The acoustic guitar has a wide range of sounds and rhythms that many people find appealing. If you like blues, rag, Celtic, jazz or anything in between Six Strings North of the Border - Vol. 2 should appeal to you. This album is a collection of fine guitar work by sixteen great Canadian musicians (or groups) well recorded and tastefully understated as far as production (no electric harmonica backgrounds).Trying to describe the musical content beyond superlatives is rather difficult. There are many styles here and the album as a work itself should bring any guitar aficionado joy. Some of the pieces that stood out for me were: Dorval's Descent by Terry Tufts a bottleneck blues number, Dallas Rag by David Rogers you guessed it - rag time, The Green Mountain Boys a lovely set of Cape Breton jigs by Dave MacIsaac, and Rose of Allendale, a Celtic tapestry by Bob MacLean.
There aren't any clinkers in the set of sixteen, so I could go on chosing favorites. Some tunes defy simple categorization so I think of them in terms like "soft composition" or "acoustic painting". You'll have to get the album to see what I am talking about. Here is the tune list along with artist names and a small description or impression:
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