I know we bang on about Nashville a lot here at Willow Wood HQ (I like the sound of that, makes us sound all official), but you honestly can't fault the talent coming out of that musical hub at the moment.
My latest Nashville-based discovery is one William Tyler, his latest album; Country of Illusion. The album is entirely instrumental, but Tyler manages to create a compelling world full of depth with just a guitar, occasionally accompanied by horns, steel guitar, bass, even xylophone. The amount of range and storytelling throughout the album, created by one man and his crafty fingerwork is beyond impressive. The lack of lyrics and vocals entice the listener to delve in to their imagination and come up with their own imagery and story, it is music that can breach language and cultural barriers and becomes more about the sound and composition rather than the charismatic front-man of a band. There is a vulnerability that we as the listeners are invited to hear, one man exposed with just his playing and compositional talents on show.
This is one man and his guitar at it's absolute best.