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Artist of the Month for March/April 2003: Steve Wildey

Name: Steve Wildey
Age: 43
Town: Miami, FL
Hometown: Middlebury, VT

At what age did you start playing guitar?
I first started playing at around age 16 although I would not call it playing.. Drums were my first love for a long time. I was actually sort of brought in the back door to guitar playing, so to speak. A friend of mine at the time was desperate to have someone play some chords for him so he could play leads over them. Since no one else was available, he spent an afternoon showing me a handful of chords to play.It was horrible! I had rhythm and time but I just couldn't, for the life of me, switch from one chord to the next. To be honest I truly do not know why I kept at it.

First guitar:
Delvechio Classical

First gig:
At Nectors in Downtown Burlington VT. Playing in a "Talking Heads" like pseudo alternative rock band.

Acoustic Guitars you own:
Blanchard Sugar Pine (the Cone of Need)Blanchard Sequoia aka."Big Red"

Favorite Guitar(s):
Another tough question . . . lately I've been favoring my 12 fret triple O Blanchard Sugar Pine. There's most definitely some serious mojo going on with this guitar. It has the ability to coax melodies out of you and keep you playing long after you decide to put the guitar down for a break . . .does anyone else get this? It really looks strange now that it's written down.

Your Style:
I would say that I'm a Hybrid player. . . while I love straight ahead Jazz, I'm not a jazz player. The same holds true for Blues. I more recently took up using a thumb pick but I'm not a strict "Travis" style picker. I like some Latin music and some of the rhythms do find there way into my playing. I guess, like a lot of the modern players I've listened to the style is less strictly defined and more towards what I think of as "Acoustic Fingerstyle" for the most part (because I do use a pick some of the time!)

Practice Regimen:
I try to get a couple of hours in a day . . . sometimes that's impossible to do but I do try to get in contact with the guitar at some point during the day. To REALLY practice is very elusive and by that I mean that a lot of the time I practice playing, almost in a performance style, you know, running thru songs or working on a bridge to a new piece. To sit down and really practice like playing in another spot on the neck or in an unfamiliar key doesn't happen as often as I'd like.

Favorite Artist(s):
This week I find myself listening to a lot of Tommy Emmanuel and Robben Ford with some Michael Johnson thrown in as well.

Is there anything else you want people to know about you, your playing style or your views on today's music in general?
Just that there is a wealth of GREAT music available
Steve has a cd out called "Little Man". It is a compilation of original fingerstyle music. The cd is available directly from Steve for $15. Contact him at swildey@bellsouth.net for more information. There is also a review on the www.minor7th.com website. To find it, search their archives for "Steve Wildey".
If you are a guitarist with a cd out and would like to be featured here please contact me.

AOTM Archives:

August 2008 - Danny Combs
March 2006 - Bryan Clark
Februry 2006 - Darin Leong
January 2006 - Andy McKee
December 2005 - Don Alder
November 2005 - Doug Young
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June 2005 - Roger Lasley
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November 2004 - Chris Newman
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December 2003 - Ernie Hawkins
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October 2003 - Jaquie Gipson
September 2003 - Chuck Durfor
August 2003 - Cathy Horner
July 2003 - Art Edelstein
June 2003 - Muriel Anderson
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February 2003 - Rick Ruskin
January 2003 - Kerry Kling
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