Instrumentally Yours: Celebrating International Guitar Month
Instrumentalists have been the bastard step children of the music industry. Not the will of the public but corporate suits who think they know what the public wants. Even Steve Morse--one of the finest guitarists on the planet--was told "get a singer and we'll get back to you." Despite the global succes of Morse, record companies for the most part still don't get it.
My listeners do and I'm sure the artists I'm playing this week would appreciate that as much as I do.
From the acoustic majesty of Michael Hedges to the gnarly grit of Richard Thompson, we slip into IGM (international Guitar Month) in eclectic high gear. The art of the Strat and Tele come in multiple sonic dimensions from the Hellecasters, Danny Gatton and the infamous Steve Morse frankencaster. Also the jazzier sides of John McLauphlin, Terje Rypdal and more new material from Al Di Meola. There is no other instrument on the earth that is as persuasive as the guitar. Acoustic or electric. Am I biased? Ask my co-host. He's got a leg for each string.
The Electric Croude now 26 years young, airs every late Saturday at midnight EDT on WCVE and simul streams at ideastations.org/radio.
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