The Piano Men
A musical journey through the 70’s,
Featuring the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John
Starring Jim Witter
Dove Award nominee and Canadian Juno Award nominee, recording artist Jim Witter and his band lead an expertly crafted tour of an entire decade that begins with “Your Song” and winds us along on a musical time machine, saluting two of the century’s most popular contemporary songwriters.
Utilizing rear-screen projection, we return to the newspaper headlines, the automobiles, the people, the events, the toys and even the TV shows that shaped a decade. Along the way, the sounds of “My Life”, “Candle in the Wind”, “Rocket Man”, “Just the Way You Are”, and many more classic hits create an evening that’s just too much fun to let it end. By the time you hit 1979, you’re begging these musicians to just move back to 1970 and start all over again. With Witter at the grand piano and his sizzling musicians on keyboards, guitar, bass, flute, sax and drums, the music is not an attempt to “recreate” or “mimic” the evening’s long list of familiar hits. Instead, Witter unleashes his golden tenor on hit after hit to recreate fully-formed mental and emotional return visits to specific landmarks in a pop culture timeline.
If you can remember where you were when Elvis may have died, this show’s for you. If you can smell the interior of your 1973 VW Beetle, you’ll recognize every song. If you watch re-runs of Gilligan’s Island or Green Acres, you’ll find yourself singing along. And if you still have your bell-bottom jeans and Puma running shoes, then you probably need more help than Witter can provide…
In 2004, Jim Witter entered the company of such notables as Steven Curtis Chapman, CeCe Winans, Sandi Patty and others when he was nominated for the Dove Award’s Inspirational Album of the Year for his recording "Forgiveness".
Now splitting time between Toronto and Nashville, Witter is a devoted husband and father - and an artist who truly does justice to the two giants known as “The Piano Men.”