Guitar Laboratory

Guitar Laboratory

by Steve Wariner
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Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2011
Label: Selectone Records
UPC: 0826411201122
catalogNumber: 2011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Wariner   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar
John Gardner   Rhythm Section
Barry Green   Trombone
David Hungate   Upright Bass,Rhythm Section
John Jarvis   Rhythm Section
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
Greg Morrow   Rhythm Section
Leon Rhodes   Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Rhythm Section
Paul Yandell   Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Violin
Ron Gannaway   Drums,Snare Drums,Brushes
Ryan Wariner   Guitar
Ross Wariner   Piano
Elisabeth Gannaway   Recitation

Technical Credits

Hank Garland   Composer
Steve Wariner   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Randy Gardner   Engineer
George Vaughn   Composer
Ryan Wariner   Composer
Karen Byrd   Publicity,Public Relations
Ross Wariner   Composer
Elisabeth Gannaway   translation

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Guitar Laboratory 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joe_Ross More than 1 year ago
Steve Wariner sometimes calls his studio "Twangri-La," a wry reference to the fictional "Shangri-La" as described in John Hilton's 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. Much like that mystical and harmonious place, Wariner's guitar laboratory is his paradise on earth. This album transports us temporarily to Steve's mythical utopia -- a happy, diverse guitar land where many stylings are heard. The various territories in Twangri-La are Country, Jazz, Swing, Hawaiian, Pop and Rock 'n Roll. Each territory has its own instrumental dialect, and Wariner is the lab's professor who demonstrates full fluency in the language of Guitarese. Depending on the piece, we hear the Grammy-winning Wariner play various acoustic or electric guitars, pedal steel, lap steel, and upright bass. Of course, the self-professed Telecaster man also serves up plenty of those thrilling sounds. With varied colorings in each piece, the overall project becomes an intimate portrayal of the artist. Steve's guitar laboratory isn't so much for research or experimentation as it is for documenting his eclectic tastes. With graceful, evocative confidence, the guitarist might be raw and rootsy one minute but thoughtful and delicate the next. Some of his friends and family who join in include Leon Rhodes on "Sugarfoot Rag," Paul Yandell on "Pals," his son Ross on "I Will Never Forget You," and his son Ryan on the album's rowdy closer, "Sting Ray." With Yandell, the two guitarists both play old Gretsch guitars in a tribute to Chet Atkins. One interesting tune is "Phyllis and Ramona," a sweet and melodic jazzy tribute to two Indiana musicians and teachers who play harp, piano, organ, drums and trombone. Pianist John Jarvis plays the "Phyllis" parts while trombonist Barry Green plays the "Ramona" parts. Like all the tunes on this album, it's a wistful remembrance of the many alluring capabilities of the guitar in the hands of a master like Steve Wariner. Wariner's playing takes various carefully cultivated journeys through the provinces of his world. Ever since he first moved to Nashville at age 17 to play bass with Dottie West's band, Steve Wariner's dream has always simply been to play music. Over the years, he's been associated with many different labels. He's spent nearly two decades on the Grand Ole Opry. Now with three Grammies under his belt, his own studio and his own record label (SelecTone Records), Wariner is poised to be the captain of his own ship and do his own thing. "Guitar Laboratory" illustrates the emotional electricity of an artist's confidence, depth and independence. Here's to long life and near immortality in the Land of Twangri-La. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, Oregon)