Buddy Mondlock knows a wide range of musical artists spanning rock ’n’ roll to country twang.
His songs have been recorded by Garth Brooks, Joan Baez, Guy Clark, David Wilcox, Janis Ian, Edwin McCain and Peter, Paul and Mary to name a few.
He has even collaborated with Art Garfunkel and Maia Sharp. The three wrote songs together and recorded them as a trio before touring the US and Europe in 2003.
His latest solo release, “The Memory Wall,” has reached No. 3 on the Folk DJ Charts and was nominated for an Independent Music Award.
Now, the award-winning singer/songwriter will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at The Crimson Moon, 24 Park St., in downtown Dahlonega.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Mondlock began his career in Chicago playing at the famed “Earl of Oldtown,” opening for artists such as Steve Goodman and Gamble Rogers. But his big break came in 1986 on his first trip to the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Legendary songwriter Guy Clark heard him play a song at the ballad tree, essentially an open stage where anyone could sign up to sing.
Clark liked what he heard. He started passing around Mondlock’s demo tapes to music professionals in Nashville and his career took off from there. He signed on as a staff songwriter at EMI and soon was writing songs with the likes of Janis Ian and another young arrival in Nashville named Garth Brooks. Both would eventually record songs they wrote with him.