I had the pleasure this past weekend of sharing a bill with friends and excellent guitarists Chuck Johnson of Oakland and Alexander Turnquist of Hudson NY. We played in Berkeley at a lovely little art space called Subterranean Art House. It was an intimate room with nice acoustics, perfect for delicate music. I definitely recommend folks in the area to check it out. The turnout was modest, but you really felt that people came to listen. I opened the evening with a set of electric pieces I’ve been toying around with as of late. Material I hope to record soon. Next up was Alexander on acoustic 12 string. As soon as he began, the room was immediately under the spell of his intricately picked guitar webs. Hard to believe all that sound could be generated from just two hands on one instrument. Very beautiful and deceptively complex music, despite how relaxing it was to listen to. Closing the night was the always elegant work of Chuck Johnson, who played many of the pieces from his recently released debut album, ‘A Struggle Not A Thought’ released on the Strange Attractors Audio House imprint. His set was pristine in every way. Each note, scrape, pluck, and strum was played with so much intention and finesse. What sets Chuck apart from so many finger-style players to me is his ability to marry formal technique with real feeling and nuance. His melodies linger and often have an aching beauty to them without ever feeling forced or saccharine. So nice. It was really a treat to be a part of it. I highly recommend you pick up both Chuck and Alexanders excellent new albums, both of which are available on LP, CD, and for download. Click on the album art below for links to purchase them.
In other news, I’ll be slowing chipping away at recording some new songs for an album to be released in 2012 on the excellent Three Lobed Records! I’m very excited to be working with them. More details on that soon to come. In the meantime, I’ve still got copies of my recent LP ‘In Search Of Light’ on the Students Of Decay imprint – hit me up if you’d like to grab one! For those of you without a turntable, I’m happy to say it’s also now available for download via Morr Music digital distribution at Boomkat and Emusic, with more retailers forthcoming including iTunes.
As always, thanks for reading and listening! Till next time….