It’s worthwhile every now and then to take a listen to some different guitar players. In America in 1976 it was estimated that there were appromiately 16 milion who owned a guitar. Thirty years later we could only guess how many guitarists there are now, and many people will know an unknown guitar player of exceptional standard.
Here’s a few players that you may not have heard of if you have mainly listed to to mainstream music and I have listed some albums that are worth exploring. We all get a bit musically dry and some new input can send us off on a new direction, even if the albums have been around for a while.
Michael Hedges – Aerial Boundaries, Breakfast in the Fields
Alex de Grassi – Slow Circle (“hint hint – I’d love this for Christmas, I only have a vinyl”)
Pierre Bensusan – Intuite
Tim Sparks – One string leads to another
Pat Metheny- One quiet Night (on baritone acoustic)
Ansgar Dalken – Llaneza
The albums listed above are worth exploring because each of them in some way has some sort of beauty about it.
Wheras I can also find incredible enjoyment in listening to Tony Rice, Mike Marshall, Chet Atkins and Russ Barenburg.
It’s very healthy to listen to and appreciate players of all different genres and not get stuck in a tiny musical box.