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Friday, October 28, 2011

Gareth Pearson & Chateau Maine-Pascaud

For Gareth Pearson, it all started just before Christmas 2002, when, bored and sitting at home, he put on one of his Dad’s videos of Tommy Emmanuel performing Classical Gas. From that moment, he knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. Tommy changed his life.

The first tune Gareth learned to play was Tommy’s version of Windy and Warm and in March 2004, Gareth finally got to meet Tommy and talk with him back stage before a concert. Tommy had him play for him then advised him on what he should do to be a better player. He’s stuck to his advice.

Gareth is now considered a virtuoso in the field of finger style guitar, even though he’s barely out of his teens. He has a distinctive style to his playing that has earned him accolades from world-renowned players. Jan Akkerman has called him a genius, and his idol, Tommy Emmanuel, was inspired to write a song about him, which he named The Welsh Tornado.

In less than five years, he has grown into a full-fledged professional who now performs in many parts of the World. With influences such as Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and of course, Tommy Emmanuel, Gareth’s arsenal of styles runs a broad gamut, even if you can’t see his fingers move as they dance across the strings with amazing fluidity. Don’t miss his arrangement of “Billie Jean.” It’s the best I’ve ever heard. I think you’ll like him. Enjoy!

It’s a beautiful autumn day today. There’s crispness in the air and brilliantly colored leaves cover my deck, so I’m going to feature a European wine, more specifically one from France. The 2007 Chateau Maine-Pascaud ($16.00) is 50% Merlot 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon, and 25% Cabernet Franc. It’s very reasonably priced and a good value. Its color is deep ruby with a bouquet of blackberry, cherry, and wild flowers. Its palate is full of dark berry, cassis, and a touch of vanilla. It has a big mouth feel for a wine at this price. So, welcome fall with a bottle of Chateau Maine-Pascaud and the music of a phenomenal young guitarist. Enjoy!


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