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|Edward Gerhard||Primary Artist|
|Randy Roos||Electric Guitar|
|Ed Gerhard||Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Cumbus|
|Ed Gerhard||Arranger, Engineer|
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.