(STOCKBRIDGE, Mass.) – Country-folk singer-songwriter Bobby Sweet brings his award-winning, Berkshire-bred brand of folk-rock to the Unicorn Theatre Patio on the Stockbridge campus of Berkshire Theatre Group on Saturday, August 22, at 7pm, as part of Bobbie’s Summer Series. Sweet will be joined by fellow musicians Pete Adams and Abe Guthrie for this program, called “The Grace of a Song.”
Bobby Sweet has shared billing with many top country and folk artists, including Vince Gill, Bill Staines, Martin Sexton, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Jonathan Edwards. As a sought-after lead guitarist, he has played shows opening for George Jones, Diamond Rio, Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, the Bellamy Brothers, Waylon Jennings, and many others.
Sweet played guitar with Arlo Guthrie on Guthrie’s “50th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant” tour, which included performances at Carnegie Hall, New Orleans Jazz Festival, and A Prairie Home Companion, among many other landmark venues.
In 2011, he was selected as a New Folk Finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival, and his songs have also received honorable mentions from the New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest, the UK Songwriting Contest, the Billboard Songwriting Contest, and the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.
Sweet has written many songs that have aired on TV programs including Nashville, Touched By An Angel, Walker Texas Ranger, Soul Food, Judging Amy, Brotherhood and several others. He also had a featured song in the Danny DeVito/Bette Midler movie “Drowning Mona.” His instrumental and vocal work have been featured on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and a host of other independent album projects.
When not busy writing, recording, and performing his own songs, Sweet works as a freelance producer and recording engineer, lending more than 20 years of studio experience to artists of varying styles, ranging from folk to Americana to world music.
Stylistically, Bobby Sweet’s music resides somewhere between John Prine, Jackson Browne, Guy Clark, and a countryfied Bruce Springsteen. An engaging storyteller, he is at home on the stage, whether performing solo, with his eclectic trio, or with a full band.
Seating for this concert will be under a tent outdoors just outside the Unicorn Theatre patio, and patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for use on the grass. Grounds will open at 6pm and the performance will begin at 7pm. Food will be available for purchase.