- Release Date:
- Virtue Records
Performance CreditsEdward Gerhard Primary Artist
Ray Brunelle Drums
Randy Roos Electric Guitar
Ed Gerhard Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,Hawaiian Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Cumbus
Technical CreditsJem Finer Composer
M. Simpson Arranger
Ed Gerhard Arranger,Engineer
Public Domain Composer
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House of Guitars based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
If you like good, honest acoustic guitar music, particularly of the fingerstyle variety, this is one of the best releases of 2001. Gerhard's concept in ''House of Guitars'' was to use old, cheap pawnshop guitars (beaten-up Harmony's, a plastic Macaferri, etc.), such as many of us aging boomers first learned on, and to see if these old boxes had any ''old stories'' in them-- and he found some great ones. Gerhard mixes three beautiful, haunting originals with compelling arrangements of some traditionals (''Poor Wayfaring Stranger'' is done particularly well) and covers of McCartneys ''I Will'' and ''Junk,'' Blind Willie Nelson's ''I Just Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes'' (featuring some great slide), and the sweet & slow love song, ''Let It Be Me.'' Gerhard shuns fast/flashy pyrotechnics and focuses more on the beauty of the melody and the 'story' of the song. In his originals (particularly ''Promised Land'' and ''Because of You, This''), Gerhard reaffirms his credentials as a composer, and not just another player. But all tracks are beautifully and impeccably delivered by this masterful storyteller. Highly recommended.