They are back and better than ever. Guitar legends Ed Gerhard and Bill Mize return to Northeast State Community College for a free Christmas concert on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts Theatre on the College’s Blountville campus. The duo will perform instrumental Christmas and holiday favorites as well as selected original works.
From Tokyo to Rome and venues across the US, Ed Gerhard’s music has touched audiences all over the world. Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard captivates his audiences with virtuosity, generosity and sly humor. Based truly on the quality of his work, Ed built his considerable reputation, beginning with his debut album Night Birds in 1987. It garnered a spot in the Boston Globe Critics Poll Top 10 Albums of the Year.
He has released his eighth CD Sunnyland in homage to his early blues heroes. He was awarded a Grammy for his inclusion on the CD Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar. Warner Brothers, MelBay and Hal Leonard have all released Ed Gerhard’s music in books.
Also a Grammy-winning guitarist and renowned instrumentalist, Bill Mize is a son of Tennessee, and a more fitting representative of his state’s rich musical heritage would be hard to find. His critically lauded fingerstyle compositions are fluid and intricate, and their delivery masterful. The links to his Tennessee roots are unmistakable, but so are the elements of the far wider musical realm he inhabits, and the mixture is as intoxicating as Tennessee moonshine.
He has released albums Sugarlands, Tender Explorations, Coastin’, and Joyful Noise. His release, The Angel’s Share, was called one of the “essential acoustic albums” to own by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Bill has put the finishing touches on his newest recording, The Back of Beyond. This recording pays homage to Bill’s Smoky Mountain heritage with brand new acoustic guitar compositions, plus a stirring cover of Piazzolla’s “Milonga del Angel”.