Jon Vezner with Jeff Gilkinson (Ballroom)
Grammy award-winning songwriter, Nashville based, Jon Vezner is a tunesmith of rare sensitivity and dry wit. His catalogue of recorded songs reflects his straight-to-the heart sensibility and emotional awareness. Vezner weaves the particulars of his own feelings with the lives of people he has known into universal themes that deeply touch listeners’ emotions. Jon will be joined by cellist Jeff Gilkinsin.
Vezner was honored with a Grammy for “Best Country Song” and the Nashville Songwriters Association “Song of the Year” in 1990, for “Where’ve You Been”, the true story of Vezner’s grandparents, co-written with Don Henry, and recorded by Kathy Mattea. “Where’ve You Been” was also honored as “Song of the Year” by the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM).
Jon’s catalogue of songs reads like a songbook itself, interpreted and recorded by the greats in the business as varied as the songs themselves; artists such as Martina McBride, Janis Ian, John Mellencamp, Nancy Griffith, Faith Hill, Clay Walker, Diamond Rio and Native American recording artist, Bill Miller.
“Jon Vezner writes about the ‘details,’ the details of our hearts . . . he transforms them into something extraordinary.” - Mary-Chapin Carpenter
"Jon Vezner is one of the best songwriters I know.” - Janis Ian
Opener: Jane Fallon is an award winning singer/songwriter with a smooth, rich voice who writes intelligent, well-crafted songs of unusual intellectual depth, humor and musicality. With vocals that have been called “angelic” and “mesmerizing”, (Metronome Magazine) her original songs “combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual.” (Wildy’s World).
Special Guest: Award winning Canadian artist, Nancy Beaudette, who has co-written with Jon Vezner, continues to engage and delight audiences in North America at venues throughout the country. “It’s rare to find someone with the level of depth and sensitivity in their songwriting... Nancy stands out above the crowd.” - Barbara Cloy