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Songwriter hosts workshop and concert at the State

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Long one of the most respected songwriters on the club scene, Cliff Eberhardt will lead a Songwriting Workshop and perform in concert at the State Theatre.

Eberhardt knew by age 7 that he was going to be a singer and songwriter. Living near one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast, he cut his teeth experiencing artists such as James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Bonnie Raitt. At 15 he began touring, playing the eastern club circuit before progressing to iconic New York clubs: The Bitter End, the Speakeasy, and Folk City.

Eberhardt’s first album, 1990’s “The Long Road,” was released to outstanding critical response. He recorded five more albums before his critically acclaimed “The High Above” and the “Down Below” was named the No. 5 album of 2007 by USA Today.

In recent years, Eberhardt was hired by the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C., to write original songs for the Shakespeare classic “The Taming of the Shrew,” set in the old west — “Deadwood” style. Eberhardt was casted as the saloon singer, bookending scenes with his poignant songs and guitar phrases. The play was a huge success and won much critical acclaim and seven weeks of sold-out shows.

The workshop focuses on editing and improving attendees’ song to make it more powerful to their  listening audience. Attendees must be able to play and bring a musical instrument.