Jon Rounds and Bruce Truitt

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Jon Rounds and Bruce Truitt

December 31, 2021 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Jon Rounds, songwriter and acoustic guitarist. began his musical career in State College in the 1970s as the lead guitarist for the folk/country singer Bob Dear, whose repertoire included songs by Guy Clark, Gordon Lightfoot, Jerry Jeff Walker, and early Bob Dylan that would become part of the Americana canon long before the genre was named. Their music continues to influence Rounds’s own writing.

He went on to play and write songs for State College-based bands, including the Rounds Brothers; Cartoon; Hughes, Kidder& Rounds; and Mathieu, Fox & Rounds. Cartoon played an annual reunion concert of original music at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts from 1984 through 2012. His last pre-Covid performance was with harmonica virtuoso Richard Sleigh at First Night 2019. He has played several songwriter-in-the-round shows at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, and appeared on the Nashville-based webcast for songwriters, The Weird Turn Pro, on July 30, 2020.

His songs have been performed and/or recorded by dozens of artists with ties to State College, including Richard Sleigh, Tommy Wareham, Jen Hesketh, Jameson Kidder, Whetstone Run, Morningsong, Stacey Tibbets, and Northwest Territory.

Jon will be joined by Bruce Truitt, a multi-talented instrumentalist and singer from Austin, Texas. Bruce has many years of experience in the music business as producer, engineer, designer, instructor, composer, arranger, and performer in many genres. He speaks and sings in Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

A First Night Button is required for this performance.


December 31, 2021
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sanctuary, State College Presbyterian Church
132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801 United States
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