Looking for good rock acoustic guitar music, no vocals
May 23, 2010 11:12 AM   Subscribe

Looking for good rock acoustic guitar music, no vocals

I love Rodrigo y Gabriela very much. After having them as a station in Pandora for awhile, I found Trace Bundy. Not as spanish, but has a rock tone without getting too flowery or boring.

I'm looking for a similar acoustic rock sound as the two mentioned above. No drums, no vocals, no synthesizers, just acoustic guitar with some intricate picking mixed with power cords. I like Flamenco, so it can have a latin flare, just more "rockish."

Thanks for any recommendations!
posted by colecovizion to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Try some Michael Hedges....previously
posted by timsteil at 11:15 AM on May 23, 2010 [1 favorite]

You might like some of Sir Richard Bishop's work.

Also, though it's a bit more classical than what you're describing, I'd encourage you to give Andrew McKenna Lee a listen. I'm a fan of Roderigo y Gabriela and flamenco as well, and I love Andrew McKenna Lee so much it hurts.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 11:55 AM on May 23, 2010

Oh, and I almost forgot the most important and obvious answer: Early Kaki King. You really, really want this, I think. The later stuff is good as well, but it does have vocals.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 12:01 PM on May 23, 2010

Ever heard Jack Rose? I heard a segment about him on NPR recently (sadly, they were noting his untimely death) and fell in love with his music. Sorry no links, I'm posting from my phone.
posted by workerant at 12:16 PM on May 23, 2010

Tommy Emmanuel Check him out on youtube - awesome guitarist.

Saw him play Battle Hymn of the Republic and Dixie at the same time in concert once - mind blowing.
posted by Pressed Rat at 1:45 PM on May 23, 2010

These might not be rockish enough for you...

John Fahey
Leo Kottke - although he sometimes sings, even though everyone wishes he wouldn't
James Blackshaw - but like Sir Richard Bishop, he sometimes dips into trippy electronic noise
Robbie Basho
Steffen Basho-Junghans (no relation)
posted by hydrophonic at 4:25 PM on May 23, 2010

You could try Igor Presnyakov. Here's his cover of AC/DC's Thunderstruck.
posted by tomcooke at 12:06 AM on May 24, 2010

California Guitar Trio? I think they've used bass & drums on a record or two, but it's usually just them.

Heck, maybe go right to the source & check out the League Of Crafty Guitarists. When they enter rock-out mode it's foundation-shakingly great.
posted by mintcake! at 4:56 AM on May 24, 2010

Seconding the amazing Michael Hedges.
Tim Reynolds.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:00 AM on May 24, 2010

These guys.. Friday Night in San Francisco.
posted by amestoy at 2:25 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

re Friday Night in SF...I still have the vinyl....if you hold it up to a light you can see through it.
posted by timsteil at 7:03 PM on May 25, 2010

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