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Video Premiere : David Leicht & Raymond Morin “Capitano”

David Leicht and Raymond Morin, both contributors to Work & Worry, have created a new video for the song “Capitano”, from their 2010 CD/Tab book release Petrifidelity. The clips were filmed at Morin’s home and at the world-famous Sharp Edge beer dispensary. Check it out below!

There are still a small handful of Petrifidelity books available. Visit here for more info!

New Music : Chuck Johnson “A Struggle, Not A Thought”

Bay area guitarist and composer Chuck Johnson has assembled his fingerstyle guitar compositions into a new digital-only collection called A Struggle, Not A Thought. Chuck is a great picker, and was featured on this summer’s fantastic Tompkins Square compilation Beyond Berkeley Guitar. You can stream the songs on Chuck’s Bandcamp page. You can also read our recent interview with Chuck here.

Martin Guitars Working On John Renbourn Signature Model

This is not my own scoop, but a re-blogging of a recent article by Marshall Newman. It’s interesting, considering that Renbourn has never been known to play a Martin… but then again, as my friend Steve commented, “Linda Ronstadt has a signature model Martin, and she’s never even played guitar!” In any event, sounds like it’s going to be a fine instrument!  Martin doesn’t seem to have made a formal announcement yet, but Newman’s article let’s us know what’s in store:

John Renbourn’s musical influences range from folk, blues and jazz to early music and classical, and all – separately and in combination – have found a place in t he rich musical landscape he has created during his long career. One of the world’s most brilliant fingerstyle guitarists, Renbourn has dazzled, confounded and inspired, whether solo, paired with Bert Jansch or Stefan Grossman or as a member of Pentangle, and he continues to create music of uncommon beauty and depth.

Over the years, John Renbourn’s acoustic guitar preference has evolved; beginning with a round-hole archtop, he moved to round and square-shouldered dreadnoughts, and eventually settled on orchestra models from both American and European builders. So joining forces with C.F. Martin & Co. – which originated the orchestra model in 1929 – to create the Martin OM John Renbourn Custom Signature Edition is the natural culmination of a lifelong quest.

“I am over the moon about this guitar,” Renbourn commented. “The goal is to combine the best of American and European lutherie; a guitar that has design features that recall the European influence on early Martins, but with all the innovative qualities that Martin has developed since. My own priority is simple – I am after the very best tonal quality and balance.” On both objectives, the Martin OM John Renbourn Custom Signature Edition succeeds spectacularly. Continue reading

David Leicht & Raymond Morin Announce “Petrifidelity”

The fingerstyle guitar team of David Leicht and Raymond Morin are happy to announce Petrifidelity, a new CD and tablature book of original acoustic guitar duets.  It was ably recorded by David Bernabo at Woolslayer Travelling Studios, and mastered by Harris Newman, whose lengthy resume includes Tompkins Square’s essential Imagination Anthem series. This collection is limited to 100 hand-assembled, hand-numbered copies, and is available exclusively from Work & Worry and at performances.  To hear a sound sample and find out more about the book and CD, follow this link to the Petrifidelity page.

Leicht and Morin will be touring, both individually and as a duo, throughout the summer and fall to promote the book.  Please check the sidebar on this website for upcoming live dates.

Yair Yona Signs To Strange Attractors!

Work & Worry would like to congratulate both artist and label on this match made in heaven… Israeli guitarist, blogger, and all around musical champion Yair Yona has signed to the great Strange Attractors Audio House label, who will release his excellent album Remember on LP, CD and MP3 this August!

Check out our recent interview with Yair Yona here.