The Guitarists: Sean Wrubel and Daniel Halliday

As you may have heard, guitar legend Glenn Jones has a new album out. I still need to dive into the album but what I’ve heard so far was just as amazing as I could expect from Glenn.
Oh, I couldn’t resist, you gotta see the new video by Glenn:
Meanwhile, two guitarists grabbed my attention with their fabulous acoustic guitar works.

A new EP by Sean Wrubel is available for a free download. He mentions Jack Rose, Steve Gunn, John Fahey, James Blackshaw, and Daniel Bachman as influences but I could definitely hear some Robbie Basho there and surprisingly, in the last track, even Steffen Basho-Junghans (which is great as I haven’t listened to his music for a long time, thanks for the reminder!). Really powerful and slightly psychedelic, I enjoy it a lot.

It’s interesting to hear the differences between Sean’s music and the beautiful, more peaceful album from Daniel Halliday, available on BandCamp for a reasonable price.
(The front cover brings Steve Tibbetts to mind. Maybe it’s just me)

You can hear that Haunts is released by a UK musician. It is rich with melodies, the picking is gentle and brings to mind the works of John Renbourn and Jansch at times, but he also lists John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Leo Kottke, the Durutti Column, David Pajo, Jim O’Rourk as influences. It is really intimate and moving and to be honest I can’t stop playing it in the last couple of days.

So there you have it, two beautiful albums by two fine guitarists and composers. Just when you think you’ve heard everything, the world gives you more and more surprises. Fun.

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