Release date: Digital version out now; CD coming soon
Daniel Bachman is a shredding guitar player, but not in an Eddie Van Halen kind of way. Bachman's playing more closely resembles that of John Fahey's, the pioneering steel-string finger-picker, who Rolling Stone dubbed the 35th greatest guitarist of all-time. The Philadelphia via Fredericksburg guitarist's latest, Oh Be Joyful, from local label Debacle, is comprised of seven instrumentals, which combine classic American rags with a drony spirituality more common to Indian sitar music. It's beautiful, mesmerizing stuff, especially when he slows down, like on the closer "7 West 45th St." Also, the album is named after a civil war beverage made from lamp oil, turpentine and brown sugar, which, unlike the record, sounds not even a little bit delicious.
Check out the album and see him shred after the jump.