Acoustic Master Laurence Juber Talks New Album, 'Touchstones: The Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar'

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Laurence Juber — or “LJ,” as his friends and fans know him — often is associated with his tenure in Paul McCartney’s popular Seventies band, Wings, but he was a “first call” session guy for years before and after that brief spell. Besides playing on numerous high-profile sessions (not to mention Wings’ 1979 album, Back to the Egg), he’s spent the last few decades refining a solo career specializing in acoustic reimaginings of classic rock, Beatles and Wings songs, plus a host of standards and original songs. What he brings is a stunning sense of space and fluidity while simultaneously running a bassline and rhythm parts and keeping the melody uppermost — a truly wondrous sound.

His most recent album, Touchstones: The Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar, is a trip through the history of the guitar from the 1500s to the present day. “I wanted to show the breadth of music that exists for the guitar, and also to include significantly relevant pieces for the lute and the vihuela, which were close relatives to the guitar,” he says. “As the album title suggests, they’re all kind of touchstones in the history of fingerpicked guitar.”

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.