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The Back of Beyond

by Bill Mize

"Guitars pine for the fingers of Bill Mize who makes them weep, sing, and roll around like a cat at his feet. Thumpin' good acoustic majesty." - WDVX
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Back of Beyond
3:10 $1.49
2. Joe Pye Jig
3:22 $1.49
3. Every Dog Has His Day
3:33 $1.49
4. Ambionic Journey
3:20 $1.49
5. The Captain's Friend
2:27 $1.49
6. Milonga Del Angel
5:05 $1.49
7. Call Pick
3:34 $1.49
8. A Child of God
5:27 $1.49
9. Romancing the Tone
3:03 $1.49
10. Takin' Off
3:23 $1.49
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Album Notes
Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Mize is a son of Tennessee, and a more fitting representative of his state’s rich musical heritage would be hard to find. His critically lauded fingerstyle compositions are fluid and intricate, and their delivery masterful. One suspects an influential teacher, and one would be right. “I received most of my musical education from a cheap Zenith radio,” says Mize, who as a child drifted off to sleep to the decidedly non-sleepy lullabyes emanating from Nashville’s WLAC and WSM and Knoxville’s WNOX.

Maybe that’s why critics speak of his ability to “transport” the listener; the music itself has been transported. The links to his Tennessee roots are unmistakable, but so are the elements of the far wider musical realm he inhabits, and the mixture is as intoxicating as Tennessee moonshine. With a twist.


Bill is a past winner of the National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Guitar Player Magazine has labeled this event the “U.S. Open of guitar competitions." Bill received a GRAMMY Award for his collaboration with musician and storyteller David Holt on the recording Stellaluna, and has been featured on the popular guitar compilations "Windham Hill Guitar Sampler" by Windham Hill Records and "Masters of the Acoustic Guitar" by Narada Records. In 2009, Bill’s music appeared in the Ken Burns documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea." Mel Bay Productions transcribed Mize's second CD, "Tender Explorations," into a songbook, and his original compositions have been transcribed for Fingerstyle Guitar and Acoustic Guitar magazines.

Few fingerstyle guitarists can match the melodic sensibilities of Bill Mize. - Minor 7th Magazine



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