John Ford Coley bringing his “eclectic” music heritage to Boston’s on the Beach

You don’t have to live in the past to enjoy a bit of it. Such will be the case on July 1 when singer/songwriter John Ford Coley comes to Boston’s on the Beach in Delray Beach as the opening act for Ambrosia. The doors open at 8 .m and Coley, who partnered with “England’’ Dan Seals in the 1970s, for a number of pop hits (and three gold and platinum records), will take the stage at 8:30.

“Just an acoustic guitar and keyboard,’’ Coley told me regarding what to expect from the show. “That’s really the way I prefer to play. It’s a trip down memory lane. People want to hear England Dan and John Ford Coley songs.

“I play some new songs, too, but mainly I play songs they are going to expect.’’

Those would include the duo’s biggest hit, “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight,’’ and “Love is the Answer.

Coley is likely to play a few tunes from his 2016 album entitled, “Eclectic,’’ which features Vince Gill – the newest member of the Eagles – on “More Than You.’’

“Vince only plays solo guitar on it, I play the other guitars,’’ Coley said. “Everybody wants Vince to sing because he has such a unique voice, but I just wanted him to play guitar because he is a great guitar player. I asked him to do that and he said, ‘I’m in.’ It was a thrill. He’s such a great guitar player and a nice guy.’’

“Eclectic,’’ which Coley co-produced with Nashville singer/songwriter Tom Wurth (who often plays with Gill with the western swing band The Time Jumpers), is just as the name indicates. It’s a terrific album that pays homage to the Texas-born Coley’s music heritage.

“My parents were kind of different,’’ said Coley, 68. “They raised me on classical, opera and show tunes. Every now and then I’d get in a “Whisperin’ Bill Anderson. I’d sneak on the radio and listen to the Beach Boys and things like that.

“When I finally got into the music scene, I was all over the big music. Later when Dan and I played together we played with people like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Jerry Jeff Walker. I had a great upbringing, musically. It was a lot of fun.

“The eclectic ting came about because that’s just the way played. I just don’t stick with one style. When I put my hands on the piano or the guitar, I’m not thinking, ‘Okay, I’m going to write of a country song today, or a classical song. Whatever comes out is what comes out.’’


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