Steve Gunn, American guitar wizard – one of many exciting talents currently cutting their own path away from the early influence of John Fahey – says that once he discovered music he “kinda gave up everything else that was going on as a kid”. He was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Philadelphia – a fan of punk and hardcore. From there his tastes and talents extended out to the psychedelic jam-band vision of The Grateful Dead via the sprawling, exploratory folk-jazz of Fahey, Sandy Bull and others. Gunn, formerly a member of Kurt Vile and The Violators, has over the last half decade released a handful of records with bands, as a collaborator and solo artist that roll out his pastoral folk and indie rock in the entwined ball that he presents them.
Ask him about contemporaries – William Tyler, Ryley Walker and Cian Nugent (just a small list of names) and he’s buzzing with adjectives to describe how brilliant they all are; how important they are in and of the scene and how “those guys you named are all friends, all people I’ve followed, got to know, played with and all guys who I think are just amazing – and yeah, I guess we’re all doing our own different version of a set of sounds we’ve all heard at different times in our lives, all putting our own sounds together and finding our way”. Read More