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This is instrumental Americana…heavy on the “A”
(Nashville, TN – February 27) For just a second, think classic instrumental rock. “Sleep Walk,” “Green Onions,” “Apache,” “Tall Cool One.” “Walk Don’t Run.” Each of these timeless tunes captured widespread attention, and all but “Apache” shot to the top of the charts when rock and roll was fairly new. Now, think Americana. Before it had a name, it’s the music that was played out on the front porch with the whole family gathered round light years before music became big business and lyric content was king.
Grammy-award winning American fingerstyle guitarist, Eric Tingstad, is renowned for creating beautifully crafted instrumental tunes with a definite “sense of place.” His latest outings move away from chamber-style classical guitar, into the western roots of American music. On Feb. 21 he released “Badlands,” a 12-cut collection following a Grammy-nomination for “Southwest” in 2007.
With layers of American fingerstyle guitar over crunchy telecaster and infectious grooves, “Badlands” features abundant steel guitars, dobro, fiddle, and Shamanic drumming. Tingstad’s talent is enhanced with the enlisted help of guitarist and dobro player, Cindy Cashdollar; percussionist Byron Metcalf; and woodwind virtuoso, Nancy Rumbel; leading a posse of contributing session players.
Eleven tunes out of the even dozen are original compositions that rock, chill, saunter, and soar above western roots. From the opening tune, “Ceremony of the Aurora” through the final cut, “The Last Roundup” Tingstad takes us on an atmospheric jaunt that is salt of the earth, pure and rootsy where you become very aware lyrics would be an unnecessary embellishment. The refreshing absence of lyrics lets the music breathe and blossom. And the listener is allowed to drive through their own personal soundscape arriving at a chosen destination without someone whispering in their ear.
A great deal of discretion and liberty is taken attempting to define Americana music. Most definitely it’s the enormously popular renegade stepchild to country music. Being the wild child and all, Americana doesn’t fit perfectly into a slot where one size fits all. It is liberal and traditional. It’s all about wide open rural space as much as it’s about personal introspective moments. However the music happens to speak to you, is a matter of personal choice. If there’s a time you need to reach down to find your boot straps, or simply lay back and take it all in, Tingstad sets a perfect stage for whatever the situation requires.
Best known as the harmonic half of Tingstad & Rumbel, Tingstad launched his career as a classical guitarist trained in the Segovian tradition. His first outing with Nancy Rumbel launched this unlikely duo of classical guitar, oboe, English horn and ocarina in 1985 when their highly acclaimed holiday CD, The Gift sold 11,000 units in ten weeks. The Gift has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is a holiday classic. Playing over a hundred dates a year in small rural communities, national parks, and America’s best concert halls did not go unnoticed and in 2003 Tingstad & Rumbel won a Grammy Award in support of “Acoustic Garden.” Well-received, and highly revered for their musicianship, stewardship of the land, preservation of the environment, contributions to humanitarian causes, art and architecture, Tingstad & Rumbel have shared a musical journey few artists will have the pleasure to experience. And yes, Tingstad and Rumbel are married, but not to each other. Eric is married to Carol Tingstad, with whom he has two beautiful grown daughters.
For more information about Tingstad, “Badlands” and “Southwest” visit http://erictingstad.com. More information documenting his career can be found at http://tingstadrumbel.com.
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