01-30-2013 11:59 AM
Sam Bean aka Iron & Wine is for a recent generation, one of the artists whose songs you copy while learning to play acoustic guitar when you're supposed to be studying for an exam. Like Cat Stevens or James Taylor for my generation.
His acoustic playing follows a whole lot of the old folkie/Donovan/Simon & Garfunkel picking and fretting moves that are simple and poignant.
I like him and listening to him makes me want to play my acoustic in that old dreamy fashion - and he's a huge icon for my 20-something son and daughter and their buddies. And he lives just down the way - you go down 290 west and pass near Willie's ranch on the way to Dripping Springs where Mr. Beam abides.
01-31-2013 03:33 AM
nat whilk II wrote:
Like Cat Stevens or James Taylor for my generation.
The only James Taylor song I've ever been able to learn:
01-31-2013 05:48 AM - edited 01-31-2013 05:49 AM
So the big sad news around these parts the past few days is the passing of a legendary Philadelphia guitarist, Jef Lee Johnson. Every single musician that I admire and respect in the area are posting tributes to him on Facebook. He played with many notable acts ranging from McCoy Tyner to Aretha Franklin. I had the fortune, in December, of doing a gig where he was the guitarist in the opening band. Nice guy... never knew him prior to that night, but I was blown away by his playing and he was only playing an acoustic guitar.
RIP Mr. Johnson.
01-31-2013 09:07 AM - edited 01-31-2013 09:13 AM
Here is a fantastic way to spend 1:39 of your time... particularly if you can speak German. Jimmy Smith Documentary.
HarmonyCentral.com is the leading Internet resource for musicians, supplying valuable information from news and product reviews, to classified ads and chat rooms.