Randy Holden - Guitar God
Artist: Randy Holden
Title: Guitar God (www.guitargod.com)
Randy Holden epitomizes the term 'Guitar God.' Nobody likes to be stereotyped or pigeonholed, particular the artistic type. I am sure that Mr. Holden would agree that he doesn't mind when people refer to him in this way. After all, it's a tag that he actually lives up to, it's not a façade. This guy is the real deal, make no mistake about it.
Every time I hear something by him I am more daunted with every facet of his musical presentations. We have this ongoing dialog because he told me long ago that he considers his music a gift, and he is so right. I am always bugging him about sending me more of this great music. I will e-mail him and say "Do you have any more gifts for me Randy?" And he always does. He knows I love his music and his attitude, and that's a great way to start before I give anything he sends me a spin.
"Guitar God" was Holden's first in a series of musical statements under that heading. I heard the releases backwards, and I found it to be an appealing way to listen to an artists' progression. No matter which way you listen to his music, chronologically or otherwise, you can hear serious development. And you will find it relatively easy to compare and contrast the different styles and approaches he uses on a continual upward scale, musically speaking that is. This is the first time that I have heard Holden sing on every track. He isn't the greatest vocalist, but it somehow fits the music just right. I love the way he creates the two part compositions (Dark Eyes & Dark Eyes Pt. II) and how he introduces the first part of the saga as the lead off track and the completion of the story as the closer. It's in a roundabout way conceptual, although I don't believe that it's the artists' intent to convey that. What Randy Holden says from start to finish in this music is that it's all about emotion, the spirit of independence, and the drive to make every song a masterpiece. I do believe he succeeds in reaching his goals. I thought I heard the ghost of Jimi Hendrix more than a few times on some of the riffs he cranks out on this great album. This is a must for all guitar players and fans of the six-string.
1. Dark Eyes
2. Wild Fire
3. Scarlot Rose
4. Pan In My Heart
5. Hell And High Water
6. No Trace
7. Got Love
8. Blue My Mind\
9. Castle In The Sky
10. Dark Eyes Pt. II
» Rapper Produkt Releases Inspiring Music Video For His Single "Daddy Was A Dope Boy"
» Kylie Marcus Combines Of Funk And R&B With "Yellow Shirt"
» Searching For Sugar Man: Story Of A Forgotten Prodigy
» Are We Surviving Progress?
» Hiroshima: A "Departure" From The Rest
Open Review Directory
» [2015-07-05] MusicDish*China Booking (Snow Mountain), DDC, NAMM Musikmesse Russia And NMS; Latest Developments At MusicDish*China, Including Bookings At Snow Mountain Music Festival, Partnership With Beijing's DDC, Call-to-bands For NAMM Musikmesse Russia 2015 And New Music Seminar
» [2015-06-30] 365 Days From Dusk Till Dawn: DDC 1 Year Anniversary Program; MusicDish*China Is Proud To Be An Official Sponsor Of DDC (Dusk Till Dawn) First Year Anniversary Celebration
» [2015-06-29] The Challenges Of Learning How To Play Drums; Before You Start Building Your Neil Peart-sized Kit, There Are A Few Things To Learn
» [2015-06-28] Blue Note Entertainment Group Further Expands East With New Venue In Beijing; Blue Note Beijing Open In 2016; Two Additional Blue Note's In Shanghai & Taipei To Open Within Three Years
» [2015-06-21] From North Korea To NYC - Shanghai DJ B.O Spins Libation & Leftfield; The First DJ Ever In North Korea Comes To NY's Lower East Side For An Eclectic Night Of Performances
» [2015-06-02] Bay Area Chinese Music Association Presents Second Hand Rose West Coast Show; Second Hand Rose Will Be Performing At Palo Alto's Albert & Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall On July 10th
» [2015-06-01] Cooking Vinyl's Martin Goldschmidt Calls For Direct Tax Breaks For Music; Talking During The Vote For Music Keynote At The Great Escape, Martin Goldschmidt Called For The UK Government To Give Tax Breaks Directly To Music Businesses
» [2015-05-31] Strong Opportunities For International Tech Manufacturers Among Chinese Consumers; 63% Of Chinese Consumers Prefer International Brands For Purchase Of Smartphones, Televisions Or Wearable Devices
» [2015-05-31] New Island Entertainment Presents Second Hand Rose @ New York's Santos Party House; China's Boldest Rock Band Will Return To The Big Apple With A Show At Chinatown's Santos Party House
» [2015-05-22] MusicDish*China Tours, Signing, NYCxDesign And Planetrox; It's Been A Busy 2015 With New Tours, Our Launch Into The Art/design World And Signing Of One Of The Pioneers Of Chinese Rock
» [2015-05-19] Award-Nominated DJ Soulier Performs At Beijing's Award-Winning DDC; Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee Returns To China For 7 Dates In Beijing, Changsha, Wuhan, Guangzhou And Tianjin
» [2015-05-18] Second Hand Rose "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour; China's Boldest Rock Band Will Embark On Their "Crossing Boundaries" World Tour That Will Include One Of Europe's Biggest Festivals, Paleo Festival Nyon 2015
follow MusicDish on