This is a music blog, this is a guitar blog, this is an album review blog, but mainly this is a blog about guitar accompaniment. I am a guitar player who enjoys the extra energy and emotion that well conceived and executed guitar playing can bring to a song.
An average song can be elevated and a well crafted song can soar with the right accompaniment. That accompaniment can come via many instruments – piano, woodwind, trumpet or more – but in many forms of today’s music it is a function of the lead guitar. Not necessarily the screaming solo guitar but the right little fill, chord inversion or even single note at the right time can turn the mundane to the magical.
There are many practitioners of this underappreciated art, some well known like Mark Knopfler or John Mayer who accompany their own songs. Many others work in relative anonymity as studio musicians or in back-up bands for well know artists. The intention of this blog is to bring artists and recordings forward and help all of those with an interest in and appreciation of the art of guitar accompaniment expand our knowledge and hopefully augment our libraries.
Most of my entries will focus on recordings that I find to have noteworthy examples of guitar accompaniment. These might be recordings from the catalog of well known artists, recordings by less familiar artists that deserve wider popularity or new music from new artists. Please participate in the discussion. Add comments, suggest other musical examples. There are lots of talented artists out there that should be heard and appreciated by as many people as possible.