Bill Mize

Sugarlands

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Mize's debut album of solo acoustic guitar demonstrates clearly the technique and passion that led to his win at the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas. His original compositions are often quite simple, reminiscent of children's songs and Appalachian melodies in their tunefulness, but he is able to expand on original ideas with harmonics and basslines that make the songs rich and full. His technique is excellent, and his use of alternate tunings enables him to develop parts and counterpoints in a very effective manner. "Spring Fever," which opens the collection, is particularly fascinating in its development and changing dynamics. Other highlights include the flowing "Galadriel" and a gorgeous take on "The Water is Wide" that segues perfectly into "Rainbow Bridge." There are moments on the album that sound forced, and the simpler songs become somewhat repetitive, but overall this is a very promising debut.

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