Barry Manilow, Joe Walsh and More Set for Wolf Trap, Now thru 8/19
Named one of Rolling Stone’s "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh performs at Wolf Trap in support of his most recent solo album, Analog Man, which was released in June of 2012. Walsh’s musical journey highlights lead guitar gigs with various internationally renowned acts including The James Gang, Barnstorm, The Eagles, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, as well as a thriving solo career that began in 1973. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as a member of The Eagles. Walsh has also experienced continued success as a producer and sought-after session musician, and boasts performances with Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, David Grohl, and Bruce Springsteen.
Video: Joe Walsh – Funk #49 (Live)
Texan singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group take the Wolf Trap stage for an evening of country, folk, pop, and rock fusion. His most recent album, Release Me (2012), is an eclectic compilation of covers of his favorite songs by other influential artists. Though typically identified as a country singer, Lovett stands out by incorporating a wide range of popular musical genres into his original compositions and interpretations. Lovett’s unique wit, lyricism, and outstanding musicianship have garnered him critical praise and growing appreciation from mainstream audiences. Since 1980, he has led a highly successful solo career – having recorded 13 albums and received four GRAMMY Awards.
Video: Lyle Lovett – If I Had A Boat (Live)
GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter John Prine returns to Wolf Trap after his last appearance in 2011. His latest album release, The Singing Mailman Delivers (2011), features Prine’s earliest studio and live recordings dating back to the beginning of his career in 1970. From his humble days working as a mailman to being discovered as a night performer in the Chicago club scene, John Prine remains true to his country and folk roots through the poetry in his compositions. Commonly referred to as a “songwriter’s songwriter,” Prine is vastly admired in the music industry for his eloquent writing and inspiring lyrics. Some of the prominent artists that have recorded his songs include Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, The Everly Brothers, Kris Kristofferson, and Carly Simon, among others.
Video: John Prine - In Spite of Ourselves (Live)
Versatile country singer Emmylou Harris performs at Wolf Trap for the second consecutive summer, following her latest appearance to promote her 2011 album, Hard Bargain. Harris’s career spans for over four decades and it highlights her unparalleled talents as a soloist, duet
partner, and backing vocalist. She lived and performed in New York City and Tennessee before relocating to the D.C. area, where she met mentor and country icon Gram Parsons, a vital influence in her development as an artist. Harris’s first solo debut, Pieces of the Sky (1975), is a collection of covers that brought her five hit singles in the country music charts. She also has collaborated with numerous well-known artists including Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Little Feat, and Neil Young. Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. She has won 12 GRAMMY Awards and three Country Music Association Awards.
Video: Emmylou Harris – Sweet Dreams (Live)
Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 8pm
Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8pm
After almost two decades, Barry Manilow will once again grace the Wolf Trap stage with his smooth voice and charming persona. Manilow’s romantic ballads and lounge-pop classics have guaranteed him a leading place in the adult contemporary music genre for over 30 years. In the early ‘70s, Manilow served as Bette Midler’s pianist, arranger, and musical director before landing his own record deal. Since then, the legendary star has delivered 14 top 10 singles and over 30 albums, with worldwide sales surpassing 80 million records. Manilow is the recipient of three American Music Awards, two Emmys, and one GRAMMY, among other recognitions. His most recent album, 15 Minutes (2011), debuted in the top ten of Billboard’s Top 200. Manilow is currently a headliner at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.
Video: Barry Manilow - I Made It Through The Rain (Live)
Multi-talented singer and activist Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Wolf Trap after her most recent appearance in 2010. Carpenter was born in New Jersey but moved to Washington, D.C. as a teenager. She performed regularly in D.C.’s nightclub music scene and eventually secured a deal with Columbia Records in the ‘80s. The singer/songwriter fuses country, folk, and rock with original material and a distinctive style, which attracts a wide range of music enthusiasts from all genres. Her unique alto voice, powerful lyrics and charisma make her a favorite of critics and audiences alike. In recent years, her writing has become more mature and introspective focusing on social, political, and personal issues. Carpenter’s most successful album to date, Come On Come On (1992), was certified quadruple platinum in the U.S. She has received five GRAMMY Awards, and is the only artist to win in the Best Female Country Vocal Performance category for four consecutive years.
Video: Mary Chapin Carpenter – Down At The Twist And Shout
Folk singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III brings wit, humor, and great music to his upcoming performance at Wolf Trap. The North Carolina native began his career in the ‘60s as a young musician playing in folk clubs in Boston and New York. He eventually landed a deal with Atlantic Records, which led to the release of his first self-titled album, Loudon Wainwright III, in 1970. Wainwright’s self-mocking style and candid tunes have developed a loyal following among folk music fans. He won the GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project in 2010. Wainwright is also an accomplished actor having appeared in the TV show M*A*S*H* and in films such as The Aviator, Big Fish, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Knocked Up, for which he also composed the soundtrack.
Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 8pm
$50 in-house, $35 lawn
Georgian country singer Alan Jackson makes his first appearance at Wolf Trap in an exciting performance showcasing some of his biggest hits, including Where Were You and Chatahoochee. His most recent album, Thirty Miles West (2012), was recorded for his own label, Alan Country Records, and it features the singles “Long Way to Go” and “So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore.” Jackson debuted in 1989 with the album Here In The Real World, which launched his career as a country superstar. He is widely known for his honky-tonk sound and classic country boy image, which capture the essence of the country music genre. Since the ‘90s, Jackson has recorded more than 15 albums, earned 35 number 1 singles, and received numerous honors including 17 Academy of Country Music awards and two GRAMMY Awards.