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Johnny Hiland

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G Wiz
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In Your Face
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Going Home
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Truth Hurts
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Swinging the Strings
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Until We Meet Again
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Gatton to It
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Song for Helen
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Celtic Country
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Run With It
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Opus d' Funk
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Orange Blossom Special
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 43:18

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05.26.06
Ferocious six-string wizardry from the "blind boy."
Label: Favored Nations

Born with nystagmus, a condition of involuntary eye movement, Hiland grew up in Woodland, Maine, where he was known as the "blind boy." Nevertheless, he demonstrated a ferocious devotion to the guitar, honing a remarkable technique on the instrument by the time he was a teenager. On his Favored Nations debut, Hiland reveals his biggest guitar influence on the Danny Gatton tribute piece "Gatton to It" as well as on two other Gattonesque… read more »

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Can you say VIRTUOSO?

BigonBluz

Man, this cat can play. I'm usually not a fan of endless incendiary arpeggios and scales played at the speed of sound, but this guy has taste! He understands that what you don't play is as important as what you do play, but BB King he ain't. The only other player I can think of who can play country this clean and this fast is Steve Morse. (Although Danny Gatton and The Helicasters definitely can burn up the fretboard in just about any genre of music!) Then he effortlessly switches to Satriani-Vai-Johnson shredding and tapping, making his guitar sound sweet yet vicious. If you are a guitar player, download this one. If you just love to hear someone make the most out of his instrument, then download this one. Maybe being blind gives a player a keener connection to his instrument... (I own all of Jeff Healey's stuff too)... I don't know... but one thing is for sure, this guy can PLAY!

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Technique To Spare

EMUSIC-00A1C491

Go Johnny Go. In Hiland's playing one hears a great synthesis of those who came before. Atkins to Zappa. Every time I listen I hear something new, perhaps because so much of his playing goes by like a bullet train. He plays all the notes and comes back and plays them again for good measure, just in case he may have missed one. Precise bending like whoa! All achieved with a light-heartedness that permeates this recording (with the possible exception of Truth Hurts).Please, more from Hiland.

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Top guitarists cloned!

JohnD

This guy reminds me more of Albert Lee than Danny Gatton. Hopefully, he will see more critical acclaim than the underpraised Albert Lee who has been doing this longer than either Hiland or Gatton. Excellent guitar playing. Lightning fast with changes that'll jerk your head around.

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Awesome

cscguitars

Incredible guitar playing. Role Danny Gatton, John 5, and Steve Vai into one person and you got Johnny Hiland! I'm not a country fan, and this is a bit heavy on the country at times, but this I can handle. Download it, and then go and buy the cd, it's that good!!!

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