Tonight’s guitarist is the kind that will frustrate you, make you want to smash your guitar into the ground, then burn it. Why? Because he’s only 12, plays Stevie Ray and Hendrix like Stevie Ray and Hendrix, and hasn’t even hit puberty yet. Talon Latz was born in Elkhorn, WI on September 22, 2000. He got his first guitar at the age of four and at the ripe old age of five saw a video of Joe Satriani and decided that was what he wanted to be. So between three lessons a week and three hours of daily practice, he got good. Real good. By eight he’d played with Jackson Browne and Les Paul.
He’s been featured on bunches of TV Shows, such as: NBC's America's Got Talent, CBS' Rachael Ray TV Show, WGN’s Morning Show, Fox’s Morning Show, NBC's Today Show with Kathy Lee and Hoda, CBS’ Early Show, FOX News: Studio B with Shepard Smith, The Bonnie Hunt TV Show, CNN, Milwaukee’s Morning Blend, NBC's Today Show with Meredith Vieira, Chicago's WLS TV Morning Show, Madison’s Urban Theater and Almost Live with Johnny B TV Show are just a few on his impressive list.
And if that doesn’t make your brain hurt, he’s recording a series of instructional videos for Dangerous Guitars.
At least his singing isn’t up to par—yet. But, of course, it’s hard to sing the blues correctly when you haven’t reached puberty. Nor can he drink the wine that I am purposely going recommend just to spite the kid. Enjoy!
Voodoo Child: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJXkKJSOjEs
The sky is crying: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsmW7z71G9o
With Walter Trout: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkp_BpEgd68
Bluest Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_u9i4RuPKs
Hoochie Coochie “Boy”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=067ryDx6ZHU
Still Rainin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1LHgtEFWSk
Goin Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wlomMYleIM
Blues Child: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfAmK_qudic
Here’s something that’s great during the heat wave that’s sweeping the country right now. The 2011 Dr. Pauly Bergweiler Rieslsling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr ($22.00) has a bouquet of sweet apples, limoncello, and something I had a hard time identifying until my wife was standing next to me eating an apricot. Eureka!—fresh apricots. The wine blends the sweetness of a Spätlese with the sparkling acidity of a kabinett and it’s loaded with citrus and peaches drenched in honeyed apples with vibrant minerality. The finish is wonderfully long and combines a sweet tart taste that lingers on your taste buds. All in all an excellent wine for summer…and the kid can’t drink it, but he sure can play the guitar.