It's not surprising that Leo Kottke was so impressed by Phil Heywood that the two dueted on a couple of national tours - Heywood's guitar style is very similar to Kottke's, and his voice is rather better. Heywood's playing has the same elegant and fluid fingerpicking, with perhaps a bit more John Fahey - influenced ragtime and Americana. Local Joe is a mostly instrumental collection that solidifies Heywood's reputation as a pleasant though not flashy guitarist, and it's a sleeper. While no one cut is wildly innovative or distinctive it's the kind of release that might end up in your player again and again simply because it has such a high standard of quality all the way through.
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AllMusic Review by Richard Foss