The Legend of Vernon McAlister

Richard Leo Johnson

The Legend of Vernon McAlister

“A truly beautiful guitar record. This gentleman was given one of those metal acoustic guitars and fell in love with it. Ostensibly, this is a “country blues” CD – he starts off in the John Fahey realm, played very well and comfortably. But by the end his playing has become so evocative that you forget you’re hearing acoustic guitars (he overdubs at times). He incorporates some “avant-garde” techniques as the album goes on, but they are worked so smoothly into the sequence that they are not important in and of themselves – it’s more how they make the music feel. This disc is at times achingly beautiful, at times relaxedly comfortable, and at times mysterious and otherworldy. There was a type of music that guitarists tried to get at some years ago when they worked the John Fahey/ Leo Kotke realm, but they never quite got. This is actually it (to my ears.). And it was recorded in his attic.” -Roger Miller/Mission of Burma