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Laurence Juber Releases 'Touchstones—The Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar'

Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Laurence Juber has released a new album, Touchstones—The Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar.

Explaining the album’s concept, Juber in a statement: “This album differs from my other recordings in that it’s based on a historical perspective of what became known in the 20th Century as fingerstyle guitar. While I was doing some events with the C.F. Martin Company, as well as working with various school music programs, I found myself delving into the history of the guitar, from the Renaissance period onward. The record started out as a research project that evolved into a transcription music book, and then it took on its own life. Finally, I said to myself, ‘Hey, this might make a cool album!’”

The 20 tracks on Touchstones include the first published Renaissance lute, vihuela and guitar pieces, then proceeds with Baroque, Classical and Romantic musical eras, before transitioning into the American parlor guitar repertoire, with the influential “Spanish Fandango.”

“It’s definitely ‘guitar-ology,’ for lack of a better term,” said Juber, who has also played with Paul McCartney in Wings. “You’re hearing one person on a steel-string guitar playing music that, in its own era, represented the sounds of the times.”

For more information on Touchstones, visit LaurenceJuber.com.

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.