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Sunday Morning

by Rolly Brown

Solo acoustic guitar from a National Fingerpicking Champion, reflecting a lifelong study of folk, jazz, blues, swing, bluegrass, and ragtime styles.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Janny's Day
2:22 $0.99
2. Salvo Y Pepe
2:42 $0.99
3. Rolly's Rag
2:35 $0.99
4. Beaux Je Pooboo / The Snowman
3:58 $0.99
5. Suki's Hope
2:12 $0.99
6. Albany Slip
2:55 $0.99
7. Into the Never- Never
3:21 $0.99
8. Angie
2:48 $0.99
9. Tristano
4:37 $0.99
10. Piano Mover's Rag
2:28 $0.99
11. Grooveyard
3:23 $0.99
12. Holly
2:41 $0.99
13. Wayfaring Stranger
3:26 $0.99
14. Marcy / Cathy
2:23 $0.99
15. Shenandoah
4:53 $0.99
16. The Gospel According to Steve Mann
3:27 $0.99
17. Heavens Tibetsy
2:20 $0.99
18. And so It Goes
2:50 $0.99
19. Sunday Morning
2:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
In fifty years of guitar playing, Rolly Brown has covered alot of territory. Geographically, that territory includes gigs extending from the Philadelphia Folk Festival to the Tasmanian Folk Festival. Musically, the territory is even more diverse. Beginning as a folk guitarist, Brown moved on to become an acclaimed master of ragtime, blues, country, classic rock, bluegrass, swing, & jazz styles. Proficient on acoustic and electric guitars, his mission has been to integrate many styles while retaining a very singular style.
This quest has included long periods of time during which Brown has settled into particular genres; a folk fingerpicker epoch, a singer-songwriter period, a ragtime blues cycle (during which he learned from the legendary Rev. Gary Davis), a jazz standard era (in which he met the great George Van Eps, and studied with John Carlini), and a bluegrass flatpicking period. Also included was the study of idiosyncratic geniuses like Bahaman guitarist Joseph Spence and reclusive California jazz/blues master Steve Mann.
Along the way, Brown has won the U.S. Nat’l Guitar Fingerpicking Championships and been nominated for a Philadelphia Music Award. He has been a solo performer, a teacher (his students have included well known players in the folk/acoustic community like Marcy Marxer, Freyda Epstein, Magpie, Priscilla Herdman, Jay Ansill, and Eric Lugosch), a radio producer and announcer, a studio player, a band member, and a sideman. He is also a licensed acupuncturist with 25 years of experience, and a Tai Chi practitioner/instructor with 41 years of experience.
“The guitar, Tai Chi, and acupuncture,” he says, “are my three paths that never end. In a dozen lifetimes, a person can’t completely master even one of these arts. I’m never bored.”
Rolly has released six CDs on his Aussie Dog label, and has recorded a number of acclaimed instructional DVDs for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop. In the past decade and a half, he has been a sought after instructor and performer at guitar camps in the U.S. and Canada.



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Jim Ballard

Rolly Brown ~ Sunday Morning
If you're searching for Guitar Truth, you've come to the right place. Rolly Brown is a consummate guitar teacher/mentor. Through many years and a long string of CD's DVD's, YouTube tutorials and blogs, he's nearly a one stop resource for anyone hoping to learn just about any kind of fingerpicking style. Scales? Melodic chord solos? Arpeggio, bend, gliss, dead thumb, drop thumb, alternating thumb.... it's all here contained in nineteen tracks of his new CD, Sunday Morning.
If your search for Guitar Truth requires certain influences, look no further, Grasshopper. Touches of and homage to such seminal players and composers as "The Rev" Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Arthur Blake, Bert Jansch, Davey Graham, John Renbourn and Joseph Spence abound throughout the set in original compositions by Brown and in adaptations of pieces from the aforementioned Graham, Jansch, Janet Smith and Steve Mann.
If you're looking for a sort of Rosetta Stone for finger picking guitar, eureka... here it is.
Rolly mentions in his liner notes that he's put aside the desire to impress other guitarists and instead, make music that goes to the heart, to make tears fall rather than jaws drop. To this guitar player, I have to say he's done both.
So put aside everything else, the technique, the exercises, the scales... Make some tea, slide this CD into the tray. Sit back, close your eyes and listen. Rolly Brown has made a beautiful album.
An that's The Truth...