DeKALB – Put on your blue suede shoes, DeKalb – Grammy Award-winning musician Marc Cohn is coming to town.
Cohn, best known for the song "Walking in Memphis" from his eponymous 1991 album, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. In his 27-year career, he has produced six studio albums, along with a best-of album and a live album, with a folk-rock singer-songwriter kind of vibe.
Cohn said he's worked with artists including Michael McDonald, William Bell, the Blind Boys of Alabama and David Crosby recently. He said he's been on tour every year like most artists because record sales are down for most artists across the board, but he said life on the road works for him because he gets the chance to play for a different crowd every night.
Cohn said he is also working on a new record. It has yet to have a formal release date, but he is looking forward to possibly playing some new tunes for audience members at the DeKalb show.
"I'm finally getting down to writing for me," Cohn said.
Cohn has taken a couple of sabbaticals during his career, most notably one that ended with him deciding to start touring again in 2005. During that tour, Cohn said, he was shot in the head when a man who was high on crystal meth tried carjacking him and his fellow musicians. He survived the ordeal.
"It was completely random and one of those things that sort of completely changes your life," Cohn said.
Between that and watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina during his recovery, the experiences inspired Cohn to write more material for what ended up being his 2007 album "Join the Parade," he said.
"And that's what I did for that record," Cohn said.
Jeanine Holcomb, communications and marketing director at the Egyptian Theatre, said the staff is excited to have Cohn perform at the venue for the first time. She said having a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter with hits as big as "Walking in Memphis" was something the theater couldn't turn down.
Holcomb said what she found exciting when marketing the show was Cohn not only playing his hits but also because he takes requests from the audience. She said it makes for a very intimate yet large experience for show goers.
"So it's truly an artist where no show is the same," Holcomb said.
Cohn said he doesn't get to play in the DeKalb area often. He said the life of a touring musician is an odd life and there isn't a lot of time to go exploring at every stop, but he still gets to see so many places, if only for a moment.
"I'm looking forward to playing there," Cohn said.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday or an hour before the event. They can also be purchased over the phone at 815-758-1225 or online at egyptiantheatre.org.