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156 Strings
FORMAT
CD

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RUNE 163CD RUNE 163CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/6/2002

"Curated by guitarist and producer Henry Kaiser, 156 Strings is a compilation designed to showcase some of the most unique and highly personal work currently being done on the acoustic guitar. A longtime fan of the 'master creators' of American, steel-string, instrumental guitar -- musicians such as John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Peter Lang, and Leo Kottke -- Kaiser created this compilation to highlight, in his own words, some of the 'many players today who are operating at those elevated levels of acoustic eloquence.' The early Takoma Records sampler lps compiled by John Fahey, and Fred Frith's 'Guitar Solos' lps provided Kaiser with editorial inspiration; as he says in his liner notes: 'Those releases were portals that many listeners went through to discover new artists and sounds.' 156 Strings includes pieces by the following 19 acoustic guitarists. Each and every one of them, in Kaiser's words, 'sound like themselves and have something special to say.' : Duck Baker, Stefan Basho-Junghans, Raoul Bjorkenheim, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Nels Cline, Janet Feder, Fred Frith, Michael Gulezian, Richard Leo Johnson, Henry Kaiser, Mike Keneally, Peter Lang, Scott McGill, Shawn Persinger is Prester John, Rod Poole, Gyan Riley, Miroslav Tadic, Richard Thompson, U Tin."