Piedmont Finger Picking infused Blues, Folk, Roots, and Rags


When done well, fingerpicking a guitar looks so easy anybody could do it. But the task of convincing several digits to make music while moving simultaneously in different, yet coordinated directions, when it appears effortless, takes a good deal of concentration and practice.


David Berchtold, an acoustic guitarist for more than 40 years, makes the process seem like spreading butter on hot bread as he picks the six-string with melody and rhythm while singing.


Having written over an hour's worth of innovative original songs, the Illinois native also chimes in with tunes from the cream of the fingerpicking crowd, including Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Rev. Gary Davis, Leo Kottke, John Fahey and others. He’s made three visits to the Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp, founded and run by another of the greats, Jorma Kaukonen, performing at the student concerts and once playing along with Jorma.


Also expect a range of rock and folk standards including music from The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, JJ Cale, Grateful Dead and others to pop into the varied song list of this talented performer.


- by Tom Irwin


"Let's just book you for every Thursday. You're great. Our customers always say that they like what you do."
-- Kevin Hull, Owner/Operator/Head Chef, The Redfire Grille


"You guys (Berchtold & Stear) sounded great! I got many postive comments (at the Lunchtime Concert Series), and this was the best turnout we've had yet!"

-- Eric Veal, Cultural Arts Program Manager, Bloomington Parks and Rec

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 (Photo by Ira Klein)
David's music is currently being featured on:
WGLT FM 89.1/103.5, Normal, IL
WEFT FM 90.1,Champaign/Urbana, IL
WKCC 91.1 FM, Kankakee, IL

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Recent performances of note include:
  • Opened for Uncle Lucius
  • Opened for Joe Bonamassa
  • Performance and Workshop at Dulcimer and Roots Festival, Bishop Hill,IL
  • Performance and Wworkshop at C/U Folk and Roots Festival
  • Performance at Hickory Ridge Concert Series at Dixon Mounds Museum
  • Teaching fingerstyle guitar at Heartland Community College
  • Performance at Sweet Corn Blues Festival 2014, 2015
  • Performance at Sugar Creek Arts Festival, Normal, IL, 2013, '14, and '15.