Michael Hedges: All Along the Watchtower (1987)
I first heard Michael Hedges’ music around 1990 or so, when Taproot came out. I was instantly enthralled. He revolutionized acoustic guitar playing, and despite being on the nascent Windham Hill label, he didn’t fit neatly in the “new age” category. Misty, Scott and I had the good fortune to see him live in 1994, a few years before his untimely death. I picked this video because, despite its middling visual quality, it captured his wry stage presence, his obsession with tuning, and his tremendous playing. I also beg you to go listen to Rickover’s Dream.
Andy McKee: Africa (2006)
Amy turned me onto Andy McKee this week, and oh my am I thrilled. McKee became Internet-famous at the end of last year when one of his YouTube videos was Dugg. I chose this video because the song will be familiar and will give you a beginning idea of his Hedges-like skills, but as with Hedges, you really need to hear one of his original compositions (like Art of Motion).
For this week’s bonus video, let’s take a look back at a commercial I saw when I was but a child.
4 thoughts on “Friday Night Videos: Acoustic Guitars”
You’d probably also be impressed with Adam’s “Drifting,” which amazes me for being played almost completely on the guitar’s neck:
I dithered between Drifting and Art of Motion to link to, but the musicality of the latter won out over the crazy neck-playing of the former.
Ok, Stephen, did you post this (All Along the Watchtower) before the Battlestar Galactica finale? You must be a Cylon!
He did actually post it before the BSG finale and he probably did it for me because that is my favorite song. However, I didn’t like the BSG version at all.
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