RICHARD BICKNELL has been a popular Atlanta performer since the late 1980s. His brand of folk-rock draws from the work of such Texas singer songwriters as Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith and Eric Taylor. Bicknell and his band, The Shameless Lovers, are currently at work on a fourth album, Shakedusting Lazarus. Bicknell’s brand of folk-rock draws from the work of such Texas singer songwriters as Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith and Eric Taylor.
What’s the first gig you ever attended?
The first concert I ever saw was the Osmond Brothers at the Honolulu International Center. I was 12 years old.
What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?
Every performance has its own identity, and there have been so many incredible moments. It was a dream come true to open for Emmylou Harris, who is a big influence and whose albums have introduced me to so many other great songwriters. Another incredible experience was taking part in a writers-in-the-round concert at Eddie’s Attic with some of my favorite songwriters, Eric Taylor, David Olney and Denice Franke.
What is the best gig you have ever seen?
It’s so hard to zero in on one performance. I’ve seen so many. Hearing Townes van Zandt at Blind Willie’s was life changing for me. Another performance that comes to mind was Rickie Lee Jones’ spellbinding performance at the Variety Playhouse.
Gig you would most like to play?
I’d love to perform on Late Night with David Letterman. I can dream, can’t I?
What would be the lineup for your dream gig?
My band, the Shakedusters, on a double bill with Nanci Griffith and the Blue Moon Orchestra.
See Richard Bicknell at Eddie’s Attic, January 26th!