‘American Songwriters’ explores the country’s musical landscape

“American Songwriters,” a celebratory tour through the American musical landscape featuring the highly talented Chris “Red” Blisset and Trevor Lindley Craft, is up on Millbrook’s Main Stage for three nights, with the final performance tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Chris Blisset, known to Millbrook for his 2004 performance in the foot-stompin’ “Smoke on the Mountain,” was visibly touched to be returning to its Main Stage.

“It’s so good to be here,” he told the audience. “It’s been so long. It’s like the sun came out today.”

In addition to his musical talents, Blisset is also an accomplished actor, composer, and director whose extensive theatre experience allows him to command an easy and almost immediate rapport with the audience.

Trevor Lindley Craft, also a musician/actor, whose credits include performances with several Repertory Theatres, is — like Blisset — a lifelong fan of country music who has toured with country-rock bands around the world. The night I was there, both his mother and grandfather were in the audience, and — with their help — Craft related several endearing stories from his childhood. He was introduced to music by his grandmother, for example, who insisted he learn to play the Star Wars theme on the piano (when what he really wanted was to spend time with X-Box). A warm thank you from us to Trevor’s grandmother!