The Sundilla Acoustic Series will continue Friday, March 5 with a performance from Cliff Eberhardt with special guest Louise Mosrie.
Eberhardt and Mosrie first met in 2009 at the Kerrville Festiville of the Arts in Kerrville, Texas.
“He was teaching the song school [at the festival],” Mosrie said, “and I thought he was brilliant.”
The pair decided to tour together after Eberhardt arranged and produced all of the songs for her album “Lay It Down” in 2013. Eberhardt still occasionally plays solo.
Tickets for this show are $15 in advanced and $18 at the door.
Mosrie, a singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tenn., will be opening the show.
Mosrie started her career as a songwriter by trying her hand at writing acoustic pop music. Her transition to folk music happened after she found herself suddenly writing more about her Southern upbringing and the surrounding culture.
She now describes her musical sound as “Southern soulful folk,” and said she considers Eberhardt one of her inspirations when writing music.
“I’ve learned to stop questioning where the songs come from and just follow it,” she said. “Cliff [Eberhardt] has been introducing me to a whole other world of melody writing. I’m trying to broaden my melodic vocabulary.”
Mosrie has won several songwriting competitions across the country, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Competition, the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Songwriting Contest and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase.
Eberhardt is a legendary songwriter from the Greenwich Village folk heydays of the 1980s and 1990s, according to Mosrie.
He has toured with folk icon Richie Havens and has a duet with Havens on his first album, “The Long Road.”
His resume includes commercial advertising jingles for Coke, Miller Beer and Chevrolet, and his first album still gets airplay on folk stations worldwide. Additionally, Eberhardt has toured across the United States and Europe.
In 2013, Cliff was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Sound Design. The award was for his original work for “The Taming of the Shrew” put on by the Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Library in Washington DC.
The Sundilla Acoustic Series is a nonprofit, cultural organization whose mission is to bring professional touring musicians from outside the area to Auburn, Alabama.
The series operates year-round and usually holds 12 concerts on different Fridays throughout the year. Though not affiliated with any religion, the concerts are held at the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, located at 450 Thatch Avenue.