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Singer-songwriter known for crafting hits for big names performs in NH

Growing up in the fertile Los Angeles music scene of the late '60s and early '70s, Karla Bonoff was a regular at the legendary Troubadour club, watching then-unknowns such as James Taylor and Jackson Browne trying out their new songs.

Bonoff teamed up with other Troubadour regulars Wendy Waldman, Kenny Edwards and Andrew Gold to form Bryndle, which made an unreleased album before sending members on to develop individual careers.

Since those early days, Bonoff, set to perform at Plymouth State University's Silver Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, has had her songs covered by top industry names including Bonnie Raitt ("Home") and Wynonna ("Tell Me Why").

In addition, three of her songs - "Someone To Lay Down Beside Me," "Lose Again" and "If He's Ever Near" - were cut by Linda Ronstadt on her 1976 "Hasten Down The Wind" album. This led to Bonoff signing a solo deal with Columbia and putting out four records, "Karla Bonoff, " "Restless Nights," "Wild Heart of the Young" and almost a decade later, "New World."

After a few years' retreat from the music industry, Bonoff re-emerged in the '90s and had three more songs recorded by Ronstadt - the Grammy Award-winning "All My Life," "Goodbye My Friend" and "Trouble Again" - for her "Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like The Wind" album.

Tickets to the Silver Center show, 17 High St., are $15 for youth, $28 for seniors and $30 for adults. Call 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869 for tickets.

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