Local singer/songwriter David Dodson will return to the Camden Library Coffeehouse Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Peter Herson of Morrill will play the opening set. Admission will be $8.

Dodson is a favorite musician and a much-anticipated performer in the Coffeehouse series. He writes great songs that run the gamut of American styles including folk, rock, blues, jazz and country. They cover a wide variety of topics and range from poignant to hilarious. Dodson plays a mean guitar, tells a good story, sings like a bird and has he got rhythm — who could ask for anything more?

As a songwriter, Dodson is extraordinary. He writes with a filmmaker’s vision about such diverse topics as life, death, shopping malls, his great-grandfather, the future, work, charisma, yodeling, SUVs, Bob Dylan, love, baboons, dancing, gasoline and visiting Paris. His songs can transport listeners from a coffeehouse seat to the beginning of time, from an adventure in Ohio in the 1800s to a future without oil.

Dodson’s unusual guitar style is the result of a misspent youth playing country dance halls in Texas; rock ‘n’ roll in Boston; and coffeehouses across the United States and Canada. He has shared the stage with KD Laing, Bill Staines, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Gordon Bok, the Persuasions, Greg Brown, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball and Sha Na Na.

Herson is a new songwriter and solid performer whose work is a good complement to Dodson’s. For 20 years, he was the founder and owner-operator of the pastry business Sweet Pete’s. In the course of driving hundreds of miles a week to deliver pastries, he day-dreamt about being a folksinger and found he could write songs while driving.

“Now that I have sold Sweet Pete’s, I’m able to actually sit with a guitar and play once in a while. It beats the heck out of delivering pastries,” he said.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.