Islanders love the guitar styling of Jack Rose.
Islanders love the guitar styling of Jack Rose.

Acoustic at its best

By Julian Wise - July 27, 2006

Guitar fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Jack Rose for an Aboveground Records in-store performance. Mr. Rose is often cited as a shining star of the new breed of acoustic guitar players and a genuine heir to the hallowed throne of legend John Fahey. With his six- and 12-string compositions that cover the gamut from ragtime and raga to country blues, Mr. Rose has risen in the ranks of the musical genre. His latest album, "Kensington Blues," is the first of his albums to compile all of these diverse sounds in one disc.

Mr. Rose has developed a sizeable following on the Island; his discs are strong sellers at Aboveground Records, and his appeal has broadened to include both high school students and a more mature record-collecting audience.

Mr. Rose first came to prominence in the experimental art-rock outfit Pelt before branching out into a solo career in 2001. Like John Fahey, Mr. Rose draws his inspiration from early rural American musicians like Charley Patton, Skip James, and Blind Blake. Since 2002, he has released three critically acclaimed LP's for the Eclipse label, two CDs for VHF, and a track on the influential "Wooden Guitar" anthology released by Locust. For aficionados of acoustic guitar music, the Jack Rose show promises to be the must-see event of the summer. Additional guests will include Glenn Jones and Geoff Mullin.

Jack Rose, Glenn Jones and Geoff Mullen, Friday, July 28, 8 pm, Aboveground Records, Triangle, Edgartown. Tickets: $5 suggested donation. All ages.

Julian Wise is a frequent contributor to The Times, specializing in music, film, and the performing arts.