Arts & Entertainment

Concert promises pickin' good time in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA -- Legendary British guitarist Adrian Legg's mix of electric and acoustic fingerstyle guitar playing alternates bass with harmonics with a splash of banjo.

That style has earned him praise over the years from critics, guitar magazines as well as other musicians.

As the Philadelphia Inquirer puts it: "There are guitarists, there are axe-wielding maniacs, and then there are wizards. Adrian Legg is one of the wizards. He has enough technique to do just about anything he wants, but also the sensitivity to honor the contours of a melody."

Caught your attention yet? Then you won't want to miss his performance Jan. 14 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla.

Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 and available at the hotel and Hot Poop Records in Walla Walla or by calling 509-525-2200.

Born in a Salvation Army Hospital in Hackney, London, Legg initially studied the oboe as a kid because he was pressured by his parents, according to his website.

But stringed instruments captivated his soul, and he even fashioned his own stringed guitars as a young boy.

Then in the early 1970s he entered and won the composition and performance competitions sponsored by Guitar Magazine. Since then, he's earned the magazine's Guitarist of the Decade, Best Acoustic Guitar Album, Best Overall Guitar Album and Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist titles.

Legg's playing has not only entertained audiences for a few decades, he also made an impression on rock guitar god Joe Satriani who once said of Legg, "He's simply the best acoustic guitar player I've ever heard. I don't know anyone else who can create such a cascade of beautiful notes."

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;