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David Berchtold has been playing the guitar for more than 40 years. He plays a wide range of folk, rock and blues, but Piedmont Blues style fingerpicking is his specialty. Though he makes it look as smooth as spreading warm butter on cinnamon toast, his ten fingers are flying in several directions simultaneously, picking out the rhythm, bass lines, and melody all at the same time. It is magic to behold.


A native of Illinois, Berchtold has studied with Jorma Kaukonen at the infamous Fur Peace Ranch and he teaches Piedmont Fingerpicking at festivals and colleges. With a rich repertoire from the greatest fingerpickers, including Rev. Gary Davis, Doc Watson, Leo Kottke, and Chet Atkins, David also has a solid hour of innovative original tunes, rooted in tradition but proving that this style of playing is very much alive in his hands.


"Berchtold and Stear: Ghosts of Music Past" (Apr 2011) 
From Tin Pan Alley to Deep South and Piedmont soul, from folk-singer musings to rock-band remakes, it's all here. Berchtold and Stear show that there isn't much they won't try, and less still that they can't do well. 


"Live on GLT!" (Feb 2007) David's 3rd CD. Acoustic fingerstyle with folk, blues, and country blues flavors, played by a 30 veteran of acoustic guitar and captured live, on the air, in the studio at WGLT 89.3 FM. 


"The Cliffhangers!" (May '04) features David with fellow pickers Cliff Anglen on mandolin and dobro, and Dave Fryer and Gary Dickson on acoustic guitar. Recorded in a single evening, this live set of six songs captures the fun of good friends playing great acoustic music. 


"Things I've Seen" (Feb '04) A tasty mix of acoustic finger picking instrumentals and songs about life.


“Live on GLT” is one of Top 20 Entertainment Events of 2007 in Bloomington/Normal. 

– Town and City Magazine

Local finger picker David Berchtold is all about his predecessors. His latest CD, released in February 2007, is an authentic throwback to traditional roots music. Berchtold combines folk, blues, gospel, and ragtime to produce a sound that is easy on the ear, but slightly radical in message. Influenced by artists such as Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Gregg Allman, Leo Lottke, John Fahey, Rev. Gary Davis, and Jorma Kaukonen, Berchtold covers a wide range of styles, while managing to hone one of his own. As a live performer, he’s as personable as they come. Look for him this winter in Bloomington and other Central Illinois locations, or check out his schedule at


The perfect fit!

– Stacy Mavec - Easter Seals Grape Soiree Committee

Thank you so much for your willingness to play at the Easter Seals Grape Soiree. The committee was ecstatic to have you return for another year. You are a perfect fit for The Grape Soiree, with the right amount of energy to carry us through the evening. We look forward to having you next year if you are available!


Thoroughly enjoyed having you play 

– Kate Hawkes, Owner - Trout Lily Cafe, Springfield, IL

Folks loved your music. Someone said you had a "real sweet voice" ... we thoroughly enjoyed having you play at the Trout Lily Cafe, and look forward to listening to you again.