Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Instrumental New Age, folk, with occasional blues
Most recent release, Sunnyland (2006)
Other easy-listening instrumental guitarists
Own and covers
See album comments below
Recommended first album:
house of guitars is the first we've heard
2001—Virtue Records, PO Box 158, Center Strefford, NH 03815-0158, USA—VIRTUE VRD 1925
See website for availability
Recommended for instrumental music fans
Ed Gerhard—guitars, lap steel, bass, cumbus, percussion
Randy Roos-electric guitar on 1 track
House of Guitars is a pleasant album, and I mean that in the best sense of the word. Ed Gerhard's new age folk (with occasional forays into blues) mixes originals, traditionals, and covers. All but one of the songs are solo, and Ed plays several kinds of guitars (acoustic, Hawaiian, slide, lap steel) as well as bass and a few other instruments. It's the kind of music you want to listen to on a rainy Saturday afternoon or while curled up in front of the fireplace. That is to say it's both comfortable and comforting. It's laid back, tender, and pretty. There's nothing bad on it or about it, but I don't find anything particularly compelling either. If you're a fan of instrumental guitar music, you might like it very much. If you're not (and I admit I'm not) then you might find it makes nice background music but not much more. I see on Amazon that he does have 2 Christmas albums which I'm actually interested in checking out. I think his style might work very nicely with holiday music. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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