Songs have stories to tell and one Pikes Peak region guitarist will be sharing those stories on Friday, Jan. 19 Take 10 during the noon hour on our Gazette News Facebook platform. Archtop Eddy is the kind of musician who makes you smile while pressing his point, "I look for those songs that say something from their time and space. My music spans the 20th century and its great lyricists."
Archtop Eddy is this man's stage name. He told me that he got this moniker because of his love of archtop guitars. They are six-string guitars with an arched top and back, used for jazz, blues and rockabilly. One of Eddy's buddies at a local music store gave him that name and it stuck to him like musical glue.
Eddy's list of musical firsts include playing in Raku, the first reggae band in Colorado Springs, in the late 70s to mid 80s. Eddy also played in Colorado's first gypsy jazz band, Mango fan Django.
Eddy wants to make his audience think about the songs he plays and how they could potentially touch their hearts, "During a recent gig, I played a song called 'The Nearness of You.' It debuted in a 1940 recording by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. My wife came up to me after the performance and told me that a woman in the audience was crying during that song. She said the song and its lyrics touched her heart because it brought back memories of her mother."
Eddy started playing solo in 2017 and doesn't need a large-scale audience to hear his message. He simply loves the opportunity to share his enjoyment of the music.
He'll have that opportunity on Friday during the noon hour on our live Take 10 show on the Gazette News Facebook platform.
We at the Gazette don't just talk the talk when it comes to promoting southern Colorado entertainment. Take 10 is just of the many ways we help you get access to talent in our area.
If you are like Eddy and want to wow a crowd, I want to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell me what your act is and you too, could be on a future Take 10.