Si Hayden | Steel Roots

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Steel Roots

by Si Hayden

Once again back on the steel acoustic (hence the name) after years of hellacious behavior with nylon. This time around with an engaging virtuoso twist of technique yet continuing the non-overdubbed solo guitar format. available on CD, sealed
Genre: Blues: Finger-Picked Guitar
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1. Ellya
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2. Confessions of A Tractor Thief
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3. Folsom Prison Blues
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4. Golden Fictitious
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5. Flat Spot
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6. Hats Off To Pete Townshend
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7. Jd 'n' Coffee
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8. Just A Bit O' Fun
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9. Moondance
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10. Cowstalker
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11. Planet of the Grapes
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12. Steel Roots
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SilveryRecords introduce Si's 3rd Solo guitar album 'Steel Roots'

1. Ellya (Hayden)
2. Confessions of a tractor thief (Hayden)
3. Folsom prison blues (J.Cash)
4. Golden fictitious (Hayden)
5. Flat spot (Hayden)
6. Hats off to Pete Townshend (Hayden)
7. Jd 'n' coffee (Hayden)
8. Just a bit o' fun (Hayden)
9. Moondance (V. Morrison)
10. Cowstalker (Hayden)
11. Planet of the grapes (Hayden)
12. Steel roots (Hayden)

"its a ripper cd... very, very good!"(Steve Passiouras, PBS FM)

"gives a fine display of Americana.. and there is some finger lickin’ pickin’ going on here.."(Is this music magazine)

"fast killer chops on most tracks.. “Moondance”.. a true piece of art.. at times he reminds me of Tuck Andress in his jazzy approach with a lot of rhythm and bass runs going on"(Bridge Guitar Reviews)

"a lot of jazz influence... walking bass lines, tapping, ..blazing scale work... great bluesy... funky groove, jazz chording's, some Spanish guitar flourishes, and lots of quick arpeggios... Si does have some chops..."(©Kirk Albrecht, minor7th)

"Hayden’s trademark supersonic picking is present.. the six-string virtuosity shown on this album is irrefutable.. an album that stuns with its technical brilliance, then later endears you to the soul and depth behind the flashiness"(Peter Clayton, cdreviews)

"About a year and a half ago, I reviewed Si Hayden’s Nylon … for Now. I was very impressed by his solo acoustic guitar virtuosity. I still am, and I like Steel Roots even more. Hayden is still firing off dizzying runs, punctuated by percussive slaps against his guitar. His chord work is full and propulsive. The 12 tracks here are concise, melodic, often rocking. Hayden delivers toe-tapping bluesy jazz (the original “Flat Spot” and his smoking take on Van Morrison’s “Moondance”), folk-country (the leap-out-of-the-speakers opener “Ellya” and Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”), Townshend-like power (“Hats Off to Pete Townshend” and “Just a Bit of Fun”) and flights of frenetic fancy (the dizzying “JD and Coffee” and the closing title cut). Hayden often deftly shifts genres several times within songs, and with only one track over four minutes long, Steel Roots delivers wallop after wallop of solo guitar goodness with no time for boredom to set in."(© Chip Withrow, musesmuse)

"...You might find a methodology to Hayden's playing, but every composition is so tailored with its own voice that it negates everything you have ever learned about method playing. These are not finger moves that are taught in school. They are moves with such imagination and independent thinking that they make you feel honored to hear them. The music has a striking star quality that few artists can achieve. Hayden uses no special effects or overdubs. His playing is divinely pure... Hayden's music falls between the lines that separate jazz from country, and his compositions certainly show that the two have more common factors than most music fans ever knew. You'll never believe that all of these movements are coming out of one acoustic guitar. There is a dreamy quality in Si Hayden's melodies that keeps your head floating up above the clouds while the country aspects in his music keeps everything feeling open and homey... A native of Coventry, England, Hayden's sonic vistas seem to come natural as he plays to the beating pulse of life with total abandonment of conventional methodology. Speaking of unconventional, Si Hayden is left handed and plays right-handed guitars.(Susan Frances, jazzreview.com)


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Susan Frances, jazzreview.com

"...You might find a methodology to Hayden's playing, but .....
"...You might find a methodology to Hayden's playing, but every composition is so tailored with its own voice that it negates everything you have ever learned about method playing. These are not finger moves that are taught in school. They are moves with such imagination and independent thinking that they make you feel honored to hear them. The music has a striking star quality that few artists can achieve. Hayden uses no special effects or overdubs. His playing is divinely pure... Hayden's music falls between the lines that separate jazz from country, and his compositions certainly show that the two have more common factors than most music fans ever knew. You'll never believe that all of these movements are coming out of one acoustic guitar. There is a dreamy quality in Si Hayden's melodies that keeps your head floating up above the clouds while the country aspects in his music keeps everything feeling open and homey... A native of Coventry, England, Hayden's sonic vistas seem to come natural as he plays to the beating pulse of life with total abandonment of conventional methodology. Speaking of unconventional, Si Hayden is left handed and plays right-handed guitars.(Susan Frances, jazzreview.com)