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BRAD COLERICK FINDS NEW STATE OF MIND IN ‘TUCSON’
Singer-Songwriter’s Fourth Solo Album Unveils Life’s Turns
While contemplating his next CD, Brad Colerick found himself drawn to story songs — traveling tunes and folk ballads painting sepia-toned visions of Southwestern vistas, Midwestern prairies, and the ramblers and life gamblers who crisscross them. On the surface, that might suggest he’s fixated on the mythos of a particular region or place. Digging deeper reveals that the Nebraska-raised, California-based songwriter is dealing with the shifting geography of the heart.
“For me, Tucson is not so much a place as a symbol, a state of mind,” he explains while discussing the title track, composed by his friend Dave Plenn. “My grandparents retired to Arizona from Nebraska; now my parents have followed in their footsteps. It’s a transitionary time in all of our lives. But I have this strange feeling that I’ve lost a point of reference, like I’ve just turned down an unfamiliar road.” After hearing Plenn perform “Tucson” at Wine & Song, the weekly songwriter showcase Colerick launched four years ago in South Pasadena, he realized he’d found the touchstone for his next album. Each week at Wine & Song he workshopped original songs that cohered around the emerging theme of time’s passage. The talented cast of characters appearing on this record includes Herb Pedersen, April Verch, Steve Hanson, and former Johnny Cash bassist Dave Roe, who have all sat in with Colerick at various Wine & Song nights and other performances.
“One thing I learned the hard way is to always woodshed the songs. Playing them in your living room by yourself is a totally different experience from playing them with other musicians and listening through the ears of a live audience. That’s where doing this weekly hootenanny has been so valuable for me.” Nine of the 11 songs on Tucson were penned by Colerick and most of the album recorded in Drasco, Arkansas, with producer and guitarist Charlie White.
Full of guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and pedal steel, this record lands firmly into the Americana wheelhouse. The natural imagery and resilient characters of songs like “Late Winter Snow,” “The Hands of Time” and the bluegrassy “Brakeman’s Door” hark back to his Nebraska roots. Even after more than two decades in the Los Angeles area, where he runs his DeepMix music supervision company, Colerick still identifies strongly with the Midwest.
“I’ll always be a flatlander at heart,” he says. “I love California and being part of the singer-songwriter community here, but I don’t think I’ll ever disconnect from that place I come from. The geography and the people tend to seep into my songs and characters. That’s just who I am.”
Nowhere is that more evident than in “This is What I Do (Mighty Keeper),” a melodically uplifting song whose gentle assessment of choices made and missed is couched in his hometown’s daily rhythms. And then there’s the lightly rocking “Blue Horizon,” with its sober depiction of old friends’ paths diverging. It presents a poignant bookend to “Tucson.”
“This feels like a real storytelling period in my life,” Colerick says. “I guess I’m coming to grips a little more with the fact that we’re all aging, and life is moving to a new phase.” For Colerick, this unanticipated turn toward Tucson has resulted in a rich and captivating musical journey
Tickets for “Brad Colerick” are on sale now
Ticket Prices: Main Floor Member $16.00 / Non-Member $18.00 Student $18.00
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To Purchase Tickets for “Brad Colerick” visit In person, by phone 632-4311, or online at MidwestTheater.com
|Into the Woods|
Friday @ 7:30 pm, Saturday @ 7:30 pm, Sunday @ 1:30 pm
Run Time: 2 hr 4 min
Academy Award Nominee
Golden Globe Nominee
Movie Synopsis: As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch (Meryl Streep), a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are childless. Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, a blood-red cape, and a slipper of gold. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest to fulfill a wish.
|CC: The Homestretch|
Community Cinema Present:
Thursday, March 12 @ 7:30 pm
Discussion to follow
Synopsis: Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.
Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal? Will renewables power our future? Get the straight answers to today’s most important energy questions in Switch, the acclaimed new documentary and web video series.
In Switch, energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical. Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, a nonpartisan film, web and outreach effort to increase energy understanding and promote efficiency.
It includes the acclaimed feature documentary, with nearly 3,000,000 viewers in theaters and classrooms worldwide; a huge video-based website with 5 hours of short form video content; and coming soon, a new suite of 5th-12th grade energy education videos co-developed with the American Geological Institute and NEED.org. The project is produced by Arcos Films and directed by Harry Lynch.
FREE admission to “Switch” is provided by NMPP Thursday, March 12th 3:00 pm
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