Driving in this morning, I was thinking to myself that I was getting a little tired of the solo acoustic guitar thing. But when I popped up Echoesspace today, I found a friend request from Guitar Republic that got the strings popping again. They are a new Italian guitar supergroup doing the California Guitar Trio thing, but with their own take. Pino Forastiere is an old friend of Echoes who’s played live on the show a few times. He usually sounds like 3 or four players on his own. Team him up with Steffano Barone and Sergio Altamura and it’s like putting three Brian Westbrooks in the backfield or three Jackson Pollacks on a canvas. Okay, maybe not as crazy as that. They are calling themselves Guitar Republic and don’t have a CD out yet. (Let’s go Candyrat Records.) But here’s a taste from a nicely shot YouTube video. Check out Altamura playing his guitar with a violin bow, Barrone using an ebow and Forastiere doing his usual two-handed ballet. Don’t let the goofy title scare you off.
John Diliberto ((( echoes )))