New Nick Russell album to be launched subsequent week
By Chad Ingram
Virtuosic Haliburton Highlands guitarist Nick Russell is dropping a brand new album March 1.
Entitled ARCHTOP, the album takes its title from the 1949 Gibson L-7 guitar Russell used all through its recording. Archtop guitars mimic the physique structure of symphonic devices corresponding to violins or cellos, and as Russell explains, had been pioneered by acoustic engineer Loyd Loar for the Gibson Guitar Company within the Twenties.
“The guitar itself got here to me through a guitar pupil of mine,” Russell advised the Occasions in an electronic mail. “My pupil bought the restored instrument from Folkway Music in Waterloo. I think about an instrument that’s over 70 years outdated has a little bit of a narrative. For me, the story begins once I realized my specific enjoying model appears to swimsuit this sort of instrument; archtop guitars have a quick assault, not many overtones, and could be extraordinarily expressive when performed the precise means. Having acquired this guitar from my pupil a couple of years again, it’s been my go-to acoustic guitar since.”
Russell explains the L-7 was thought of a “working man’s guitar,” a dressed-down model of the extra grandiose Gibson L-5. “Most of these guitars had been made well-known by gamers like Eddie Lang within the Twenties and have become the Cadillac of American acoustic jazz guitars up till the arrival of electrical energy,” he wrote. “Gibson did then electrify the L-5, nevertheless it meant an altogether completely different sound.”
The songs on the album are a mix of Russell’s preparations of jazz requirements, conventional music, some solo guitar items, and even a Hank Williams tune.
A promotional video for the album reveals Russell enjoying his association of “You Are My Sunshine,” which appears to have a lilting, soothing impact to it.
“I’m not certain why it’s soothing – among the chords I exploit are a bit unusual and unnerving!” Russell wrote of the songs on the album. “That being stated, I do play rubato (the musical phrase for enjoying with none time or beat) a good quantity on this file. It’s a spacious sound that lots of people usually are not instantly used to and is understood to place folks to sleep. That is why I embody the bizarre chords – to wake folks again up!”
On 5 of the album’s 10 tracks, Russell is joined by pal Robert Lee on upright bass. “He’s a high quality upright bassist at the moment doing his Grasp’s at Berklee Faculty in Valencia, Spain,” Russell wrote. “We’ve performed quite a few gigs collectively and I knew he’d be a superb match for this assortment.”
(Extra data on Lee could be discovered at robertleebass.com)
Russell owns and operates Haliburton Guitar Studio, which gives classes, recording, and different music trade providers. Like many enterprise house owners, his regular course of occasions has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and he took the mandated closure of the in-person features of his enterprise as an opportunity to file ARCHTOP.
“Having two younger youngsters and working a enterprise could be very entropic,” he wrote. “I normally shouldn’t have time to commit to recording the preparations and concepts that come up sometimes. My instructing follow in Haliburton (and internationally over Zoom) can also be fairly busy. I noticed the compelled closure of my enterprise as a chance to create this album. I’m very lucky to have a really supportive associate (my spouse, Stephanie) and there have been quite a few days over the lockdown the place I’d head into the studio for the day for the only real function of engaged on this music.”
ARCHTOP can be accessible for buy March 1 on Russell’s web site nicholasrussell.ca and is the popular technique of buying the album. The album can even be accessible on streaming service Bandcamp on March 1, and different streaming providers as of April 1. Russell can also be producing bodily CDs which can be accessible in April. Internationally, these CDs can be accessible for buy by means of Bandcamp, whereas county residents can merely electronic mail Russell at haliburtonguitarstudio.ca and prepare to choose up a replica on the studio, positioned in Haliburton Village.