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Blues Talkin' : Suite for Solo Guitar [ Modern ]

by Bill McCormick

Powerful new solo guitar pieces in the Blues genre composed by Bill McCormick. Performed by guitar virtuoso Craig Wagner.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. You Got the Feeling
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2. The Hours Seem so Long
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3. Hit Is
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4. Thea’s Singin’
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5. She Pretty
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6. Things’ll Get Better
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BLUES TALKIN’ : Suite For Solo Guitar [ Modern ]

Blues music connects directly to the soul. It is a uniquely American form of musical lightning which sprang from the searing need to cry out during the terrible decades of our nation’s greatest shame. But, “From the muck sprouts the Lotus ” said the Buddha. Starting in the cotton fields, the Delta, then to New Orleans, Kansas City… and now throughout the world…this simplest form of sounds (and feelings)has blossomed into the most eloquent universal language: JAZZ (one of America’s many wondrous gifts to humanity, the backbone of which is of course the Blues).

Importantly, Blues music is not just comprised of pitches, rhythms and harmonies. It is a way of speaking. A language. It was my artistic good fortune to be to be introduced to the Blues language at a very young age (as well as to the music itself). These pieces remember those youthful impressions, but filter them through a lifelong lens of musical study and increased personal understanding. The intention of Blues Talkin’ is to achieve the intersection of the Blues as both speech and music.

Blues Talkin’ is best performed on acoustic guitar, preferably strung with phosphor bronze strings. Reason: the ability to naturally render and sustain overtones, which are an all important element of these pieces. Amplification runs 100% counter to this musical goal. It distorts and often neutralizes the essential (and musically beautiful) physics of sound vibrating through wood.

Craig Wagner, an astonishing guitarist based in Louisville, KY was exactly the right person to perform these pieces. Though he studied with Jimmy Raney, his unique talent and approach is primarily self-developed. His affinity for the music combined with his formidable technique really brought the music to life. As the saying goes, Craig has “all the right stuff ” !

All of the above would come to nothing if recorded improperly. Again, fortune smiled… Jim Clouse , master Sound Engineer at Park West Studios in Brooklyn , NY is THE guy. It’s not just having the latest technology (though he always does). It’s Jim’s musicality and unerring good judgement that makes it happen, time after time.

Humble thanks to you dear listener for taking the time to consider this music.

-Bill McCormick (November 2017)

" ...This music is going to touch some people out there, as it has me. 'Blues Talkin' is required listening for any serious blues or Jazz who wishes to expand his or her musical mind. Enjoy! " Marc Bayer, Minor 7th .com

"... For any guitarist wishing to expand their conception of what the Blues is ( or can be ) this CD is a must listen ! " Ray Walker, Jazz Guitar Society of Western Australia



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