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A two-lane highway can unfold like a book of stories as the miles flash by. Idlewheel’s music
has the same sense of discovery to it – carried along by easy-flowing rhythms are flashes of
personal revelation and homespun irony, speeding past you like an oddly familiar (or
familiarly odd) small town.
Craig Bickhardt and Jack Sundrud do it all with a wry nonchalance that belies their uncommon
craftsmanship. These guys know the high road of country-rock better than most. Their credits
are solid and sterling. Bickhardt was a member of renowned Nashville group SKB that enjoyed
country radio success with hits that included Bickhardt and Schuyler’s “This Old House”. He
has also penned songs for Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Martina McBride, and B. B. King, and
wrote and sang the closing theme for Robert Duvall’s Academy Award winning film TENDER
MERCIES. Sundrud cracked the charts with Great Plains (Sony Records) and now plays bass in
the pioneering country- rock group Poco, whose 40-year roster reads like a who’s-who in the
genre. His songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, The Judds, The Persuasions and
others. Together Craig and Jack wrote Ty Herndon’s mega hit “It Must Be Love”.