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  Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Chril Vallillo CD Release Concert   

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Hickory Ridge Concert Series: Chril Vallillo CD Release Concert

  • Location: ISM Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown
  • Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Illinois singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo will celebrate the release of his 7th recording The Last Day of Winter with a special CD release concert Saturday March 16, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Hickory Ridge Concert Series at the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, IL.  Vallillo, who has long been known as a musician who makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song, will be joined by Grammy nominated percussionist Rocky Maffit for the show which will be videotaped for later broadcast. 
While some might disagree, Vallillo clearly believes “There is no such thing as too many guitars!”  And with this new recording, he takes that claim seriously.  For years he collected and restored old stringed instruments, some high quality, most quite inexpensive, but each with its own unique voice.   With The Last Day of Winter, Vallillo uses this unique collection of voices to create a distinctive recording of original and American roots music heavily featuring his unique bottleneck slide playing. “Of all styles of playing, for me, slide guitar is the most intimate.” said Vallillo.  “It’s an emotive style of playing that can make a slow song simmer and a fast piece burn and I wanted to focus on that style of playing for this project.”
While seventeen different vintage instruments are featured on the CD, Vallillo expects to have between 8 and 10 on stage with him that night performing music that ranges from classic Americana melodies such as The Water Is Wide and Old Joe Clark to original songs like the poignant Lettie’s Song or the beautiful song of harvest time, Silhouette Against the Stars.

One of our Hickory Ridge Concert Series

The Hickory Ridge Concert Series is supported in part by a grant from the Two River’s Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Hickory Ridge Concert Series is hosted by singer-songwriter Chris Vallillo. Concerts are held the 3rd Saturday of every month at Dickson Mounds Museum and begin at 7:00 p.m. with the museum lobby opening at 6:00 p.m. Coffee, drinks, and a variety of desserts are available during intermission. There is an admission charge of $8.00 per adult and $5.00 for children under 12. Sitting is limited to the first 150 people. You can also visit the concert series web site at

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