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David Wilcox Returned to Perform at Smothers
For the sixteenth consecutive year, vocalist and guitarist David Wilcox brought his original songs, wit, and warmth to Pepperdine University’s Smothers Theatre on Apr. 28.
Wilcox, a native of suburban Cleveland, was inspired to take up the guitar in college after hearing a fellow student play “Buckets of Rain” by Bob Dylan. Six months later, Wilcox was writing his first songs.
With influences such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Motown, he has forged his own instantly recognizable style—apparent on his 1987 debut, "The Nightshift Watchman," and growing more confident through subsequent albums, including "How Did You Find Me Here" (1989), "Home Again" (1991), "Turning Point" (1997), "What You Whispered" (2000), "Live Songs and Stories" (2002), and "Into the Mystery" (2003).
In 2005, Wilcox recorded "Out Beyond Ideas" with vocalist Nance Pettit, and he is set to release another solo album, titled "VISTA," in June. "Music is sacred ground," David says. "It's a place where you have to tell the truth about what you've been through, who you are, and where you're going. I love how a good song can show you the world through someone else's eyes in three minutes." Wilcox's Web site portrays the new album, "VISTA," as communicating a down to earth style. The album is inspired by travel, true love, loving music, and following one's heart until finally arriving at the "VISTA."