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Local Artist of the Month: Daniel Bachman

In a time where many artists are moving away from traditional instrumentation and moving towards electronics, acts like Daniel Bachman help keep music lovers rooted in the fundamentals. But that’s not to say that Bachman is an ordinary artist by any means. Daniel Bachman is a swiftly rising traditionalist in the music scene and when he made the move to Chapel Hill he was immediately embraced by the local community. There’s no wonder why either, Bachman’s acoustic fingerpicking is anything but simplistic. Using varied open tunings Bachman weaves together complex compositions filled with dense layers of melody, making his perplexing techniques seem effortless.

Bachman’s music is soothing and enchanting, making him an easy choice for our February Artist of the Month. Bachman’s most recent release Jesus, I’m A Sinner delves into American Primitivism, using bluesy fingerpicking techniques to convey his rustic instrumental aura. Whether Bachman is wielding a lapsteel, acoustic or banjo, he’s creating expansive and limitless music using minimal equipment. Bachman knows how to create an immersive environment within his music, making it easy to lose yourself in his rich sounds. With three LPs out within the past two years and another on the way for 2014, this young workhorse has no slowing down in sight.

John Kovalchic’s interview with Daniel Bachman will air on Feb. 14, the same day that Bachman is set to take the stage at Lincoln Theatre for Night 2 of our annual Double Barrel Benefit. Bachman will be performing alongside Mount Moriah, Bombadil and Loamlands. Tune in at 5:00 on Friday, Feb. 14 to hear our Artist of the Month segment with this immensely talented young guitarist.

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Next week’s Musicology show: Al Di Meola

Return to Forever

On the Musicology show next week, I will feature the collected works of Latin-American jazz fusion guitar player: Al Di Meola. We’re going to start at the beginning of his career as member of Chick Corea’s band Return to Forever, and move to his solo works. Expect to hear sounds from Return to Forever’s album: Romantic Warrior, as well as Di Meola’s Elegant Gypsy, This is Jazz, Friday Night in San Francisco (Featuring Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia), and The Infinite Desire.

Listen in Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.