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American Sampler

by Steve Eckels

Classical guitar solos of traditional American music, including love songs & ballads, cowboy classics, blues, gospel, North American Indian, and the music of Stephen Foster.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shady Grove
3:25 $0.99
2. Red River Valley
3:27 $0.99
3. Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier
3:30 $0.99
4. The Yellow Rose of Texas
2:53 $0.99
5. The Colorado Trail
3:51 $0.99
6. Git Along Little Dogies
2:55 $0.99
7. Keep Your Hands On the Plow
3:09 $0.99
8. The Lonesome Valley
3:16 $0.99
9. Higher Ground
3:10 $0.99
10. Deep River Blues
2:37 $0.99
11. Scott Joplin Rag
2:54 $0.99
12. Dove Song
3:54 $0.99
13. Baby Alligator Dance
3:57 $0.99
14. Camptown Races
2:05 $0.99
15. Ring, Ring the Banjo
2:15 $0.99
16. My Old Kentucky Home
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Album Notes
"One day in 1994 I was looking for solo guitar arrangements of love songs to teach my guitar students, but I discovered that there were none on the market that met my needs.
To remedy this situation, I put together some samples of my own and sent them to Mel Bay Publications. To my delight the idea was accepted and I began work on my first book, "American Love Songs and Ballads". I had received my formal training in jazz and classical music, so was pleasantly surprised to find myself developing a repertoire of traditional American music. Within five years, I had completed seven book/CD sets for Mel Bay. The wonderful (yet unplanned) result was that through this process I had developed an interesting and entertaining “Americana” concert program. This is how the "American Sampler" was born. The music is most enjoyable to perform, and I hope you enjoy listening to it."

Steve Eckels is a solo guitar performer who blends traditional American folk songs with his background in jazz and classical music to create a unique style and expansive repertoire.

Steve got his first guitar in 1965 at the age of ten, and hasn’t stopped playing since. He received a Bachelor's Degree in guitar from Berklee College of Music and a Master's Degree from New England Conservatory. He holds a music education certification from the state of Montana, and currently teaches a high school guitar program in northwest Montana.

Steve is the author of numerous guitar books and recordings for MEL BAY publications. His guitar articles have been featured in "Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine", "Teaching Music" (MENC), "Teaching Guitar" (MEL BAY), and "Guitar Sessions" (MEL BAY).

Steve Eckels’ concert repertoire spans classical masterpieces such as Bach, Albeniz and Tarrega to virtuoso solo guitar arrangements of American traditional music such as blues, gospel, cowboy, Stephen Foster and others. He performs for special community events where his repertoire also includes pop, country, jazz and Latin American music. He also has recordings of his Classical and American Traditional music available through his website:



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