Fingerstyle guitarist, Adrian Bellue, was the artist in residence in the Furch Guitars booth on Thursday, January 16 at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Every two hours he performed some traffic-stopping, crowd-gathering fingerstyle fireworks.
His opening song, “Stringslinger” (which he’s playing in the Instagram video above) is the opening track from his recent 2019 album: “Adrian Bellue Project”.
Adrian Bellue’s style is a tightly woven pattern of double-handed tapping, harmonics, and percussive strikes on the guitar, in addition to the complex fingerpicking patterns and alternate tunings common to fingerstyle guitar.
“Adrian Bellue Project” is a two-part album:
- Disc 1 features all solo acoustic guitar.
- Disc 2 debuts Adrian’s new trio project featuring drummer Barry Eldridge (“Garcia Songbook”, Joe Craven & The Sometimers) and bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff (Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Dennis Johnson, The Bumptet)
All of the guitar tracks have been recorded and engineered in Montreal, Canada with artist and engineering master Antoine Dufour.
The Short & Sweet Review
The album is awesome. It’s a driving force of nature, sometimes high- paced and sometimes measured – but always moving.
And the band tracks ACTUALLY may be better than the fingerstyle arrangements. I don’t often feel this way about fingerstyle albums with alternate arrangements, but Bellue and Dufour nailed it here. I think the drumming of Barry Eldridge is critical to this result. He manages to mix a basic rock feel with a jazz sensibility in his approach to the kit. The result is perfect.
Adrian Bellue’s Website: https://www.adrianbellue.com/