Another freebie week, so I’m going to use it to talk about Lari Basilio. She might be my favorite guitar player right now.
I first heard Lari when I started following her on Instagram. I was really impressed with her ability to play lead lines as well as set up funky backgrounds for herself. She uses a number of effects boxes, but doesn’t always have to: she sounds just as good acoustic, with little to no sound enhancement.
On her YouTube channel you’ll find a selection of her songs, though not too many complete ones. Many of them are out there as examples of her capabilities as a player. She has a separate channel for lessons and exclusive content. You can find her full album, The Sound Of My Room (available as just music or music and DVD) and her eponymous EP on Spotify. You’ll also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and her own website.
Here’s a selection of her songs, but seriously, follow her on Instagram.
- Walking By Faith This song and the next two are from around the time of her EP, which came out in 2012. Accompanying her are her brother Joezer on guitar, Samuel Cabrera on bass, and Junior Salles (Kid) on drums.
- Hey Brother!
- Do You Need Words?
- Sonda-me, Usa-Me Lari does a lot of religious and gospel-oriented music. Here she plays by herself with orchestral background. Near as I can tell, the song’s English title is “Seek Me, Use Me.”
- Groove Delas Lari plays this with bassist Ana Karina Sebastião.
- Human Nature A portion of this Michael Jackson song played on acoustic, probably her Guild M-140.
- How Great Thou Art Her arrangement of the famous devotional.
- Moving On Lari plays this on a Guild D-55, the guitar made famous by Tommy Smothers.
- Love Stoned/Think She Knows I wouldn’t know a Justin Timberlake song if my life depended on it, but I know a lot of you do, so you’ll have to tell me how faithful to the song it is.
- Jam At Norman’s Rare Guitars She’s on the couch with session player Tim Pierce and shows her facility with both lead and rhythm playing. Norman’s Rare Guitars is in Tarzana, California, and he seems like a pretty good guy.
So that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 22, 2018.