New West Guitar Group
This group of USC Alum have combined their superb guitar skills to create a guitar super-group.
When: Monday, July 29, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Where: SOhO, 1221 State St., Santa Barbara
Age limit: All ages
New West Guitar Group began as a quartet – Perry Smith, John Storie, Matt Roberts and Brady Cohan, who met when they were students at the University of Southern California just as the millennium was getting under way. “We were this group of high school allstars with the electric guitar, and we had come to USC to take it to the next level,” Smith recalls. “The school had an entire department dedicated to guitar. It had a great faculty and it attracted some wonderful guitar players, so it was a special time for all of us.” The group released their debut album, Introducing New West Guitar Group, on Flora Records in 2005, while they were still students. Introducing was primarily a straightahead jazz record – more electric than acoustic – that mixed original material with standards. The followup, Wide Awake (2007, Art Song), delved more into the acoustic sound. Roberts left the lineup after Wide Awake, and the group carried on as a trio. Sleeping Lady, released on New West in 2009, was an all-acoustic affair produced by master luthier Jeff Traugott and recorded with steel-string guitars built by Traugott. The album also featured famed vocalist Gretchen Parlato. “We took a much more mellow approach with that record,” says Smith, “and focused a lot more on our own compositions and the acoustic guitars. It captured a completely different side of what the group could do.”
Event posted July 16, 2013
Last updated July 16, 2013