Beyond Berkeley Guitar

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As the title suggests, Beyond Berkeley Guitar expands the boundaries, stylistically and regionally, to display the prowess of seven Bay Area guitarists, all of whom use solo guitar composition as a means of profound personal expression.

This collection spans generations of players, from Aaron Sheppard, a twenty year old virtuoso fingerpicker, to Richard Osborn a free-raga style player who studied with Robbie Basho in the 1960’s. The album also offers the rare treat of hearing a woman represented within a genre dominated almost entirely by men; Ava Mendoza, whose wiley and highly technical playing closes the album. Included as well are two gentle players, Trevor Healy and Chuck Johnson, who both come from avant rock pasts.

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released June 1, 2010

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Chuck Johnson Oakland, California

Recordings available from VDSQ, Three Lobed, Trouble in Mind, Strange Attractors Audio House, Scissor Tail Editions, Communion, and Amish, among others.

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