September 20, 2012
PLAY BASED ON FRED EAGLESMITH’S MUSIC EARNS OVATION
Dear Johnny Deare Opens Well At Blyth Festival In Ontario
(BLYTH, Ontario) Acclaimed recording artist and relentless touring performer Fred Eaglesmith may have left his parents’ farm to pursue rock and roll aspirations, but the farm never left him. The tough existence and lessons of farming have left an indelible mark on his music to such an extent that it has formed the basis of a new play titled Dear Johnny Deare.
Conceived and written by noted playwright Ken Cameron, Dear Johnny Deare is anchored by songs from Eaglesmith’s 19-album-deep catalog. The play opened in June at Canada’s Blyth Festival, drawing a standing ovation from the standing-room-only audience.
Dear Johnny Deare focuses on Johnny and Caroline, a farming couple fighting to keep their business and their marriage together. Eaglesmith’s songs and lyrics are woven deeply into the story, one of the more interesting accolades he’s received in a career that’s been peppered with them.
“It’s really nice when people do things like this for you,” he told the London (ON) Free Press. “These stops in life are always nice.” Read the full article here. Meanwhile, Eaglesmith’s current album 6 Volts continues to grab notice from media and fans alike as he travels across North America in support of it.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune says his success as a recording artist, entertainer, songwriter (his music’s been covered by Toby Keith, Todd Snider and more) and visual artist “ain’t bad for a Canadian kid who left home at 15, hitchhiking and hopping trains, and who started his performing career in hobo camps.”