Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Men Of Steel: The Art Of The Steel String Guitar

Ok, this one is for the guitar nuts out there. The idea behind the men of steel was to form a guitar group with some of the most talented pickers in the world, and they definately managed it.

First you have Beppe Gambetta. Even though Italian, he is one of the best american bluegrass players in the world. His song on the album, Traveling with Mama, is beyond fantastic (although for the full effect you really need to hear the studio version, they fake the slide in this performance. Then you have Dan Crary, who is another one of the best bluegrass players out there. He has been incredably influencial on flatpicking in general, and in my humble opinion, is the most talented man with a pick alive today. Then there is Montreal born Don Ross, who more or less invented the modern acoustic percussive fingerstyle subjenre (which he jokingly calls "Heavy Wood"). Last but not least, Tony McManus from Ireland, who is an impeccable picker, but whose claim to fame is transposing gaelic bagpipes tunes onto the guitar.

All in all, a highly enjoyable album, especially if you play the guitar. If you aren't a musician, it may be a bit much at times, but still highly recommended and well worth the listen.


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