Michael Hawley | Tele Talk

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Tele Talk

by Michael Hawley

Tele Talk is the debut CD from long time guitarist, Michael Hawley. It features a wide range of styles, from Hot Country to Jazz, and Funk in the styles of Albert Lee, Stern, and Scofield.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Trunk Of Fun
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2. Tele Talk
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3. Art Deco
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4. Crazy Fingers
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5. Bayou
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6. Speakeasy
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7. Suspension
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8. Hawley Claws
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9. Portrait
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Michael began playing guitar at the age of eight, influenced by his grandfather, a New York City musician.
He spent much of high school in various rock bands, while continuing to study guitar privately.

As a guitar major in college, he was deeply influenced by jazz, including Bebop figures Charlie Parker and Bud Powell, trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Keith Jarrett, and guitarists Mike Stern, John Scofield, Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin.

After earning a B.A. in Guitar Performance from the University of Central Florida, he became intrigued with country guitar, particularly the playing of Albert Lee, Nashville session musician Brent Mason, Tony Rice, Danny Gatton, and Johnny Hiland.

Michael toured for 5 years with Nashville singer David Mathis and is one of the most sought-after country guitarists in Central Florida. He has played countless gigs in all styles of music and has worked or played with jazz saxophonists Sam Rivers and Steve Skinner, country guitarists Johnny Hiland and Bill Kirchen, country artists Toby Keith, Kevin Sharp, Mark Wills and Gary Allan, as well as members of southern rock band Molly Hatchet.

Michael has also been on the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop for the past ten years and continues his 20-year private teaching practice. He currently plays in Florida's premier top-forty dance band "The Boomers" and is the author of "Red Hot Country Guitar" published by Hal Leonard.


"Michael Hawley is one of those gifted musicians that can play virtually any style of music with taste, intelligence and feeling." Matt Smith(NYC based guitarist, Ovation clinician)

"I love this CD. Hawley's versatility is nothing short of amazing and he does it all really well while maintaining an original voice. What more could you ask for,"-- Mark Dziuba (Director of Jazz Studies, SUNY New Paltz, New York, Jazz guitar monster, Author for Alfred Publishing)

"Michael Hawley is a musician of the highest caliber. Listening to him play can be a humbling experience, for even the most accomplished player. His fiery yet restrained style defines him as truly a guitarist's guitarist. Michael Hawley is definitely one of the great unknown guitarists of our generation."-James Hogan (North Florida based Jazz/Fusion virtuoso and music educator)


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Tele Talk is the long awaited debut cd from my great friend, and fellow guitarist Michael Hawley. If you love great music, awesome musicianship, and top notch guitar playing, then definitely check out this gem of a recording. Great work



michael hawley cd review
top notch playing! can't get enough of the telecaster's unique sound...and this guy does it all! michael hawley was my guitar intructor many years ago. he's only gotten better it seems. if i could take lessons from his again (13 years later) i'd do it in a second. guitar players; buy this cd! buy his book!


This is Telecaster sounds!
You want to country guitar,I recommend this cd.Michael has great guitar technique like chickin' pickin,steel guitar licks and dubble stop any more.And including sound like blues and moody.I love `Hawley Claws`.

James Alden

Incredible playing and brilliant tunes from a phenomenal guitarist and composer.
This is a remarkable collection of instrumental tunes. Hawley covers everything from Hot country to Bop inspired jazz. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys great guitar playing.

Dave Polk

Remarkable and Suberb Playing
This is truly a unique collection of nine diverse instermentals. Hawley covers it all with monster chops and increadible muscianship. This CD s a mt have for any serious guitarist


Phenomenal, fresh interpretations that sound like classic tunes
If you did not know that these songs were composed and arranged by Hawley, you'd think they are old classics. The sounds are fresh and lively and performed with great mastery. Technically and emotionally superb! There is a lot of feeling in this labor of love.