Phil Heywood : Rollin On

CD [Cover Art for Phil Heywood / Rollin On] Your Price: $26.25
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Sell date: 10/2014
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5638359
CDC Part#: 1868349
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 Notes & Reviews
Phil Heywood plays fingerstyle guitar with a bluesy swing and a bucketful of whatever it takes to turn an instrumental piece into an arresting lyrical narrative. His lucid playing encompasses the down-home rhythmic groove of a Mississippi John Hurt or Big Bill Broonzy, and the sheer fluidity and melodic flair of such contemporaries as Leo Kottke or Mark Knopfler. The internationally renowned Kottke, in fact, once handpicked Heywood to tour and perform duets with him. A soul-satisfying instrumentalist, Phil draws listeners in with his voice as well, singing in a warm, plainspoken baritone that blends smoothly with his rock-solid guitar work. Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-1980s, performing locally and regionally while also establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world. In 1986 he won the National Fingerpicking Championship, and followed up a year later by winning the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition. Phil has played on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion with guitar legend Chet Atkins, performed with fellow acoustic guitar luminaries Peter Lang, Pat Donohue, Tim Sparks, and Dakota Dave Hull, and opened shows for such artists as Norman Blake, Greg Brown, John Renbourn, Chris Smither, and John Hammond. Rollin' On is his sixth solo CD. 'Phil Heywood, 1986's National Fingerpicking Champion, may be the Midwest's best-kept secret. He rarely tours, but area guitarists hold him in high esteem for his strong musicality and easy-going personality. His powerful guitar sound features crystal-clear melody and harmony lines above subtly driving bass lines...' Gary Joyner, Acoustic Guitar magazine 'He is perhaps unique among contemporary players in the way he melds the straightforward yet sophisticated sensibility and technique of the country blues guitarists with a virtuosic attention to tone, dynamics, and textural density. The remarkable and unmistakable Heywood command of the instrument and uncommon level of taste and musical intensity are evident throughout the album.' Guitarist, a publication of the Minnesota Guitar Society 'Excellent picking that never sacrifices the integrity of the melodies to the artist's ego.' Music Reviews Quarterly.