January 14, 2012: James Lee Stanley & Cliff Eberhardt

For our second inaugural concert, this one open to friends and a few fans who heard about the performance from the musicians' website (or even from the Falls Church News-Press story that ran this week), we welcomed veteran singer-songwriters James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt.   They're touring with a new album (each have dozens of solo albums under their belt), one that features acoustic reinterpretations of 12 classic songs from The Doors.  The story of how that happened is here, but curiously this album is semi-officially endorsed by two surviving Doors members, John Densmore (drummer) and Robby Krieger (guitarist), who also have guest appearances on the album.

The Doors songs were a real treat, but like others I found myself craving to hear more of their own verses.  From Cliff's raspy, bluesy songs of "unrequited love" to James Lee's silky-smooth ballads, like his poignant homage to his mother, they filled the room both with heart-felt singing, and crazy, crazy humor.  Indeed, I think it will be a long time before we will get such a riotous pair as these two at our house again!

Through their banter and their music, we really got to know these guys last night, and it was a great pleasure to rub up against two men who are such talented and dedicated artists -- and nice people. 

We'll look forward to running into them again down the road.  Most immediately, we'll be on the look-out for Cliff, who has written music for -- and will be performing on stage at -- the Folger Theater's May-June production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," with a new setting in an Old West saloon!


  1. Sandra, Washington DC.January 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    It was a great concert! It was a real priviledge to hear James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt in such an intimate setting. Their personal warmth and humour help create a fabulous context in which to hear some amazing music. I was particularly pleased that they each played some of their own individual work as well as songs from their phenomenal joint album.

  2. The Saturday show was great. The acoustics of the stone room are really great, and the informal house party atmosphere was also very enjoyable!

    I’ll certainly be back if you other classic rock/folk rock oriented groups.

  3. My first house concert ever, and I'm sold. Wonderful intimate space, allowing us to get up close and personal with these two highly skilled, creative, and musicians/comedians. Also some nice social time with good people. This so much better than a club; David, I will be back!

  4. My comment is a long time in coming. I was so thrilled to be there. Thank you so much for for inviting Frank and me, David. It was our first house concert ever, and I can't wait to be at every on you do. It really invigorated my love for music and the desire to write my own. It was a great concert -- James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt were incredible together.