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Michael Hedges


Michael Hedges (1953–1997) was an American composer, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best-known for his innovative acoustic guitar/harp guitar compositions and high-energy live performances.

From 1973–1997 Hedges developed revolutionary techniques on the acoustic steel-string guitar that are widely used by guitarists today. Although he was a recording artist on the new age label Windham Hill, his music defies categorization.

Born in Sacramento on New Year’s Eve in 1953, Hedges soon moved with his family to Enid, Oklahoma where he grew up. He came to love music at an early age and took lessons in cello, clarinet, and piano. In sixth grade, Elvis and the Beatles inspired him to picked up the guitar. He played in rock bands throughout his adolescence, sometimes while wearing a white Pete Townshend-style jumpsuit. The guitar became his primary focus, but his interests expanded to other instruments along the way.


Best of Tobin Mueller, Vol. 4: Vocals

Label: ArtsForge
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc 1: Before There Were Gods; Icarus; Be My Love; Turn It Around; Door In My Heart; Let Me Play; Was There Once A Time;Pilgrim of the Great Return;What Is This Touch; Can't Complain;The Waitress;Lucky Boy; Disc 2: I Will Love; New Holy Land; When You Left; If I Could Live Long Enough ; I Have Dreamed In Another; What Thou Lovest Well; Let Yourself Dream; When I Sing; Final Words; Come To The Window; When You Awake To Me (Dreams); Pull Me Home; Loolay Lullaby


Article: Play This!

Michael Hedges: Aerial Boundaries

Read "Michael Hedges: Aerial Boundaries" reviewed by Geno Thackara

For all the people that do crazy things with the guitar, there have been precious few that actually invented new ways to play it. The late Michael Hedges did it with an organically grown hodgepodge of a style that he called “heavy mental," all acoustic tones and wicked smarts. This fellow could make one guitar into ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Guitarists in the Age of Isolation

Read "Guitarists in the Age of Isolation" reviewed by Geno Thackara

The Joel Newton Situation New Now Self Produced 2022 Since the first year of Covid had left everyone suddenly making music alone, of course it was inevitable that the trend of isolation albums would eventually give way to the out-of-isolation album as the world moved into partial circulation. For the Joel ...


Article: Top Ten List

Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye

Read "Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Hugely admired by his peers, guitarist Pat Martino never really enjoyed the high profile accorded the likes of John McLaughlin, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny or John Scofield, though in that esteemed company the Philadelphian guitarist, who passed away in 2021, surely belongs. In a sixty-year career, interrupted for the guts of a decade by ...


Article: Album Review

Julie Sassoon: If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside

Read "If You Can't Go Outside...Go Inside" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

As we've learned time and time again throughout this sick year, 2021, not many humans are ready to completely surrender themselves for the good of their fellow kind. So it's truly a beautiful thing when Berlin based pianist Julie Sassoon surrenders so completely to her instrument and the moment that, like a medium, reveals mysteries to ...


Article: Album Review

Joel Newton Situation: Out Of and Into

Read "Out Of and Into" reviewed by Geno Thackara

If Joel Newton was stuck at home in isolation during the time of Covid, his imagination apparently never got the message. Exploration and travel still make a bright and refreshing theme on this largely solo affair. Thankfully the feel of adventure and open trails has not left him; Out Of and Into has his guitar work ...


Article: Album Review

Endless Field: Alive in the Wilderness

Read "Alive in the Wilderness" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It would have been simple enough just to evoke the feel and mood of various nature spots, but Endless Field--Ike Sturm and Jesse Lewis--would rather show us that there's nothing like being there. Alive in the Wilderness was recorded in precisely that way, in a series of places through the desert of southwestern Utah, with all ...


Article: Film Review

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho

Read "Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robbie Basho A film by Liam Barker Liam Barker Film Production2015/2019 Acoustic guitar music wouldn't be the same without the pioneering effort of John Fahey, but If Fahey became the face of what he dubbed American Primitive music, a genre of advanced acoustic guitar ...


Song of the Day

The Long Sleep

Label: ArtsForge
Released: 2019
Duration: 2:15


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