Genre: Instrumental Jazz-Blues-Folk-County-Bluegrass-Pop Fusion

Medium: Live Concert

Venue: Tempe Center for the Arts

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


There is only one statement that can describe how good the New West Guitar Group

really sounds: pure auditory ambrosia. Never in all my days of musical enjoyment

has a group so talented fallen into my eardrum. I would compare this talented trio

of guitarists to men such as Doc Watson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John McLaughlin.

While they might not be as well known as those gods of the six string, the New West

Guitar Group is every bit as talented.

The venue, Tempe Center for the Arts, was beautiful. With its outdoor fire pits,

intimate setting, and zero-edge fountain that comes right up to the floor-to-ceiling

windows, it was almost as breathtaking as the music that was played there. If you

ever have the chance, I would definitely recommend seeing a performance there.

As for the New West Guitar Group, their stage demeanor rivaled their playing

abilities. The band expressed some great charm not only between themselves, but

with the audience as well.

Their set list ranged from popular classics reworked to fit their instrumental style

to completely original pieces that were absolutely mind-blowing. This band rocks;

there is absolutely no doubt about that.

The New West Guitar Group is currently working on a new album. From the

sound of some of their new tracks they graced us with, this next album is going

to be their greatest yet. I strongly suggest that anyone even remotely interested

in instrumental guitar music give a listen to some of the band’s songs on

[]. They also have quite a few videos of concerts floating around

their website and YouTube. If you are anything like me, you will be begging for more

after the first couple of notes.

Keep an eye out for the next time this group hits an Arizona stage. But, if you can’t

wait that long, they are well worth even the longest of road trips.

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