Award-winning songwriter Craig Carothers returns to his native Oregon for a solo acoustic performance at the Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. With a wry sense of humor and deft songwriting, Carothers has been charming audiences for more than 30 years, from his roots in Portland to the stages of Nashville. Tickets are $18 advance or $22 the day of the performance.
A Walters’ favorite with a loyal Northwest following, Carothers began his career in the coffeehouses and nightclubs of Portland. Early airplay support from Portland’s KINK FM helped Carothers reach a broad Northwest audience — an audience that exploded in 1995 when Trisha Yearwood recorded Carothers’ song, “Little Hercules.”
“Completely at ease in front of the cozy [Hill Country] West audience, the masterful storyteller tickled his fans with finely tuned humor,” says Gloria McFall, writing for Portland Radio Project. “Serious or kidding? You’re never sure with Carothers…The virtuoso songwriter/guitarist, distinguished by his buttery voice, only keeps getting better after performing live for more than 30 years.”
Now making his home in the heart of country and folk music, Carothers is a regular on the stage of Nashville’s Bluebird Café. In recent years, when he’s not touring or writing for himself, he’s co-written songs with Bruce Hornsby, Don Schlitz, Maia Sharp, and others. Following on the success of “Little Hercules,” many artists have recorded Carothers’ witty and poignant songs, including Kathy Mattea, Lorrie Morgan, Sons of the Desert, and Peter, Paul and Mary.
Carothers’ songwriting is heartbreakingly beautiful and scathingly funny, delivered with a lively deadpan smile and a voice that’s downright swoony. Discover why his performances over the years have been described as “truly magical,” and experience the moving compositions of this home-grown talent with national appeal.
More information about this performance and the 2018-19 Concert Series is available at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts and tickets can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com, by calling 503-615-3485, or in person at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro.
Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee and Tea. With thanks to our series sponsor, Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton.
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