Grammy Award-winner Marc Cohn comes to The Pullo Center Oct. 10
Grammy Award winner Marc Cohn takes to the stage at Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (The Pullo Center) Sunday, Oct.10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at $60 and $38.50. Tickets can be purchased at The Pullo Center box office, online at http://www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu/, Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (717) 505-8900.
A chance encounter in a Mississippi honky-tonk with a 70-year-old pianist and singer named Muriel Davis Wilkins inspired the song that launched Cohn’s career. “Walking in Memphis” became the breakout hit from Cohn’s self-titled Atlantic debut album, released February 1991.
Author and critic Dave Marsh wrote of the song, “Its perfectly written narrative takes into account the whole history of American music, from where it begins in storefront church gospel and W.C. Handys blues to where it shoots out into Elvis and Al Green and, at the climactic moment, Marc Cohn himself.”
In May 1993, Cohn released The Rainy Season, which included notable guest appearances by David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Bonnie Raitt. It would be five years before a new album, 1998s Burning the Daze, but Cohn continued to tour and write. In 2005, Cohn compiled and self-released a solid live album, Marc Cohn Live 04/05. But the decade that elapsed between Burning the Daze and Join the Parade was not only longer than most people’s music business careers, Cohn notes with laughter, it was long enough to have the record business disappear. Cohn is just excited to have an album out. He hopes that Join the Parade is a set of songs that people might want to hear, but it is in truth, a set of songs that people need.
“That night, at the Grammy Awards, when my name was called was an out-of-body experience. It took me months to be able to realize how huge it was, a culmination of everything Id worked towards for so long,” he said.