Five For Friday: Recent Purchases

I’ve bought a few new things recently, so I decided to share some songs with you. I’ll tell you a little about each as I play them for you…

  1. Lari Basilio, “Fearless”: Brazilian guitarist Lari Basilio, my favorite new rock guitarist, has a new lavender guitar from Ibanez and an album that just came out today, Your Love. This is the lead track from it. Vinnie Colaiuto plays drums on the whole album, and Sean Hurley splits bass guitar duties with bass guitar great Lee Sklar. I preordered it a few weeks ago, and it’s definitely been worth the wait.
  2. Chris Standring, “Change The World”: His latest album, Simple Things, came out a couple of months ago, and is a joy from bveginning to end. This is the first single and video. It’s a tie as to what convinced me to buy the album, the song or the video…
  3. Chicago, “If This Is Goodbye”: I haven’t bought a Chicago album in a while, but “Harmless Dave,” who’s The Real Music Observer on YouTube, told everyoine who would listen that this Chicago album, Born For This Moment (aka Chicago 38) sounded really good and recommended it highly. Chicago music legend and the busiest man in rock ‘n’ roll Jim Peterik wrote this and helped with this album.
  4. Alan Parsons, “Fare Thee Well”: Another Harmless Dave recommendation was Alan Parsons’s latest album, From The New World. I’ve never bought an Alan Parsons album, but I took a shot with this and I’m glad I did. The album features guest appearances from Joe Bonamassa, Tommy Shaw from Styx, David Pack from Ambrosia, and James Durbin.
  5. Tommy Emmanuel and Mike Dawes, “Fields Of Gold”: In my travels today, I learned that acoustic guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel is coming out with an EP next month, Accomplice Series Volume 3 with Mike Dawes. Here’s a lovely arrangement of Sting’s “Fields Of Gold.”

And that’s Five For Friday, August 5, 2022.

10 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Recent Purchases

    1. Lari has really made a name for herself. She’s gotten some excellent studio help from players like Greg Phillinganes, Nathan East, Vinnie Colaiuto, and Lee Sklar. I don’t think anyone but she could get away with playing that guitar, and for sure no one could play it as well.

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