Pete Herzog’s Steel Guitar, a Blues Odyssey – Aug 31st
A benefit hosted by the Ashland Blues Society.
Steel Guitar, a Blues Opera, or Blues Odyssey, written and performed by Pete Herzog, spotlights 22 original songs linking the story of a guitar, a multi-generational love story, and a search for happiness.
Steel Guitar tells a story of a guitar as it is passed from owner to owner, musician to musician, purchased, stolen, won in a card game, passed down through families. Through its travels its sound is colored in some way by each person and they feel it’s history when they play it. The 22 original songs are the glue between the stories about the lives of these characters filled with love, loss, and the pursuit of happiness with a little gamblin and ramblin thrown in.
This performance combines storytelling and original blues/roots music to tell the story of a steel guitar. As the guitar guides you through the lives of it’s owners you hear Herzog’s songs give a flavor of blues history. He roughly included musical styles that showcased elements of blues roots and development of different styles. “I have often thought about vintage instruments I have played and wondered at their history and if all those who had played them before me had colored their sound in some way,” says Herzog. This unusual “one man show” will be performed by Pete Herzog at Ashland Community Center 59 Winburn Way Ashland OR 97520. Admisson is $5 at the door. Doors open at 7, show starts at 7:30
Herzog is currently performing Steel Guitar as a “one man show” but says that he wrote the blues opera with the idea that it could be performed by one person or by a number of people. He will have numerous regional performances before taking it on the road this fall. Pete performs his music at many venues in Southern Oregon on a regular basis. His style combines simplicity and intricacy, beautiful harmonics and slide guitar. To read more about him, find his performance schedule and listen to cuts from his CD, visit his website: http://peteherzogmusic.com
“So after over a year of writing and revising, the blues opera, Steel Guitar, is finished and being staged. Steel Guitar is a story connecting 22 original songs in an hour and forty five minute long performance with an intermission in the middle. I often write songs from the viewpoint of someone other than myself and I thought why not tie all these characters together with a story. The connecting element is the guitar, as it changes hands. I have often thought about vintage instruments I have played and wondered at their history and if all those who had played them before me had colored their sound in some way. There is a multi-generational love story too, what’s blues without love loss, and conflict. The music I think is the best part, I roughly included musical styles that showcased elements of blues roots and development of different styles, and of course these tunes I hope to play often so I made sure they were all arrangements I enjoyed. I’ve had folk tell me that as much as they liked the music they were waiting anxiously for the story to continue. I hope I have scored a hit with both the music and the story, and I hope to see you on August 31st with the Ashland Blues Society.”
Many thanks, Pete Herzog