(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn, best known for his signature tune, “Walking in Memphis,” performs at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday, February 25, at 8pm. Cohn’s short-story songwriting style is heavily influenced by Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne, and he is often named among the most personal and introspective lyricists of his generation.
Cohn burst onto the scene in 1991 on the heels of “Walking In Memphis,” one of the most resonant songs to make the Top 40 in the last twenty years. The Best New Artist Grammy Award for 1991 soon followed.
As important as Cohn’s calling card is, loyal fans already know that “Walking in Memphis” is a great opening track on a classic record and also the beginning of a larger story that continues to this day. With his band, Cohn performs songs from his new album, “Join the Parade,” as well as classics hits including “Ghost Train,” “Silver Thunderbird,” “Perfect Love” and “True Companion.”
On his 2010 hit album, “Listening Booth: 1970,” Cohn transformed songs from such artists as Cat Stevens, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Bread into tracks that are warm, soulful, more than a little sexy and full of easy-going charm. Collaborating with longtime producer-arranger-multi-instrumentalist and fellow Grammy Award winner John Leventhal, Cohn doesn’t merely recreate the sounds of this storied time. These highly personal interpretations say as much about Cohn’s own history — his experiences, his memories, his inspirations — as about the legacy of these songs.
Tickets to Marc Cohn are $40. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at Colonial Theatre. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.