If you haven’t yet heard the California Guitar Trio, now is as good a time as any to be introduced.  If you’re a fan of CGT, you have fine taste.

California Guitar Trio live at The B.B. King B...
California Guitar Trio live at The B.B. King Blues Club, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re being introduced to them now, don’t make the mistake of thinking these are just three dudes from California who happen to play guitar.  The Trio is made up of Bert Lams from Belgium, Hideyo Moriya from Japan, and Paul Richards from right here in Utah.

They’ve been together as a group since 1991, after meeting in 1987 at a Guitar Craft course with King Crimson mastermind and progressive rock legend Robert Fripp instructing them in New Standard Tuning.  Their connection to Fripp continued on a tour as part of The League of Crafty Guitarists.

Their association with King Crimson has continued as an opening act in Crimson shows, and KC bassist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto are frequently part of live CGT shows.

On their own, their recordings span a wide range of styles — classical, surfing music, western classics, and classic rock.  Their cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” gets me singing along every time, and it doesn’t even have any vocals.

Their recordings have a very crisp, clean, well-engineered sound to them.  As they should.  Every note played by these three guys is a joy to behold.

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