It’s the 2016 A to Z Blog Challenge, so I thought I’d focus on one of my favourite subjects: Guitars. Care to join me?
If you were with me for the A to Z Blog Challenge last year, I introduced you to Dave Beegle somewhere around “K“. I’m happy for this opportunity to wax on about one of my all-time favorite guitarists.
Dave is local to the Front Range of Colorado, specifically the Fort Collins area, though he certainly has the talent to cast his nets far wiser. His on-stage presence is playful, almost child-like in in his wonder and excitement, belying his incredible virtuosity, skill and creativity. And yet he is one of the most genuinely humble artists I’ve ever met.
I don’t quite know where to start talking about Dave. He fronted a band called Fourth Estate, a progressive-rock band that showcased his electric guitar chops to great effect, which eventually earned him an audition with Kiss. He has soloed with Blinddog Smokin’ and Artifact Symphony and as performed on stage with Phil Keaggy, who also thinks he’s amazing. He currently plays with a retro rock band, called The Juassicasters (“Rock so classic, it’s Jurassic!”). It’s add a solo artist, fronting his acoustic band in a distillation of Flamenco, jazz and rock influenced where his artistry shimmers.
There is something deeply personal about Dave’s music, and yet the joy, exuberance and passion he brings to his craft and his art is so inviting, the listener feels less like an eavesdrop and more like a welcomed guest. The rapport he has with other members of his ensemble is sheer musical alchemy. Each gifted member is allowed to demonstrate her or his ability fully and yet it never detracts from the cohesion of the ensemble. All I can tell you is that hearing Dave Beegle perform live is absolutely sublime.
Here are some tunes for you to check out: