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Guy Tortora



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Guy Tortora

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Guy Tortora - 2003

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Guy Tortora - Sunday at The Mines Tavern 2003

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"Guy is a top rate guitarist, playing acoustic and electric and with a mean line in bottleneck. He has been compared to Albert Collins and Ry Cooder but comparisons are often invidious. Above all he is Guy Tortora". Ashwyn Smyth in his April 2002 "Digital Bluesletter".

GuyTortora was born in Pasadena, California, but these days lives in London, England.

Pasadena, according to some, is probably better known for its little old ladies rather than for giving rise to blues musicians (well, there's Lightnin' Willie, but he comes from the other Pasadena -- the one in Texas). But situated as it is on what was once the legendary Route 66 and near the western end of the Union Pacific Railway line running straight from Chicago to Union Station in L. A. the blues were always passing through. "When I was growing up, Pasadena was a very mixed community. I was raised in a family with an Italian background. Although my dad liked country music, mama wouldn't let that stuff in the house unless it wiped its shoes. Even more so with the blues. I guess it wasn't exactly what my folks wanted me listening to, but I just couldn't help it. It crept in over the airways. Especially late at night & with certain atmospheric conditions you could pick up radio stations from really far away, stations that played stuff you didn't hear on mainstream radio in L. A. until a lot later. And there were a couple of bars in town where you could hear the real stuff, if you knew where to look."

Restless feet and an urge to travel took him all across the USA & Canada & then brought him to Europe, where he worked at ". . .just about anything" including; delivery boy, cook, artist's model, carpenter -- & wandering troubador, of course, while drifting around, eventually settling in London. The drifting continued, but now it was in and out of various bands playing many different musical flavors until eventually he came back to the blues, but in his own personal style. "I'm not trying to play Chicago- or Delta-style right now, that's just not me. For me the song comes first, so maybe I don't always appeal to the blues purists who want to put you in one particular pigeon hole and keep you there. I need to spread my wings a little bit."

G T plays both acoustic and electric guitars, with a fine line in bottleneck playing. His fret action has been compared at one time or another -- "By others, not by me!" -- to players from the well-known likes of Albert Collins or Ry Cooder, to the more obscure such as Mason Ruffner (what, never heard of Mason? Try www.masonruffner.com). Oh he plays a little bit of harp, too.

Right now there is an 11 track CD just finished & due for release this year. Called "Footnote to the Blues", it's a mixture of impressive original tunes and some standards, all given G T's passionate & personal touch. "Otherwise it wouldn't be worth doing." Like other American contemporaries, he refuses to be cooped up in any box, blue or otherwise.

In the meantime there are live but too-infrequent outings with his regular band in the London area, but plans are afoot for a series of gigs in the UK and further afield. We were very pleased to see him here on the Isle of Man in 2003 at Bushy's Big Wheel Blues Festival where GT appeared at several venues.

GT's excellent Web Site with music samples etce: www.guytortora.com
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