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
[newwestguitar.com]. 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.