John Warstler | Solace & Grace

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Solace & Grace

by John Warstler

Traditional hymns played on finger-style acoustic guitar using museum quality vintage guitars.
Genre: Easy Listening: Mood Music
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1. This is My Father's World
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2. The Ashgrove Medley
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3. Lord Whose Love in Humble Service
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4. Simple Gifts
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5. Wondrous Love
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6. Sweet Hour of Prayer
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7. Nearer My God to Thee
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8. Be Thou My Vision
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9. Christ the Lord has Risen Today
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10. Ye Watchers & Ye Holy Ones/Borning Cry
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11. Hail Holy Queen
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12. We Gather Together
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13. Holy, Holy, Holy
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14. Amazing Grace
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15. Jesus Loves Me
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Solace & Grace CD is comprised of a number of relatively familiar hymns. I have been playing hymns on fingerstyle guitar for the past 20 years or so. Currently, this is something I do predominately in the privacy of my home. All arrangements are original with the majority of tunes having special tunings and capo configurations. I play all of the instruments on this CD with the lead guitar on most tracks being Eldon Whitford’s 1937 Gibson Roy Smeck. During the mastering process minimal effects were implemented due to the extraordinary natural tonal qualities of this fine instrument. Simply stated, I could not have asked for a better sounding guitar for this project.

What I hope you hear is easy listening music consisting of traditional hymns with decent guitar playing on great vintage instruments. It is my hope that Solace & Grace can put your mind and heart in a good place. What you will hear are the true voices of each guitar, much like what you would hear if you listened to my playing in my living room. The only difference is that there is more than one of me on each track. The arrangements of these hymns are all original and this recording process allowed me to do what I do best, backup another player. In this instance, I accompany myself. Some of the hymns have very sparse backing tracks of guitar and mandolin, while other hymns are more akin to guitar duets.

Eldon Whitford, author of Gibson's Fabulous Flat-Top Guitar, writes that Solace & Grace is a masterfully created CD that captures the essences of the songs and who John is. His playing is extremely accomplished with exceptional tone and feel. To guitar aficionados, it will stir their passion. These hymns have the full musical spectrum of a master pianist, but with the wonderfully rich, sweet tone of a flat-top guitar.

Thanks for listening, John.

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Shelley Youngman

This CD is my daily church, my comfort, my inspiration.
I am so grateful for Solace and Grace, John. It is aptly named. I listen to it almost daily. It is my stress reduction, my comfort, my church. The soft and familiar tunes are playing in my head all the time. Thank you for your talent and your sharing.
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Shelley Youngman

This CD is my daily church, my comfort, my inspiration.
I am so grateful for Solace and Grace, John. It is aptly named. I listen to it almost daily. It is my stress reduction, my comfort, my church. The soft and familiar tunes are playing in my head all the time. Thank you for your talent and your sharing.
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Frank Youngman

Incredible playing and tone.
This recording is one of our go to albums in the house. Beautiful versions of my childhood hymns with the most beautiful guitar tone I have ever heard.
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Suzy


Absolutely incredible! I enjoyed the samples at CD Baby so very much that I bought an extra as a gift. Five stars times two, John Warstler. You play beautifully.
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