Bill Mize: A guitar with a soul

Grammy award winning guitarist Bill Mize, from Tennesse, plays live “Cherokee Morning Song” from his last album “The Angels Share“. Bill has a great tone and he is very much focused on engaging his audience and playing music with a soul. His composition are based long notes, long pauses, and slow repeated passages, resembling a heartbeat. This creates, especially in a live performance, a unique ambiance, hardly achievable with very technical playing.
I’ve found this bio on the website of his luthier:
Fingerstyle guitarist and composer, Mize appeared with the emerging acoustic guitar movement in the 1980s (by way of the Windham Hill Guitar Sampler and the Winfield Guitar Competition), and has continued to developed a style and sense of taste that influences many of today’s guitarists.

Applauded by critics and guitar enthusiasts alike for his composition, tone, emotion and smooth “multi-part” style, Tennessee guitarist Bill Mize is a past winner of The National Finger- style Guitar Competition at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. (Guitar Player Magazine has labeled this event the U.S. Open of guitar competitions) Bill’s music is featured on the Grammy-winning recording, Stellaluna, as well as popular guitar compilations Windham Hill Guitar Sampler by Windham Hill Records and Masters of the Acoustic Guitar by Narada Records. John August Music/Mel Bay Productions have transcribed Mize’s second cd, Tender Explorations, into a songbook, and several guitar magazines have published some of Mize’s arrangements and original compositions. Bill tours nationwide and is a frequent clinician / performer at guitar camps including the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, and Steve Kaufmann’s Guitar Camp in Tennessee. ” see more here

Here is another video recorded in the same live concert. It is the title track of his album. http://youtu.be/Fn6A0QpgEIU
By Miche Archetto

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