A glimpse into some of the performers, guests and speakers at the first-ever Fretboard Summit
Two time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, founding member of the Byrds and CS&N and all-around guitar fanatic. Crosby graced the cover of The Fretboard Journal #25 and continues to seek out new sounds and new songs. We’ll be treated to a short set and Croz’s thoughts on alternate tunings.
Bryan Sutton is one of the most tasteful and respected flatpicking guitarists playing today. His work with Ricky Skaggs and Hot Rize is legendary and he’s one of Nashville’s most sought-after session players. We captured a few solo Sutton songs during our Fretboard Journal Live session; we can’t wait to see what he’ll be playing at the Summit.
Grammy winner, guitar innovator, frequent FJ collaborator. Whether he’s playing an acoustic flattop, his Steven Andersen archtop or a Telecaster, Frisell’s tone is completely unmistakable. Originally interviewed in The Fretboard Journal #4, he also graced the cover of The Fretboard Journal #12 (interviewing his hero, Jim Hall). Over the years, he has been the subject of numerous FJ video productions and online features, including the story of his lost (and found) Gibson ES-175. billfrisell.com
We originally wrote about producer, singer-songwriter and author Joe Henry in The Fretboard Journal #26. A few years later, Henry penned his own contribution to our 33rd issue, when he sat down and interviewed Greg Leisz. Henry is one of the most eloquent and thoughtful musicians alive today (he has produced three Grammy winning albums in the basement of his house in Pasadena). We can’t wait to hear what he has in store for the Summit. joehenrylovesyoumadly.com
Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
We love it when two of our favorite musicians pair up and Avalon, the 2014 album featuring Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), didn’t disappoint. These two bona fide guitar geeks have appeared separately in the magazine and were also our guests at the Fretboard Journal vintage guitar shootout during Wintergrass 2014. It's proof that the future of the acoustic guitar is in very capable hands. www.lageeldridge.com
Though he may not be on your radar (yet), songwriter, guitarist and producer Blake Mills is one of the most exciting musicians we’ve heard since our inception. Mills will be featured in The Fretboard Journal #34 (he’s also appeared on our podcast and as a guest of Fretboard Journal Live), where he describes his training under Bob Brozman, walks us through his bespoke gear and talks technique with us. At the Summit, you’ll be able to see why he’s one of the favorite guitarists of Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne and others in the know. blakemillsonline.com
Though New York’s Matt Munisteri has yet to receive the full Fretboard Journal feature treatment (we did shoot a video with him, as well as a podcast), he’s one of our all-time favorite guitarists. Munisteri can deftly reference the music of Bill Monroe, Willard Robison or Brian Wilson, making him the perfect foil for whatever crazy guitar themes we come up with during the Summit. mattmunisteri.com
Seattle’s Shelby Earl has two albums under her belt but has already earned accolades in our hometown for her thoughtful and powerful tunes. Accompanied by just her Martin dreadnought, Earl packs a wallop. She currently has a new album brewing on pledgemusic.com.
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Courtney Hartman is best known for her dazzling work in Della Mae. Every time we watch her perform we’re amazed by her virtuosity and improvisational skills, she’s easily one of the greatest flatpicking guitarists performing today. We can’t wait to see what she has in store for the Summit but we’re anticipating both a solo set and a collaboration or two with Bryan Sutton and other friends in attendance.