Berchtold and Stear

Berchtold and Stear

 Peoria, Illinois, USA

Toe-tapping soul food for the acoustically hungry.


Year's of frustration with playing the same songs over and over, a random meeting, and one impromptu jam was all it took to create the acoustic duo, Berchtold and Stear. Known for “toe-tapping soul food for the acoustically hungry”, David and Brian have been keeping their fans well-fed with acoustic excellence ever since.

With four albums under his belt, veteran finger-picker David Berchtold has been delighting Central Illinois fans for years. David has studied under Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) and over three decades has developed his own signature style of finger-picking, which is deeply influenced by Piedmont Blues and the folk and rock sound of his adolescence (early 70's).

Brian has played with hundreds of great musicians, from local regulars like David Berchtold, to Grammy award winners like Koko Taylor. A self-described musical chameleon, he has the unique ability to bring exactly what’s needed to the table and blend into the song, creating a canvas of sound.

Berchtold and Stear continue their mission to bring their name brand of folk-rock, country blues, and tasty originals to those starving for authentic roots music.


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