After a five-year recording hiatus, jazz guitarist Earl Klugh takes his listeners on a journey through some of his favorite classic songs with “Handpicked.”
“The whole thing about ‘Handpicked’ is that I wanted to write original songs and record ones that meant things to me over my career that I didn’t get the chance to record,” explained Klugh who resides in Atlanta.
“I chose ‘Alfie’ because Bert Bacharach is a hero of mine and it kicks off the record. My mother loved his music and I thought it’d be a great opener. ‘Alfie” is a standard.”
Other gems on the album include “Lullaby of Birdland”, “Hotel California featuring Jake Shimabukuro, “‘Round Midnight,” “All I Have To Do is Dream,” featuring Vince Gill and “Love is A Many Splendored Thing.”
“Handpicked” is set for release by the Concord Music Group on July 30.
“This whole album was something that takes me back to sitting in the living room or on the back porch playing my guitar. It was really a lot of fun and I was able to do duets with old friends and make some new friends. It keeps me excited about touring and making music,” Klugh said.
Klugh got captivated with music’s magic as a child after Chet Atkins appeared on the “Perry Como Show.”
“I wanted a guitar from the beginning,” recalled the Detroit native.
“My parents asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I said I wanted a guitar they got me a Mickey Mouse plastic guitar with no strings and I wanted a real one. Soon after I got one.