A friend of mine, let’s call him Kev (because that’s his name), has a unique talent for finding amazing music, which he then shares with his friends under beer consuming circumstances. There is nothing like the experience of being blind drunk, sitting on Kev’s couch, when he unveils his latest find.
The music doesn’t have to be new—as in released this year or even this decade. But a good Kev find is invariably something you simply wouldn’t stumble upon—but, once you’ve heard it, you’ll be listening to religiously for the rest of your life.
Not content with introducing me to Weather Report, Allan Holdsworth, Joni Mitchell, Santana and Yes, a couple of years ago now, Kev played me some Michael Hedges—a phenomenal guitarist who, by the time we got into his music, had already sadly lost his life, in a car crash. But his music, as they say, lives on.
When Kev first found the below clip, on YouTube, it was slightly out of sync with the audio, which to anyone watching unaware of the truly groundbreaking tap technique he brought to the instrument, made it appear as if he was lip syncing.
This newly transferred version of the performance, shows what an amazing talent he really was.
Truly transparent technique. What he’s playing is as impossible as it gets on the guitar, but he makes it look like the kind of thing you might do accidentally the first time you ever pick up a guitar and innocently strike a magic chord, rarely played.