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An Evening of American Primitive Guitar
Empty Sea Studios
Seattle, WA
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A 30+-year devotee of the so-called "American Primitive" school of acoustic steel string guitarists, Glenn Jones has been playing guitar since the age of 14. He formed Boston pysch-rock band, Cul de Sac, in 1989 and led it on its 20 year journey leaving nine albums in its wake, including collaborations with guitarist John Fahey and Can's Damo Suzuki. Jones' latest album, My Garden State (Thrill Jockey) has garnered the best reviews of his career, and made NPR's "Best Albums of 2013 list. The Wanting was released as a single CD and double LP in 2011 on the Thrill Jockey label, and it made several year-end "best of" lists.

He's also just completed a trio album with Chris Corsano and David Greenberger, slated for release in 2014. Jones has also performed with Peter Lang, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Cian Nugent, James Blackshaw, Paul Metzger, Peter Walker, Meg and Laura Baird, Harris Newman, Sean Smith, MV + EE, Dredd Foole, Sharron Kraus, Tom Carter, Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth fame), Chris Corsano, and many others.

Ralph Johnston is a gem of a guitarist who hails from Vancouver, BC. He went by the alias of Ragtime Ralph in the late 1970's and early 80's, and he has shared the stage with a number of acoustic luminaries such as Leo Kottke, John Fahey, and Robbie Basho to name a few. He has been on a creative spree since 2008 and has released 8 albums on his own independent label, Empty Square records. Influenced by the early sounds of pre-war blues music, you will hear echoes of Mississippi John Hurt blended with Charlie Patton all the while making a unique sound all of his own.

Ryan Leaf was born and raised in Spokane, WA and currently resides in Maple Valley, WA. He has laid the groundwork for his first album, Mental Landmarks, which will hopefully arrive by the summer of 2015.  Working in record stores at an early age exposed him to a myriad of sounds that might otherwise have evaded him. Always seeking the source, his musical journey has led him to the early sounds of acoustic blues pioneers, which in turn, led him back to the ringing sounds of American Primitive guitarist, John Fahey.
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Empty Sea Studios (View)
6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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