RAISING THE BLUES featuring Grammy Winner ED GERHARD & National Guitar Fingerstyle Champion PETE HUTTLINGER
March 28, 2009
An Evening of Acoustic Guitar with All proceeds to benefit Raising The Blues, Ltd. --Raising The Spirits, Abilities & Aspirations of Children through interactive musical opportunities. About Ed Gerhard GRAMMY Award-Winning guitarist Ed Gerhard From sold out tours of Japan, to festivals in Italy and venues across the US, Ed Gerhard's music has touched concert audiences all over the world. Gerhard stands out among instrumental performers...
An Evening of Acoustic Guitar with All proceeds to benefit Raising The Blues, Ltd. --Raising The Spirits, Abilities & Aspirations of Children through interactive musical opportunities. About Ed Gerhard GRAMMY Award-Winning guitarist Ed Gerhard From sold out tours of Japan, to festivals in Italy and venues across the US, Ed Gerhard's music has touched concert audiences all over the world. Gerhard stands out among instrumental performers for his ability to captivate audiences with a combination of virtuosity, generosity and humor distinctly his own. Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note. Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar or Hawaiian Lap Steel, Gerhard's musical intensity comes with a sly sense of humor. His distinctive touch is unmistakable. Whether performing a lush, sensual ballad or a haunting, bitter lap steel melody Gerhard will mesmerize an audience, crack them up with an improvised joke then carry them into the depths of the next piece before they know it. Gerhard's relationship with the guitar began at age 10, when he happened upon classical guitar master Andreas Segovia on TV. "I'd heard all the pop music on the radio and maybe a little of that 60s folk stuff, but this was the first time I'd ever heard the guitar all by itself and the sound just instantly got me," he remembers. Ed finally got his first guitar at 14. His initial interest in classical guitar changed dramatically when he first heard the music of bluesman Mississippi John Hurt. Quitting lessons after the third one ("It just wasn't any fun at all"), He took some informal lessons with friends and learned by ear, slowing down LPs to half-speed to pick out the tricky parts. At fifteen, Ed was already beginning to perform in local church-basement coffeehouses, playing solo and jamming with friends. In 1977 Gerhard moved to New Hampshire where he has resided ever since. Joining a thriving folk and acoustic music scene proved invaluable for the young guitarist. "There seemed to be no limitation on places to play back then, or more importantly, what you could play" says Ed. "You could play anything you wanted as long as people stayed around and drank." When Gerhard was not performing solo he could often be seen sitting in with other musicians. "I loved to play, it didn't matter if I was solo or sideman." During this period Ed began composing and arranging music for solo guitar, using a staggering array of alternative guitar tunings. In 1987 Gerhard's first album "Night Birds" was released. "Night Birds" garnered rave reviews from guitar fans and the press, including a spot in the Boston Globe's Critics' Poll Top Ten Albums of the Year. Shortly after the album's release, Windham Hill Records included Ed on its Guitar Sampler (Vol.1). One of the highlights of the (over 300,000 units sold) Sampler, is Gerhard's composition "The Handing Down." The superior audio quality of Gerhard's 1993 album "Luna" lead both Neumann and Mackie Designs, two of the world's most respected manufacturers of professional audio and recording equipment to "endorse" the recording. Ed has released his eighth CD "Sunnyland" in homage to his early blues heroes. He was awarded a GRAMMY for his inclusion on the CD Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar. Warner Brothers released Ed Gerhard; The Guitar Songbook and his guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie and Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burns film "Mark Twain" and his upcoming film "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." Along with players like Ben Harper and David Lindley, Gerhard's unique approach to the Weissenborn (an acoustic Hawaiian lap slide guitar) is playing a significant a role in reinvigorating interest in this somewhat esoteric but beautiful instrument. Ed's style of Weissenborn playing is unique in that he composes and arranges music for solo Weissenborn with beautiful melodies, complex chords and moving basslines, unusual for an instrument that is normally serves an accompaniment role. Ed is featured in the book "Lap Steel Guitar" alongside legendary players like Greg Leisz, David Lindley, Jerry Byrd and more. In a true collaboration of guitarist and guitar maker, Breedlove Guitars released the "Ed Gerhard Signature Model" guitar. The guitar has become one of Breedlove's best selling guitars and won the "Player's Choice Award" by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Ed Tours in the US, Europe, Canada, Japan & Korea. About Pete Huttlinger "In Pete Huttlinger's hands, a fingerpicked flat-top becomes a mini-orchestra. He juggles it all: a tune's melody, harmony, and bass lines-even percussion. His playing is fun, scary, and always inspiring." Guitar Player After a day of demanding music classes at Berklee College, Peter Huttlinger would grab a friend, rush to the Harvard Square subway station and spend the afternoon there playing music for tips. The two always came back with their pockets filled. For Huttlinger, this routine symbolized what has become his abiding outlook toward music: Perfect your art, but play to the crowd. Since his days of subway busking, Huttlinger has developed into a world-renowned guitarist. Even as a must-have sideman, he occupied some pretty choice real estate, including the Hollywood Bowl and London's Royal Albert Hall with John Denver, Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and stadiums around the world with numerous other pop and country superstars. He has been a featured artist with the San Diego and Houston symphonies and is a favorite guest artist of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In 2000 Huttlinger won the title of National Fingerstyle Champion at the prestigious Walnut Valley Festival. In the past five years, Huttlinger has stepped into the solo spotlight. He has just released his latest CD, The Santa Rita Connection. This newest collection is hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed Naked Pop CD. Ten of the 13 tracks on The Santa Rita Connection are original compositions. "I've been writing tunes since I was 14 years old," says Huttlinger. Naked Pop was a way to introduce my playing to people using tunes that they were familiar and comfortable with, thus setting the stage for a CD of my own tunes." The Santa Rita Connection does however include some classic covers, such as the blinding version of George Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm," Huttlinger's mind-boggling arrangement of Steve Wonder's "Superstition," and a beautiful adaptation of the timeless "Sunny." Huttlinger refers to The Santa Rita Connection as "my best collection of fingerstyle performances ever." He explains, "My playing has matured to a point where I feel really comfortable. I'm at a place where my technical chops and writing skills are all coming together." Born in Washington, D.C., Huttlinger descended from two lines of prominent journalists. His grandfather on his mother's side, Fred Walker, was an editor of the San Francisco Call-Bulletin, reporting directly to its owner and publisher, William Randolph Hearst. Huttlinger's father, Joseph, was a White House correspondent and a publisher of his own newsletter on the oil industry. "My dad took my mom to the White House on their first date," Huttlinger says, "and while they were walking around, President Truman came out and said, "Hi, Joe." That got Mom's attention." When Huttlinger's father died in 1964, his mother moved with her six children to northern California. "My mom played piano - almost every evening," Huttlinger recalls. "It was real comforting to hang out and listen. She wasn't trained, but she had a real melodic sense about her." By the age of 12, Huttlinger had begun music lessons and by 14 he had settled on the guitar. Soon after he graduated from high school, a relative left him a small inheritance. He decided to use this windfall to study at Berklee College of Music, the Boston-based academic home of such musical luminaries as Quincy Jones, Kevin Eubanks, Melissa Ethridge, Brandford Marsalis, Bruce Cockburn and Paula Cole. It was there that Huttlinger found he had a knack for music theory and harmony. "All that made sense to me," he says. Huttlinger graduated cum laude from Berklee in 1984 and moved to Nashville. During the eighteen years since that move, Huttlinger has established himself as a top-notch session player, composer, arranger, bandleader, songwriter and sideman. During the early 90s, John Denver's tour manager and producer Kris O'Connor heard Huttlinger on another project and was so impressed that he recommended him for Denver's band. Huttlinger toured, recorded and performed on television with Denver from 1994 until the singer's death in 1997. Huttlinger has performed on numerous Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated projects. He has also been nominated for an Emmy for music he both composed and performed for a PBS special. His performances have been used in several national TV series, including the PBS Nature special "Let This Be A Voice." He created the theme song for ESPN's Flyfishing America, a program on which he has made guest appearances. Competing at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Huttlinger matched licks with 37 of the nimblest guitarists in the world to win the 2000 National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. He has since been featured on the cover of Fingerstyle Guitar twice, and has been profiled in Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar and Guitar World Acoustic. He has created two series of instructional DVDs that have become Homespun Tapes top sellers. One series is his much in demand Learn To Play The Songs of John Denver (Vol. I, II & III). The other series includes instructionals of his own arrangements and practice techniques. Peers consider Huttlinger one of today's finest fingerstyle guitarists. Dirty Linen magazine labeled him "a powerhouse guitarist," and Guitar Player magazine referred to his playing as "an amazing display of all-around fingerstyle mastery. Scary stuff." Huttlinger lives in Nashville and plays everywhere. BOUT RAISING THE BLUES, LTD. Raising The Blues, Ltd. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational corporation based in Melrose, MA. Primarily through the use of Blues music, the mission of Raising The Blues, Ltd. is to raise the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children undergoing medical treatment and recovery and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges. To learn more about the Raising The Blues (TM) services or to make a donation, visit www.RaisingTheBlues.org or call 646-643-9919