Idlewheel combines the considerable talents of Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud, two veteran highly acclaimed Country music songwriters and musicians with numerous chart topping hits under their well worn belts. Jack Sundrud moved to Nashville in 1981, where he became a touring bassist/singer with some of the top acts there, including Vince Gill, Dickie Betts, Nicolette Larson and Kathy Mattea. His own band “Great Plains” was signed to Columbia Records and released two albums, with Sundrud receiving writing credits on two of their charting singles.
Craig Bickhardt’s first big break came in 1982, when he wrote and sang two songs for Robert Duvall’s Academy Award-winning film “Tender Mercies.” Craig then moved to Nashville where he joined the hit country trio, Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch and Paul Overstreet (SKO) when Overstreet left the group. Renamed SKB, they scored three more hits from their acclaimed “No Easy Horses” CD including the #8 Billboard Country hit “Givers and Takers” penned by Bickhardt.
Since then both men have continued to write, record, and tour; both individually and in other groups. Jack Sundrud has been a member of the legendary Country Rock band Poco continually since 2000, with earlier stints with that group dating back to the eighties. Craig Bickhard’s songs and co-writes have been recorded by artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the Judds, and Tricia Yearwood; including four Country Music No. 1 hits. Jack Sundrud similarly has writing credits on recordings by the likes of Kenny Rogers, The Judds, The Persuasions, and Ty Herndon whose number one hit “It Must Be Love” was co-written by Jack and, you guessed it, Craig Bickhardt.
No Depression Magazine notes “Country music today has some wonderful artists yet, the majority of their material is marginal at best. Stories that have been told countless times, subjects that have been sung about ad nauseum. But, Idlewheel manages to cut through this and think, and compose songs with fluidity, intense and embraceable subjects”.
In reviewing Idlewheel’s Live at Morningstar CD they write: “If you are looking for well-written songs, harmonies, wonderful musicianship and songs with drama that are reflective, biting and versatile – this may be an ideal collection”
Some Additional Idlewheel reviews:
“Bickhardt has a pure, smooth romantic vocal style while Sundrud’s gritty emotive timbre provides an appealing contrast, together they blend convincingly. There is a knowing, rough-hewn wisdom to much of these songs. They convey believable real life experiences rather than slickly produced, though emotionally bereft material one often associates with Nashville.” – Maverick Magazine
“a dazzling blend of chemistry and craft.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“chock full of sparkling songs, emotions and performances” – Sound Waves Magazine
The Empire State Railway Museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York. Tickets are $18 at the door or $15 with an advance RSVP. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 7:00 p.m. This is an intimate venue with seating for approximately 50 guests.
Seats can be reserved by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Flying Cat Music at 845-688-9453. RSVPs must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the show in order to confirm seat availability. Advance seats can only be guaranteed until 7:20 p.m., so please arrive early to claim them.
Video of Idlewheel Performing “So Bad”