Calum Graham, an 18-year-old phenom, has exploded onto the guitar scene in the short five years he’s been playing. Watching and listening to him makes me wonder why I ever thought I could play. He has a beautiful sense of melody, his left and right hand technique is incredible, and his upbeat style gets my head to bobbin. He won First Place at the 2010 Canadian Guitar Festival with his original compositions. It’s the first time a teenager has ever won. The previous year, a First Place finish at the 2009 Calgary Stampede Talent Search qualified him to compete in Nationals at the C.Y.T.C where he also finished first. He just released his first CD entitled “Sunny Side Up.” Check out “Hella Good,” his arrangement of a Gwen Stefani tune and keep on dancing! I’m no prophet, but I see a long and fruitful career ahead for him. Enjoy!
Hella Good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-zCshXQTLo&feature=related
Sunny Side Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekHWshbFS9w&feature=related
Tears On My Toes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HCxetkEWQk
Thru The Photo Album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hCJSn9X_MU&feature=related
Classical Gas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ3FSSrMReI&feature=related
Anybody Home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNWv8x4bIbQ&feature=related
1St Place song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbWStK5pHBE&feature=related
The Best Day Ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4-rLbzFnL4&feature=related
Since Calum is under 21, I suppose I should review a root beer…nah! He won’t be able to enjoy it for a few years, but you can. Tonight I’m featuring a smooth, elegant 2006 Lake Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley Wines ($18.00). Inky purple with a bouquet filled with red and dark fruit, it has flavors of red raspberry, cassis, currants, and cocoa. Great balance with solid tannins and a lengthy finish. Wine Enthusiast gave it a 91 & so do I. So, start the week off with a bit of guitar groove and a bottle of Lake Sonoma Cabernet. And if you’re underage, have your parents put a bottle away for your 21st birthday. It’ll age well. Enjoy!