Buddy Mondlock writes
songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his
songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian, to name
just a few. But theres nothing like hearing the guy who wrote em sing em.
Hes not going to pin your ears back with those songs. Hes going to draw
you into his world. Where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a
relationship, where you get your pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you
might swim over the edge of the world if youre not careful and where dreams
that dont come true still count. And it can all be happening in a little
folk club or on a stage by a grassy hill or in someones living room or in
the Royal Albert Hall.
His new album, The
Edge of the World, is his most personal recording to date. The song cycle
is an introspective journey from childhood through to the disintegration of
a marriage and beyond. And while always a wry observer of the social
interactions of human beings, the song Big Fish, Shallow Water takes on a
political edge as well. Buddy did most of the playing and singing himself,
with a little help from longtime friend, bassist Mike Lindauer. Then
co-producer Jim Tullio added just the right sonic touches of percussion and
atmospheric guitar to glue it all together.
When Buddy's not on the road you can find him in Nashville but he grew up in
Park Forest Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He didnt have a troubled
childhood. His parents were nice to him. They paid for guitar lessons when
he was ten and they never said, when are you going to get a real job? He
sang Crosby, Stills and Nash songs with his sisters and answered his little
brothers questions from the top bunk. A few years away at college puzzling
over Homer and Plato and then he was back. Living in the big city this time
and playing open mics at Chicagos crucible for songwriters in those days,
the famed Earl of Old town. He once opened for the amazing Steve Goodman
there on New Years Eve. Buddy was 21. Says he could have walked out of
there that night and gotten hit by a bus and he wouldnt have felt like life
cheated him at all.
When Buddy made his first trip to Texas Guy Clark heard him singing one of
his songs under a tree at the Kerrville Folk Festival and liked it. So Guy
went back to Nashville, opened the door and said, listen to this kid, hes
good! A publishing deal and a U-Haul headed south soon followed. People
were starting to pay attention. In 1987 he was a New Folk Award Winner at
Kerrville and he released his first album called On the Line. In the next
few years David Wilcox recorded The Kid on his first record for A&M. Buddy
did some writing with this other new kid in town named Garth Brooks. Janis
Ian heard him singing at the Bluebird Cafe and asked him if hed like to
write with her. Their song Amsterdam got recorded by Joan Baez. Nanci
Griffith asked Buddy to sing on a show she was taping for Irish television.
She ended up liking that song so much that she recorded Comin Down In the
Rain on her Grammy Award winning collection Other Voices, Other Rooms.
Garth became a star and Every Now and Then ended up on his album The
Buddy was touring all over the country by this time playing coffeehouses
and the occasional festival (he was a regular on the main stage at Kerrville
by now). And there were trips to Europe too. Buddys second album, produced
by Steve Addabbo, got picked up by Son Records, a small label in Ireland
started by the lads from U2 and he was well received on the island of poets.
1996 was a good year. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded The Kid and then asked
the kid himself to sing with them on their Great Performances TV special.
He won a Kerrville Music Award for song of the year that autumn for The
In 1998 he released his third album, Poetic Justice, and it got picked up
by EMI Records in Canada and Ireland and by Proper Music in the UK when
British DJ Bob Harris began playing songs from it on BBC radio. Tours with
fellow Nashville songwriter Carol Elliott followed to an enthusiastic
reception by both sets of fans.
In 2000 Buddy was approached by producer Billy Mann who had a unique project
in mind. Buddy collaborated with the legendary Art Garfunkel and the
wonderfully musical Maia Sharp. The three of them wrote and recorded an
album together called Everything Waits To Be Noticed, released on
Manhattan/EMI in late 2002 to critical acclaim. The trio toured all over
America and Europe in support, singing together like feathers in a wing.
Now Buddys back with a new solo recording, hitting the road performing and
leading songwriting workshops, and of course, writing songs. Cause thats
what he does and thats who he is. Lean in and listen, you wont be sorry.