The rich, slow, slightly dissonant acoustic guitar harmonies of WILL ACKERMAN. It's the sound that launched the Windham Hill label in 1976 and re-energized what pioneering steel string guitarist JOHN FAHEY called the "American primitive guitar."
Primitive because the emphasis was on personal experimentation and emotional authenticity; American because it drew upon our complex melting-pot of musical traditions — hymns, folk and popular songs, blues, jazz, maverick classical, ethnic rhythms and immigrant genres — a panorama of musical sources, freely reinvented.
With 30 years perspective, we can see that Ackerman struck a deep vein in American culture and enriched it with a new level of quality. His success inspired a generation of acoustic musicians to trust their instincts, stick to their instruments, keep it simple... and from the heart.
On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, another acoustic excursion in the American soundscape called AMERICAN PRIMITIVE. Music is by WILL ACKERMAN, BUTCH BALDESSARI, LISA LYNNE and ARYEH FRANKFURTER, DAVID MICHAEL and MICHAEL MANDRELL, and RUDY PERRONE.