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Liberty Hall welcomes David Berkeley

TYLER, May 8, 2013--The City of Tyler’s Liberty Hall will feature singer, songwriter and author David Berkeley   in concert on Friday, May 17, at 8 p.m., at 103 E. Erwin St.

David Berkeley is an evocative singer-songwriter with "emotional story-telling lyrics, charismatic stage presence, and hilarious anecdotes," said June Wulff, a writer for “The Boston Globe.”

Berkeley was named one of WXPN's Artists to Watch, wrote “Fire Sign” for the CBS series “Without a Trace” and went on to perform on World Café, Mountain Stage, XM’s Loft Sessions, WFUV with John Platt and radio and television stations across the country. He received ASCAP’s Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award and performed on PRI’s “This American Life,” telling the awkward and hilarious story of a private serenade he was hired to perform to help a guy win back an ex-girlfriend. Don't miss this evening with the enchanting David Berkeley featuring songs from his new album “The Fire in my Head.”

“I talk a lot on stage when I perform concerts,” Berkeley said. “I like to set up my songs with stories; stories that aim to make people laugh, stories that relate to the lyrics, stories about how the songs came to be.”

As he was recording his album “Some Kind of Cure,” he realized that he had stories to tell about many of the songs. He decided to tell those story in a book, titled “140 Goats and a Guitar.” The book includes a download code that gives you all the songs from “Some Kind of Cure” for free. The suggestion is that you move through the book alternating between text and music, reading a piece and then listening to its corresponding song. Berkeley will have CD’s and books for sale at the show.

Opening for David Berkeley is Shawn James. Born on the South side of Chicago, James had a hardworking, kind mother and an abusive father. He grew up singing in church and it was there that he found his escape and learned to harness his unique, soulful voice. Now living in Fayetteville, Arkansas and playing a raw, haunting mix of blues, folk and soul music.

 Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online for $18 at www.LibertyTyler.com. If tickets are still available, they may be purchased at the door prior to the show for $25. For more information, call Liberty Hall Manager Anne Payne at 903-595-7274 or “like” on Facebook.

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