Erick Turnbull is my featured guitarist today. In 2005, he was the Canadian National finger picking champion. I have his new CD and it’s filled with good stuff. I’ve placed links to several videos of him playing on YouTube, but they don’t really do justice to his playing. Songs like Jazz in AM, Ladders, and A.D.D. will make you start swaying to the groove. Egypt starts out like an old English lute tune. Very nice. You can check out his CD at www.candyrat.com or Amazon. You can also preview much of his CD at http://www.last.fm/music/Erick+Turnbull. Check him out on MySpace.
Low C:This seems to be his signature song. Very intricate picking/fretwork and nice harmonics. The song really moves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fne0RH4SRiY&feature=related
Bomba Checka: Really funky. It’s got a great groove. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T90ELHF8rIM&feature=related
June Tune: Kind of a mellow song, almost Celtic in its feel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbZ4puGvb1s
Watchtower: Nice version of the song. This has always been one of my favorites. Always loved the Jimi Hendrix version, which, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest rock songs ever. He sings on this one and his vocal style fits nicely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYhvVdjdjSo
Although I can’t drink wine right now because of my diet, I have a backlog of elixirs that I haven’t written up. So for today, how about a La Crema 2006 Sonoma County Pinot Noir? $19.00. Medium bodied with a bouquet of strawberries, cherries and a touch of vanilla. A bit denser than most Pinot’s, which makes it tastier and fuller in the mouth. Complex and elegant with a soft texture. Flavors matched the bouquet. Mild tannins and a long finish. All in all, a very nice wine.
Pick up a copy of Erick’s CD, a bottle of La Crema Pinot Noir, and a copy of my latest book, Rise of the Fallen at www.bbotw.com, Barnes and Noble http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Rise-of-the-Fallen/D-Michael-Olive/e/9780741450555/?itm=1,or through any bookseller and chill.