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Radio Flyer

by Steven Dillon

New age, progressive, solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Goochland Shuffle
3:31 $0.99
2. Learning To Fly
2:50 $0.99
3. Mauna Loa
3:52 $0.99
4. A Walk In The Park
4:00 $0.99
5. Autumnal Winds
3:30 $0.99
6. Another Day Of Infamy
3:21 $0.99
7. Radio Flyer
5:00 $0.99
8. Black Keys
3:53 $0.99
9. Thermalling
3:01 $0.99
10. Rockbridge County Nature Show
2:58 $0.99
11. Voyager
3:26 $0.99
12. Tumbleweed
4:18 $0.99
13. Silver Lining
3:07 $0.99
14. Inverse Richard
3:15 $0.99
15. Influenced
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Steven Dillon's solo acoustic fingerstyle guitar sound is uniquely his own. Written with passion and emotion, his songs are stylishly filled with guitar wizardry. This self-taught musician combines Folk, New Age, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, and Heavy Metal into an original, eclectic blend of instrumental music.

Steven cut his musical teeth on Bluegrass and by the age of 14 was exercising his musical skills on a 12-string guitar: writing and recording his own songs. However, after attending a Van Halen concert, his attention quickly turned to the electric guitar. Steven honed his licks and techniques studying the works of Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch, Warren DeMartini, Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore, and many others.

Following a 10-year hiatus from the guitar, during which time he completed a college degree and became a software engineer, Steven was the victim of a near-fatal car accident. This life-altering event made Steven feel as if he had been given a new lease on life and inspired him to return to his first love--writing music and playing the acoustic guitar.

His fingerstyle guitar influences include Preston Reed, Don Ross, Billy McLaughlin, Peter Finger, Stephen Bennett, and similar Narada and Windham Hill guitarists. "I believe that my style and sound have been shaped by my past as well as musicians who were inspired by Michael Hedges. I'm sort of a second generation Hedges'-influenced player," smiles Steven.



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henk te Veldhuis

"Impressive CD which absorbs a listener".
It's there Steven Dillon's long expected new CD called Radio Flyer. Steven Dillon is a brilliant finger-style guitarist who plays in the style of Don Ross, Thomas
Leeb, Preston Reed among many others. His last album First of All did impress as well the press as his fans.
On Radio Flyer one notices the progress he made in many aspects as techniques and composing. The first track Goochland Shuffle is brilliant with a dynamic groove
on a repeating melody line which absorbs one from the beginning to the end. Many pennings of Steven show a
lot of techniques like tapping and slapping,as on
Autumnal Winds, Another Day of Infamy, Tumbleweed,
Silver Lining and Influenced. Most pieces are very
fast with at times some killer chops and some titles
with an average tempo like A Walk in the Park and the
title track Radio Flyer which has rich overtones. Another superb work is Voyager which has an intimate setup and
has a moving melancholic feeling and first-class guitar techniques. Steven Dillon released with “Radio Flyer” a top-notch album which will impress any guitar enthusiast.

Henk te Veldhuis
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... This is that guy who plays the steel-string acoustic guitar like a fifteen-fingered freak from beyond our solar system. That's who Steven Dillon is. He may have a day job, but he is barking up the wrong tree with whatever it is he does. This guy, if he doesn't get carpal tunnel (he's already had it once and even completely gave up his axe for several years), should be playing the big festivals and recording for Windham Hill. If he and Will Ackerman ever get together, I guarantee you right now that I will shoot myself in the face, and gleefully too, because after that, nothing else will ever be good again. How could reality ever compete? No, this isn't just some crazy blissed-out New Age crapfest, nor is it some technically perfect but utterly soulless fleet-fingered wanker music. This is freaking incredible stuff that should be listened to right alongside of masters like Michael Hedges. If you like the weird acoustic jams of Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull, you'll love this crazy, beautful stuff... this guy is truly a monster from hell.

Music Morsels

The second CD from Virginia-based instrumental guitarist Steven Dillon shows further explorations of his talents. Tilting towards the style of a more bare-bones Leo Kottke, Steven weaves intricate fingerstyle plucking into ear friendly rhythms. From the World flavored “Mauna Loa” to the folkish “A Walk In the Park” and the uplifting joy of the title track, Steven proves again that he can funnel his emotions through his fingers in subtly stunning fashion.

Indie Music Stop

... This release acts as a real showcase for Steven's guitar playing talent. Listening to the songs had a real soothing effect on me... Since the songs are instrumental I appreciated that in the CD's booklet Steven wrote a little piece about what inspired each of the songs found on the CD... If you're looking for some good instrumental guitar music then give this CD a spin.