For immediate release September 21, 2011
All-star tribute to the late singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey
NOVEMBER 17TH AT Somerville Theatre
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Profits to benefit MusiCares
Peter Case, Shawn Colvin, Barry Crimmins, Mark Erelli, John Gorka, David Johansen, Peter Keane, Fred Koller, Patty Larkin, Cormac McCarthy, and Pete Nelson will share the stage at the Somerville Theatre on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00PM to pay tribute to friend, mentor, and fellow troubadour Bill Morrissey who passed away from heart failure on July 23. Singer-songwriter Cliff Eberhardt and David Dye, host of the nationally syndicated NPR radio show, World Café, will co-host this very special event.
Profits from the event will be donated to MusiCares, a not-for profit division of the National Academy Of the Recording Arts and Sciences. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. “Friend of Mine: The Bill Morrissey Tribute Concert” is co-produced by Great Northeast Productions, Inc. and Ellen Karas.
Bill Morrissey was a songwriters’ songwriter. He was loved by many of his peers as a truly literate writer whose hard scrabble characters and fast wit won him critical acclaim from such national media outlets as Rolling Stone Magazine, National Public Radio and The New York Times.
Stephen Holden, for the New York Times, once wrote, "Mr. Morrissey's songs have the force of poetry...a terseness, precision of detail and a tone of laconic understatement that relate his lyrics to the stories of writers like Raymond Carver and Richard Ford.”
Between 1984 and 2007 Morrissey released 12 highly acclaimed albums and published the novel, “Edson” (Knopf). His live performance schedule took him from small coffeehouses to major concert venues like Carnegie Hall to prestigious festivals including Newport and Kerrville.