Jon Carroll has penned songs for Linda Ronstadt, Tom Jones, and Kenny Rogers, and he’s the long-time keyboardist/vocalist band member with Mary Chapin Carpenter, with touring stints for countless others including Rodney Crowell, Dixie Chicks, Peter Wolf and Eric Lindell.

New to the Valley (an Easthampton resident) he won over 20 “Wammie” awards in Washington DC, as songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist, album and musician.

For this special performance, Jon has his lively ensemble BraveSoul, which includes local lovables Dan Thomas, Chris Ball, J.J. O’Connell & Courtney Parker plus a blazing horn section.

When he’s in the studio or on tour, Jon Carroll doesn’t reveal his secret: he was a member of the Starland Vocal Band, who brought us the smash hit of the ’70s, “Afternoon Delight.” You know, the song about a daytime romp that was titled after an appetizer menu (see the Songfacts entry for the full story).

The band lasted four years and four albums, with the headiest times coming in the aftermath of “Afternoon Delight,” when they won two Grammy Awards (Best New Artist & Best Vocal Arrangement) and got their own TV variety show.

After Starland burned out, Jon became a solo artist, songwriter, and musician for hire. Highlights include writing the Linda Ronstadt hit “Get Closer” and touring as a keyboard player/vocalist with Mary Chapin Carpenter. As Jon explains, “Afternoon Delight” has not been all skyrockets in flight, but he’s damn proud of it. He’s even prouder of his new group here!