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Songwriter Sundays featuring: David Childers

One Time Event
05/26/2024 - 05/26/2024
Yonder Franklin NC 28734

Join us for our first show of our Summer Concert Series as we welcome back our good friend and talented songwriter, David Childers.
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MOUNT HOLLY, North Carolina — Singer-songwriter David Childers is the proverbial study in contradictions. A resident of Mount Holly, North Carolina, he’s a former high-school football player with the aw-shucks demeanor of a good ol’ Southern boy. But he’s also a well-read poet and painter who cites Chaucer and Kerouac as influences, fell in love with folk as a teen, listens to jazz and opera, and fed his family by practicing law before turning in his license to concentrate on his creative passions.

The legal profession’s loss is certainly the music world’s gain. Childers’ new album, Run Skeleton Run, releasing May 5, 2017 on Ramseur Records, is filled with the kinds of songs that have made him a favorite of fans and fellow artists including neighbors the Avett Brothers. Scott Avett contributes to four tracks, and Avetts bassist Bob Crawford co-executive-produced the effort with label head Dolph Ramseur. (Crawford and Childers, both history buffs, have recorded and performed together in the Overmountain Men).

Childers has always regarded his place in the musical pantheon as that of an outsider, though not deservedly so. As those involved with this album indicate, he’s well-regarded among tastemakers. Evidence includes playing the syndicated World Café and Mountain Stage radio shows (he’s done the latter twice), as well as Merlefest’s mainstage. He’s also toured in Europe, and hopes to again. But he credits the support of Crawford and Ramseur with helping him sustain his musical career — which began in college, though he didn’t start recording until the ’90s.

Childers’ father had given him a banjo when he was 14, but he still had his “jock mentality” back then and didn’t do much with it. That changed when he picked up a guitar at 18.

His album, Serpents of Reformation, delved into religion; this time, several songs address aging and the perspective of a man in review mode — a perspective he sums up on the final track, “Goodbye to Growing Old,” written with Theresa Halfacre. It approaches the subject with a mix of acceptance and defiance.

Childers has been called a true North Carolina treasure – the kind of treasure who can spread joy wherever people love listening to great songs. In other words, just about anywhere. Or everywhere.
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DETAILS: Suggested donation $20+ for musicians. Shows are held on our lawn, house show style – bring a chair or blanket if you wish. We are Kid Friendly + Dog Friendly. Our amazing locally sourced market is Open til 6pm for your beverage + snack needs – yes, you may bring a cooler. Parking can get interesting but it all works out – park in our lot, along Hillcrest Avenue (do not block driveways or disturb neighbors yards – we want to remain in good standing with these folks, please), Smart Pharmacy (behind us) is an option but NO OVERNIGHT PARKING, and same goes for the accounting office adjacent Hillcrest Ave. Prepare to walk, but not far.

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