Voted Guitarist of the Decade by Guitarist magazine and Best Acoustic Fingerstylist four years in a row by readers of Guitar Player, Adrian Legg is a nimble and inventive fingerstyle guitarist who uses custom electric-acoustic hybrid guitars to create a densely and delicately woven sound.
Joe Satriani says that Legg, who will appear at The Palms Playhouse on Sunday, April 15, “is simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard. I don’t know anyone else who can create such a cascade of beautiful notes.”
London-based Legg plays an unclassifiable mixture of country, jazz, folk, rock and classical styles. For all his rapid-fire playing, though, Legg never loses sight of melodies and their power to move listeners.
And on top of that, he’s a tall tale-teller of the first order, with a dry sense of humor that would be reason enough in itself to come to one of his concerts.
Says Newsday: “Unlike Richard Thompson or Robert Fripp, in whose league he belongs, Legg seems never to have been seduced by rock. But unlike Leo Kottke or Ry Cooder, whom he also occasionally resembles, Legg is an adventurer, not an archivist.”
For Legg, the fulcrum and essence of his creativity is in live performance. “Playing live is the whole point,” he stresses. “Everyone makes a journey, an effort; we all come together — me, the audience, the people who run the venue — to share this wonderful, universal, human emotional interaction. This is where music lives.”
Legg’s performance style is captured on his latest recording. Released late last year, “Adrian Legg Live” is a double album of music and stories recorded in concert last spring.
Tickets for Adrian Legg’s Sunday, April 15 show at The Palms Playhouse are $22 and are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out.
For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and adrianlegg.com.