(PRESS RELEASE): Award-winning guitarist Don Alder announces the release of his new CD, “Armed and Dangerous.”
Special guests on the album include bassist extraordinaire Billy Sheehan and Italian guitarist Luca Francioso. Alder, the only guitarist to win the three top guitar contests in the world (Guitar Idol III, Guitar Superstar and the International Fingerstyle Championship), has gained many high-profile fans: “Don is one of those guitarists who should be famous around the world,” said Ray Daniels, manager for the band Rush.
On “Armed and Dangerous,” which pays homage to the popular “Walking Dead” television series, Alder blends his signature technical prowess with deep emotion and expression. A dozen songs feature a variety of styles, including solo pieces, baritone guitar pieces, harp guitar with singing, two singer/songwriter tunes with band, a duet and more. The CD sounds more like an improvised, spontaneous performance rather than a meticulously recorded set of songs and Alder’s unique approach on the guitar is captured with the intensity of a live concert.
Highlights include the title and opening cut, “Armed and Dangerous,” written for baritone guitar, which slams out of the speakers like a hurricane. Alder won the Guitar Idol III contest with “Going Rogue,” an edgy, rhythmic piece that sounds like an ensemble of guitarists rather than one set of hands on a single instrument.
Billy Sheehan appears on the aggressive “Dancing with Spin Doctors,” on which Alder plays a fingerstyle approach on electric guitar. The haunting, beautiful track “Sophrosyn” emanates fragility and humility but with finely honed expression. Another gem, “Precious Moments,” showcases Alder's uncanny ability to express emotion and create space.
“Armed and Dangerous” is available at http://www.donalder.com/donaldercd.htm. As a bonus, buyers of the CD are also eligible to download all the tracks as instrumentals. The CD is also available as a “pay what you can” download.
Armed and Dangerous Long overduis the follow up to e but following in the tracks of his recent CD “Not A Planet,” which that received two 2 music industry nominations in Canada for Instrumental CD of the year. , Don Alder brings fun and imagination to his new CD titled Armed & Dangerous.
AIn addition to fter winning all the three most top prestigious guitar competitions in the world, Alder also received a Dominic Troiano Guitar Award in Canada and a BrandLaureate Award in Malaysia. He has being on tour internationally (USA, Asia, Europe), performeding at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and at several Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night performancess, held annually at the NAMM musical instrument industry trade convention. He has shared the stage sharing stages wwith Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo and astronaut for a duet to Desmond Tutu at WE-Day in Vancouver or with Astronaut Commander mdr. Chris Hadfield. to perform “Space Oddity” on a harp guitar at a huge event in Hawaii, being hand selected by Lee Ritenour to the advisory panel for the Six String Theory contestA top , being one of the top endorser es for Yamaha Acoustic Guitars, Ernie Ball Sstrings and , Advisory Panel for Seymour Duncan, Alder has served on the advisory panel for Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory contest. , as well as others and also being featured in many of the top Guitar Magazines, Alder finally took some time off his busy schedule to record and produce a new album.
From a look at the CD cover, one can conclude Alder is a huge fan of the "Walking Dead" TV series. This CD demonstrates that with a number of the tunes dedicated to the cast of the TV show. In Don’s words “Imagine if you were living in a zombie apocalyptic world and had to get to your next gig, you would need the ultimate acoustic guitar weapon, armed with blade on the headstock, blade on the body, an angle adjustable chainsaw, adamantium nails, strings for whips and if that all failed the whammy bar operated flame thrower would clear the path.” Unlike the typical flow of instrumental fingerstyle CDs, “Armed & Dangerous” contains songs with a variety of sounds: solo pieces, baritone guitar pieces, harp guitar with singing, two singer/songwriter tunes with band, a duet, and more. Twelve songs nearing one hour of play time. Alder tends not to focus on technical prowess but on finding emotion and expression on the instrument and squeezing it out whenever possible to the point where it sounds like an improvised spontaneous performance. Alder is fierce with taking chances on this cd, but with what seems like guided sensibility. “Armed and Dangerous” a baritone piece comes on like a hurricane, Solo instrumental songs like “Circuitous, and “Arrows will Fly” give proof that Alder is a game changer in a time of highly technical fingerstyle guitarists; Alder has a voice on the instrument, and in addition to a signature style, Alder comes up with unique defined melodies unlike much of the current day generic fingerstyle music being generated. One can tell that some of these songs would be highly entertaining in live performance, something which is very hard to capture on a CD.
With the song “Going Rogue”, Don Alder won the Worldwide Guitar Idol contest in 2011, an edgy, rhythmic piece that sounds like an ensemble of guitarists rather than one set of hands on a single instrument.
“Dancing with Spin Doctors” is a fingerstyle piece on electric guitar, featuring Rock Virtuoso Billy Sheehan on bass, bridging the world of Fingerstyle to a more aggressive band approach; With electric in hand Alder still produces a signature touch of his own.
Alder also brings back the six minute song, in his own words "if you have good musicians on the CD why not feature them”, and that’s exactly what he does with a handful of the songs.
Sophrosyne, a baritone piece, dedicated to his late grandmother, is hauntingly beautiful, showing fragility and humility but with finely honed expression. Another gem is “Precious moments”, which showcases Alder's uncanny ability to express emotion and create space. A bonus track in included with Italian guitar genius Luca Francioso; the two workover a blues motif with incredible twists and turns which sounds like two Tommy Emmanuel’s. In addition if you have purchased the CD then you are also eligible to download all the tracks just as instrumentals upon contacting the provided information. Armed & Dangerous, is also available as a “Pay what you can” download. This CD is highly enjoyable and a lot of fun. In a time where people are listening to just one song off a CD they will be listening to all the songs on this CD.