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Guitar Laboratory CD

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Description

This instrumental album from the Grammy winner covers guitar
styles from jazz and country to blues and rock.
Recently included in People Country Special issue, which contains
a two-page feature containing photographs and information on
new tracks by different artists, and each track is available as a free
download on iTunes. The December issue s playlist is dedicated to
holiday music, and Steve s contribution is Deck the Halls from his
Guitar Christmas album. The instrumental collection of Christmas
standards arranged, recorded, and produced by Wariner was inspired
by holiday gatherings hosted by his mentor and friend, Chet Atkins.

Review

I just listened to the Tribute to Chet head to toe. I love it! It made
me fall in love with my guitar all over again! --Eric Johnson, legendary guitarist

He probably comes as close to Chet s spirit that ability to be
laid-back and energetic at the same time, making daunting passages
appear effortless as anyone ever has. --Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar

For the tribute album, Wariner blends [original songs written with a
nod to Atkins style] with a few Atkins originals and creates a concept
album that serves to illuminate rather than replicate Atkins musical
personality. --The Tennessean
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SelecTone Records
  • ASIN: B004GOKBP0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Ross on February 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Steve Wariner sometimes calls his studio "Twangri-La," a wry reference to the fictional "Shangri-La" as described in John Hilton's 1933 novel, Lost Horizon. Much like that mystical and harmonious place, Wariner's guitar laboratory is his paradise on earth. This album transports us temporarily to Steve's mythical utopia -- a happy, diverse guitar land where many stylings are heard. The various territories in Twangri-La are Country, Jazz, Swing, Hawaiian, Pop and Rock `n Roll. Each territory has its own instrumental dialect, and Wariner is the lab's professor who demonstrates full fluency in the language of Guitarese. Depending on the piece, we hear the Grammy-winning Wariner play various acoustic or electric guitars, pedal steel, lap steel, and upright bass. Of course, the self-professed Telecaster man also serves up plenty of those thrilling sounds. With varied colorings in each piece, the overall project becomes an intimate portrayal of the artist.

Steve's guitar laboratory isn't so much for research or experimentation as it is for documenting his eclectic tastes. With graceful, evocative confidence, the guitarist might be raw and rootsy one minute but thoughtful and delicate the next. Some of his friends and family who join in include Leon Rhodes on "Sugarfoot Rag," Paul Yandell on "Pals," his son Ross on "I Will Never Forget You," and his son Ryan on the album's rowdy closer, "Sting Ray." With Yandell, the two guitarists both play old Gretsch guitars in a tribute to Chet Atkins. One interesting tune is "Phyllis and Ramona," a sweet and melodic jazzy tribute to two Indiana musicians and teachers who play harp, piano, organ, drums and trombone. Pianist John Jarvis plays the "Phyllis" parts while trombonist Barry Green plays the "Ramona" parts.
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Wariner is a disciple of the "Chet Atkins" way of playing a guitar. Most of his performances have the same laid-back feeling you get from the best of Chet. But when he wants to rock out his Telecaster as on the leadoff track -"Tele Kinesis" - h can do that too. In fact the tracks are book ended by powerful "rock" numbers. For " Sting Ray" Wariner is accompanied by his son Ryan.

There's even a hint of a tribute to Les Paul on "Kentuckianna" and a bit of Hawaiian (but not so much it will turn off some listeners) on "Wikiki `79"

Sadly Chet is no longer around to provide new music so Wariner will have to take up the slack. (I'd put Brad Paisley's guitar work up there too, but he's spending more time singing than playing these days.) So it's pretty much all Wariner's field.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Steve Wariner knows all the notes on a guitar fretboard! And he plays them all on this recording. He is at the top of his game here, playing Atkins-style and single note style on these tastefully written tunes. If you like hearing what a master guitarist can do, this CD is for you.
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FANTASTIC !! This is another brilliantly produced album by the singer/songwriter/musician himself . Steve covers several musical styles from country twang to driving rock and delivers a solid performance on every level . Chet Atkins influence can be felt on such songs a "Sugarfoot Rag" and "Kentuckiana" , making this the perfect companion to his tribute to Chet . Soulful tracks like "A Groove" and "White Dove" as well as the hard driving "Stingray" make this a compilation a pleasure to listen to ! Steve is the 'total package' !
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I'm a big Wariner fan. I love his music. This one I'm still warming up to. I love most of it. Some of it kind of boars me. But in the end Wariner is one of the great artists of my generation (40-55 year olds) Keep putting them out Steve and I'll keep buying them.
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I have been a fan of Steve Wariner since "Midnight Fire" came out. His voice and demeanor or so very gentle and unassuming; yet he sings and plays with such fire and passion. This album exemplifies that in spades. From hot-pickin' Country, to Jazz, this one's got it. Nice job Steve!
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Another outstanding effort from the man who learned from the master as the bass player in Chet's tour band back in the 70's-80's. A must have for all Chet/Jerry Reed fans.
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