BLAKE AARON Soul Stories Heading full-throttle into his second decade as a recording artist and his seventh year as host of the popular syndicated “Blake Aaron Live w Tina Anderson,” the multi-faceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality – now releasing his highly anticipated 4th full length CD, and his first completely self-produced solo project – has a lot of fresh and dynamic musical Soul Stories to tell. Once again drawing on a lifetime of diverse musical influences to create a masterful fusion of jazz, R&B, soul, rock, blues and Latin sounds, the Southern California based Aaron creates his most expansive, fully expressive collection yet, artfully alternating his lead voice between three of his favorite guitars: the D’Angelico hollow body, the Fender Stratocaster and the Cordoba Nylon string. His special guests, saxophonist/flutist Najee, vocalist Spencer Day, and vocalist Derek Bordeaux, are among the hundreds of guests that have appeared with Aaron and his co-host Tina Anderson on his live music radio show. “The diversity on Soul Stories and previous albums comes from the fact that I’ve always played all kinds of different music throughout my life,” says Aaron, a veteran studio and touring sideman and TV/film score performer who released his debut album With Every Touch in 2001. “People are most familiar to me now as a contemporary jazz artist, but I’ve been in all kinds of different bands playing rock, funk, R&B and straight ahead jazz. So I’ve never been able to focus on just one style. It’s a more challenging process at live shows when I’m working with several different guitars, but I’m able to create albums and shows that take people on a musical journey.” Aaron’s fans have long been entertained by his multi-guitar approach in his live performances where he’ll set up his nylon string guitar on a stand while the Strat or hollow body is strapped around his shoulder – allowing for some amazing switch-offs during the same song. “As with my live performances, I like to make all of my records as if they are movies,” he says, “with all the emotional ups and downs, as if I am taking the listener through a story or a musical landscape. With Soul Stories , I wanted to try to tell compelling musical stories, some with words but most without. Many artists like to focus on one trademark sound, but I have to use different modes of expression because that’s really who I am.