Jim Earp is a seasoned and skillful axe wielder currently based in San Diego, California (USA) who represents his playing style as noveau-celtic-classical-folk, as a music fan can now experience on his most recent recording, "Smiles To Go". His most utilized guitars consist of a Custom Rosewood 6-String Cutaway and a Steinberger GM. Earp has been playing guitar since 1973, and straight from the shoulder discloses his career objective, "To be an established guitarist in the professional fingerstyle guitar community."|
When asked to finally make public his favorite or most used effect for the guitar, Earp unflinchingly stated, "Compression. When used on two-handed "tapping" compositions, it helps even out the guitar's signal," and continued by outlining his musicial goals, "Best offered in a quote from San Diego's SLAMM Magazine (5/15/96), "...The central vibe of (Rosewood) has a healthy, spiritual quality...Earp suceeds in giving his pieces unique identities...(his) lovely melodies and his gifted guitar playing meld into a sweet, finely crafted sound..." That quote reflects every goal I intend to reach with my music, both now and in the future." He maintains a desire to, at some point, study the Uilleann pipes ("Davy Spillane is king!"), and is presently listening to San Diego indie singer/songwriter and producer of his CD, Joe Mersch, Billy Mclaughlin, Bruce Cockburn and Riverdance . His principal gratification? "Honoring God," he explains absolutely.
Earp wraps up by mentioning current and approaching endeavors enthusiastically, by saying, "Released August 1999, my newest project is a solo instrumental follow-up to Rosewood entitled "Smiles To Go", which is available through Solid Air Records. Also available from Solid Air is a sampler entitled "Acoustic Guitar Highlights Volume II", where a track from Rosewood was included alongside cuts from, among others, Elton John's bandleader Davey Johnstone, The Hellecaster's John Jorgenson, and ex-Wings guitarist Laurence Juber."
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