The guitar. Played and beloved by millions, but mastered by only a small handful. This August, The Cedar is proud to present California Guitar Trio (8/5), Hot Tuna (8/14), and Andy McKee (8/21), three artists who have truly made the instrument their own. Don’t miss these masters at The Cedar next month!
The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives them to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music.
In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio’s shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they’re part of the music, not just spectators. In fact, the group’s goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second.
The name Hot Tuna invokes as many different moods and reactions as there are Hot Tuna fans — millions of them. To some, Hot Tuna is a reminder of some wild and happy times. To others, that name will forever be linked to their own discovery of the power and depth of American blues and roots music. To newer fans, Hot Tuna is a tight, masterful duo that is on the cutting edge of great music.
Begun as an acoustic spinoff of the Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna eventually became the full-time focus of founding members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. For more than four decades, Hot Tuna has played, toured, and recorded some of the best and most memorable acoustic and electric music ever, with a career that has lead to nearly two-dozen albums, thousands of concerts around the world, and continued popularity.
Andy McKee is among the world’s finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.
McKee’s crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today’s most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours.
Plus, Coming up in September:
Revered for his unique slide guitar technique, Sonny Landreth has collaborated with many legendary performers including John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett, Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton. Summer of 2013, Sonny was part of the Peter Frampton led Guitar Circus tour, often closing the night playing with Frampton on an extended “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Cindy Cashdollar’s expertise is in great demand on both steel guitar and dobro. She has worked with many leading artists in various genres including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Ryan Adams. With the iconic western swing group Asleep At The Wheel, she garnered 5 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2011.