For a variety of reasons, the likeable Englishman from the dreamy village of Barrow-Upon-Soar has gained a lot of friends on the guitar scene. As well as being an experienced guitar builder, he's a highly regarded teacher and a versatile fingerstyle guitarist.
On his new solo recording “The Rag Trade”, Steve Hicks presents stylish versions of ragtime classics such as Henry Lodge's “Temptation Rag”, blues songs like Fats Waller's “Alligator Crawl” and jazz standards like Sonny Rollins' “Val's Hot”, all of which he awakens to new life with his original and refreshing approach. With the same effortless lightness of touch he turns compositions by contemporary songwriters like Davey Graham or Bruce Cockburn into fascinating instrumentals which shine with rare beauty. Hicks' trade marks are his perfect command of dynamics, interesting harmonic modulations and feeling for memorable melodies, which have made him one of the most interesting British fingerstyle virtuosos of the present day and make “The Rag Trade” such a delightfully exhilarating listening experience.
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Steve Hicks: guitar