Reverb Soundcheck: Daniel Bachman

If our recent pieces on Steve Gunn, Kaki King, Julian Lage and Nels Cline didn't give it away, we are huge fans of solo guitar here at the Reverb office. You can imagine our excitement, then, when we heard that Daniel Bachman was in town. Finding new landscapes within the territory that Fahey, Kottke, and Rose first explored, Bachman is one of the younger faces in the growing resurgence of American Primitive.

His new LP, River, debuts May 19 on the Three Lobed Recordings label. As we noted when we sat down with him, Daniel is a prolific songwriter, recording artist and touring performer. He is on pace to release a new recording in some form (vinyl has been a favorite) every six months, with no signs of slowing. Bachman's playing is alternately meditative, driving, sorrowful and hopeful, full of emotional content in the textures and blank spaces he commands. For those who are doubtful about the future of pure guitar music, this twenty-something is a comforting sign of hope.

Check out our interview with Daniel and hear him perform two complete pieces - "Old Country Rock" and "Song For The Setting Sun II" - live in our office. The guitar he used is the one on which he learned to play: a late-'60s Martin D-18 handed down from his father.

Daniel Bachman - "Song For The Setting Sun II"

Daniel Bachman - "Old Country Rock"

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