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Music, Hear This Stringing You Along

Stringing You Along

It's rare that a modern instrumental guitarist possesses a sound all his own, but James Blackshaw is a true innovator. The London native launched a series of home recordings that caught the ears of critics and the public, leading to…
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Music, Hear This Mexican six-string superheroes Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mexican six-string superheroes Rodrigo y Gabriela

Berkeley resident Sean Smith and the U.K.'s James Blackshaw are part of the underground acoustic guitar network, descending stylistically from American iconoclast John Fahey. Like Fahey, Smith and Blackshaw mostly perform unaccompanied, have tremendous technique that serves the music instead…
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