Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jack Rose & Bill Nace

Sunday at BAR, Shaki is bringing two guitar greats to tear the walls off the place.

Jack Rose is a genius on the acoustic guitar. Once playing with noise/drone band Pelt, he branched out and started doing solo acoustic material a few years ago. You can definitely hear influences from greats like John Fahey and Robbie Basho, but he still retains a unique style of his own. His album Kensington Blues is a must-listen for any guitar player. It's got ragtime, raga, blues, and folk all woven into a beautiful tapestry of introspective, almost astral music. His newest album is a collaboration with The Black Twigs, appropriately titled Jack Rose and The Black Twig Pickers. It was released in May and it's a big departure from his usual, adding the band and opting for an upbeat Appalacian folk swagger, there's a lot going on there, and it's a really amazing album that sounds like it was recorded by Alan Lomax himself. It doesn't look like the Twigs are on the bill, so it will probably be Rose solo, but either way, it's a great album. I'm really looking forward to this seeing him live.

Underground Western Mass artist Bill Nace has played with a lot of big names, including his project Northampton Wools with Thurston Moore, and many projects with Paul Flaherty. He's done lots of experimental music all over the map, and is a sonic genius on the guitar. It's going to be interesting to say the least, and I don't really know what to expect out of him for this show, but whatever it is, I'm sure it will melt some skulls.

21+, 9:00, Free

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