Next Concert: May 8
MARSHALL CRENSHAW / TOM FREUND (with Wally Ingram)

Marshall Crenshaw

Born in 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw’s first big break came in 1978 playing John Lennon in “Beatlemania,” first as an understudy in New York, then in the West Coast company, followed by a national touring company.

In 1980, Marshall settled in New York City. After crossing paths with the great and legendary Alan Betrock, Marshall recorded his debut single “Something’s Gonna Happen” (for Betrock’s Shake Records label), which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw, was acclaimed as a masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a singular songwriter, record maker, and guitarist. The album spawned the hit single “Someday, Someway,” and other classics such as “(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time,” “Whenever You’re On My Mind” and “Cynical Girl.”

Over the course of a career that’s spanned four decades, 13 albums, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, film and TV appearances (Buddy Holly in “La Bamba”) and thousands of performances, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of artfulness, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.

Marshall currently hosts his own radio show, “The Bottomless Pit”, every Saturday at 10 p.m., and he is iinvolved in the making of a documentary film about legendary record producer Tom Wilson.

We are thrilled to welcome our Detroit homeboy, Marshall Crenshaw, to Tales from the Tavern.

Tom Freund

Tom Freund is a singer-songwriter with a captivating presence.

He has released more than a dozen records, collaborated with legends such as Elvis Costello and Jackson Browne, pulled a half-decade stint on bass for alt-country pioneers The Silos, and has shared bills with countless artists across multiple genres.

Tom’s heartfelt new solo album, East of Lincoln, chronicles a personal journey along the path from self-doubt to enlightenment. It features guest appearances by his longtime friend and collaborator Ben Harper and an all-star cast of session players.

Freund’s first album, 1992’s Pleasure and Pain, was a duo set with Harper. For the next five years, he also toured and recorded with The Silos before releasing North American Long Weekend, his 1998 solo debut on Mercury Records. Freund churned out several additional records while also assisting with projects from Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata, Graham Parker and other notable artists.

The ease with which he delivers conversational lyrics and honeyed melodies reveals a natural magic that is the soul of Tom Freund’s music.

Tom will be joined tonight by Wally Ingram, who’s maybe best known as a member of Timbuk 3. In recent years, he has toured and recorded several records with David Lindley, and he was in the Bob Weir-Phil Lesh “Duo Tour” band.

We are delighted to welcome Tom Freund and Wally Ingram to Tales from the Tavern.

Artists who have performed at Tales from the Tavern:

Priscilla Ahn – Dave Alvin – Phil Alvin – Eric Andersen – Joan Baez – Sam Baker – Marcia Ball – Ryan Bingham
Birds of Chicago – Stephen Bishop – Tim Bluhm – Suzy Bogguss – Ray Bonneville – Bonny “Prince” Billy and The Cairo Gang – Karla Bonoff – Jackie Bristow – Brother Sun – Pieta Brown and Bo Ramsey – Chuck Cannon – Bill Carter – Carlene Carter – Matt Cartsonis – Peter Case – Annabelle Chvostek – Slaid Cleaves – Ron Colone – Elizabeth Cook – Jake Copass – John Corbett – AJ Croce – Joe Crookston – David Crosby – Kacey Cubero – Paul Curreri – Catie Curtis – Greg DeLeon – Grey DeLisle – Kris Delmhorst – Jesse DeNatale – Henry Diltz – Gerald DiPego – John Doe – Donovan – Fred Eaglesmith – Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart – Craig Eastman – Tim Easton – Cliff Eberhardt – Kenny Edwards – Carrie Elkin – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Lauren Ellis – Fabulous Ginn Sisters – Stephanie Finch – Rosie Flores – Steve Forbert – Gib Foss – Jeffrey Foucault – Richie Furay – Tony Furtado – Chris Gaffney – Mary Gauthier – Dan Gerber – Eliza Gilkyson – Tony Gilkyson – John Gorka – Jon Dee Graham – Tracy Grammer – Art Green – Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
John Hammond – Butch Hancock – Andrew Hardin – Michael Reno Harrell – Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen
Tish Hinojosa – Malcolm Holcombe – Rita Hosking – I See Hawks in LA – Janis Ian – Ruby Jane – Jill Knight
Danny Kortchmar – Jimmy LaFave – Patty Larkin – Jim Lauderdale – Phil Lee – Greg Liesz – Bob Lind – David Lindley Juke Logan and Bill Lynch – Shelby Lynne – The Mammals – Michael Martin – Iain Matthews – Anne McCue
Country Joe McDonald – John McEuen – Erin McKeon – Audrey Auld Mezera – Michael on Fire – Katy Moffatt
Steve Moris – RB Morris – Gurf Morlix – Geoff Muldaur – Peter Mulvey – Dan Navarro – Danny O’Keefe – Carla Olson
Beth Orton – Gretchen Peters – Kelly Joe Phelps – Rod Picott – Owen Plant – Steve Poltz – Willy Porter – Steve Postell – Chuck Prophet – The Quebe Sisters – Joel Rafael – Willis Alan Ramsey – Walt Richardson – Kim Richey – Wil Ridge
Tom Rush – Tom Russell – Danny Schmidt – Maia Sharp – Dick Siegel – Darden Smith – Michael Smith – Preston Smith  Chris Smither – JD Souther – Amy Speace – Devon Sproule – Dave Stamey – John Stewart – Gregg Sutton – Eric Taylor  Jack Tempchin – Paul Thorn – Greg Trooper – Teresa Tudury – Karen Tyler – Ian Tyson – Randy Weeks – Kevin Welch –  Corrine West – Cheryl Wheeler – Wheeler Brothers – Kenny White – David Wilcox – Paul Williams – The Young Dubliners