Southern songwriters at Gayville Saturday

Southern songwriters at Gayville Saturday Mike Craver's musicals and performances have graced stages from New York and Los Angeles all the way to Dodge City, KS, and, soon, Gayville. He has been compared to Cole Porter, David Frishberg, and Noel Coward.

Craver plays piano and sings some of this original music in concert with fellow North Carolina songwriter and fiddler, Bill Hicks, and wife Libby, on guitar, at Gayville Hall Saturday at 8 p.m.

A North Carolina native who lived many years in Chapel Hill, Craver first gained attention during his 13 years with the Red Clay Ramblers. With that group, he toured Europe and appeared off-Broadway in Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind.

Craver performed in Smoke on the Mountain before writing songs and music for two more successful off-Broadway shows in which he appeared, The Oil City Symphony and Radio Gals.

Craver's musicals have also been produced at regional venues like the Pasadena Playhouse, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Milwaukee Repertory Company.

In addition to nine Red Clay Rambler albums and two original cast recordings, Craver has made three solo CDs. He has been featured many times on radio's A Prairie Home Companion.

Bill Hicks played in the Fuzzy Mountain String Band of Durham, N.C., and co-founded the Red Clay Ramblers. Since retiring from the band in 1981, he has performed in a duo with his wife Libby, who is a singer, guitarist and keyboard player. Their recordings are on the Copper Creek label.

Gayville Hall is at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for an advance reserved seat. Call 605-267-2859.

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