Friday, August 10, 2012

Toulouse Engelhardt, Toulousology, Definitive Guitar Soli, 1976-2009

Toulouse Engelhardt was one of the somewhat lesser-known artists in the Takoma stable of acoustic original post-folk guitarists back in the day, but he was good. He is good. Lost Grove Arts (1007) wisely has seen fit to put together an anthology of some of his best solo work on acoustic 12-string and a tad of the electric on Toulousology.

It's a very handy way to get to know Toulouse's stylistic universe. He sometimes sounds more like Kottke than Fahey. But then again he mostly sounds like himself.

There are original sounds, some very nice open-tuning picking and a good cross-section of moods and modes.

Based on this compilation he deserves a wider exposure. If you like a good acoustic blast of fresh air, here you have it.

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