Brett Garsed was born in rural Victoria, Australia and began playing guitar at age 12 after hearing Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore play "Speed King". After about a month of initial lessons he continued to teach himself and formed a band comprised of his two cousins and a mutual friend and began playing live.
His main influences were Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix. He later diversified adding elements from Leo Kottke, Rory Gallagher and Van Halen. After playing for about 5 years, Brett decided to take classical guitar lessons for about a year, which helped him develop his right-hand finger picking technique.
His style has a lot of left-hand legato, influenced by the music of Allan Holdsworth, and after hearing him, he developed his fusion-oriented style, also taking snippets from Larry Carlton and Scott Henderson.
He started out in the work-a-day world as a licensed plumber, but after being featured in a 1985 Guitar Player’s “Spotlight” column that was devoted to exposing new talent, Brett gave up his day job to pursue a career as a professional musician. He sent demo tapes out to a slew of record companies and one led to an extended gig with Australian superstar John Farnham. Farnham was still with the Little River Band, but was planning a solo album and invited Brett to be a part of the project. The resulting album, Whispering Jack, went on to become the biggest selling album in Australian history, followed by sellout tours of Australia and Europe.
Brett continued to tour and record with John until early 1989 when he was invited to the US to audition for Nelson, a band led by Gunnar and Mathew, sons of the late Ricky Nelson. The audition was a success and the resulting album, After the Rain, went on to sell over 3 million copies and yielded a national #1 ("Love and Affection") as well as 2 top ten follow up singles. In early 1990 Brett also recorded Centrifugal Funk for the Mark Varney label Legato Records, an intense guitar album featuring Frank Gambale and Shawn Lane.
Now, after 14 years in Los Angeles, Brett is back home in Australia where he has reunited with John Farnham. Personally, I’m amazed at the observation that he seems to play most of his leads with his eyes closed. If it were me, that would be a recipe for disaster. If you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, I recommend rigging your alarm to wake you to his music. I guarantee he’ll get you going.
Got the horn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TedCWTpYOvc
Burgers in bed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNSPAv_Tg80
Spheres of influence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GedhY2KbM8I
Friend or foe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2bThDgJTHc
Fu’d fight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln2h6dQC1-4
Just Brett: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXpnUYwbqYs
Gotta continue with my affection for summer Rose and pair Brett with a 2011 Sauvion Rose d Anjou Loire Valley ($11.00). The wine is made from 70% Groslot and 30% Gamay grapes. It’s a light, fruity wine with a floral bouquet tinged with red berries. The taste mingles strawberries, cherries, and peaches in a crisp fresh mix that’s especially satisfying for a summer evening. It’s also low alcohol (10.5%), meaning you’ll still be fully conscious should you decide to finish the whole bottle. Better pick up two bottles, cause the neighbors are sure to show up when you crank up Brett’s fusion guitar. Enjoy!