filament,” will be available at the show.
Mondlock began his career in Chicago playing at the famed “Earl of Oldtown” opening for artists like Steve Goodman and Gamble Rogers. But his big break came in 1986 on his first trip to the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Legendary songwriter Guy Clark heard him play a song at the ballad tree and he liked what he heard.
Clark started passing around Mondlock’s demo tapes to music biz professionals in Nashville and his career took off from there. He signed on as a staff songwriter at EMI and soon he was writing songs with the likes of Janis Ian and another young arrival in Nashville named Garth Brooks. Both would eventually record songs they wrote with him.
The show begins at 7:30 pm on Friday February 10th at The Cedar Street Playhouse, 701 N. Cedar Street, Rolla, MO. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for military/student, and $15 for children under 13 and are available at www.OzarkActorsTheatre.org. To learn more about Buddy Mondlock and to hear some of his music visit www.BuddyMondlock.com.