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by Nate Lopez

8-string guitarist brings his virtuoso technique to an intimate, self-released, groove/jazz instrumental project.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Two Thousand
5:14 $0.99
2. Come Together
3:30 $0.99
3. Back to Anaheim
3:38 $0.99
4. Sunday
3:39 $0.99
5. St. Louis Blues
3:25 $0.99
6. Dolphins
3:51 $0.99
7. Converse
4:04 $0.99
8. Hold the Line
3:16 $0.99
9. Gone Ranglin
5:29 $0.99
10. The Chicken
4:01 $0.99
11. You Don't Know Me
3:57 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
One of the hardest working guitarists in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nate Lopez has been
making a name for himself for well over a decade. Playing an eight-string guitar/bass hybrid
(an instrument-type championed by the legendary Charlie Hunter), Lopez delivers a sound
that goes far beyond standard solo guitar impressions. With a style that is centered around a
deep understanding of jazz and groove-oriented pop, Lopez’s powerful solo guitar playing
captivates audiences at events and concerts throughout California, and he was voted “Best
Acoustic Musician of the North Bay” by the North Bay Bohemian in 2017. Lopez also won the
Arkansas Contemporary Fingerstyle Competition in 2015.
Having previously released two albums focusing on his electric guitar work, Lopez now
delivers InNate, an album recorded entirely on his custom made carbon fiber acoustic eight-
string, built by Ireland’s Emerald Guitars. Making full use of the instrument’s layout with five
guitar strings and three bass strings (which are custom made by the Bay Area’s own Dunlop
Manufacturing), Lopez is able to orchestrate his playing in a way that belies the fact that the
entire album is recorded without overdubs.
On InNate, Lopez combines original compositions and arrangements, including his takes on
the Beatles’ “Come Together” (with the tune’s iconic bass line offering an ideal showcase for
this polyphonic picking!), Toto’s “Hold the Line,” Jaco Pastorius’ “The Chicken,” and Ray
Charles’ “You Don’t Know Me.” The ever-present thread is of course groove, and as such,
Lopez’ own tunes, such as “Back to Anaheim” (inspired by the annual NAMM trade show for
musical instrument manufacturers), “Gone Ranglin” (a tribute to Jamaican guitar legend
Ernest Ranglin), and even the deceptively mellow “Dolphin Waves” features a foot-tapping
momentum that is not often found in a solo guitar performance.



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sweet licks, and nice aural challenge!