Given that our faculty members at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville work with musical instruments every day, it makes sense that they’re avid music fans. As you might expect, their tastes are pretty wide-ranging and eclectic. We caught up with them to see what music has been exciting them lately.
Dave Johnson: I have had the newest record by the Canadian pop band Alvvays on constant repeat since I first heard it. The record is called “Antisocialites,” and I think it is an indie-pop masterpiece. It’s very rare that you find an LP that is filled with instantly catchy songs top to bottom, and their jangly guitar work is very impressive. It’s also refreshing to hear this style of music coming from a young band — it’s a total ‘80s throwback, but with a modern twist. Definitely give this record a shot!
Craig Standridge: For an album recommendation it would be Seal’s latest release of jazz standards. His voice has a unique quality that I admire and the beauty of the timeless songs he sings reinforces my love for those old tunes.
Brian Nutter: I’ve enjoyed things from older jazz and western swing records — Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West, Les Paul, Chet Atkins. It was really, really intelligent stuff. Other stuff would be power pop stuff, Cheap Trick, Jellyfish, Badfinger, Argent. I go back and listen to it from time to time. But current stuff — everything is programmed, people locked to a grid. I’m such a curmudgeon now, it’s not even funny.
Tyler Slawson: Andy Timmons’ “Resolution.” I have been listening to this album a lot when I am not having to learn tunes for gigs. Love the melodies and guitar playing. Refreshing to hear songs without words. Something different from all the modern country I have been listening to lately.