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The best kept secret in music

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One of the alluring elements of solo acoustic guitar playing is the ability to create music that is simultaneously simple and complex. There’s a way of weaving threads of melody with long strands of harmony to produce a delightful musical tapestry; easy on the ears, refreshing to the heart. That’s exactly what Buzz Turner has accomplished on “Finally Home”. These original fingerstyle instrumentals are present-day descendants of ancient Celtic melodies. This wonderful collection speaks - without words - the timeless tale of the traveler’s longing for hearth and home. It’s the simplicity and complexity of life told through six strings. - John Morgan - freesologuitar.com


People who live in areas with less light pollution than the various beams and glows that penetrate most metro areas are likely to see something special every once in a while. The Northern Lights is a spectacular celestial show that washes across the sky, creating patterns of dazzling color overlays. Imagine living inside of an acoustic guitar, say, right below the sound hole. Even better, inside Buzz Turner’s guitar, and every glance through that big hole in the sky brings not a visual massage of interlaced patterns, but a sonic one. This natural phenomenon is nothing more than Turner’s ten-fingered stringsmanship, which is on its own nothing short of artistry.

Turner’s adept hands work through ten tracks of acoustic magic on Finally Home, and the sound of his guitar is both spellbinding and fully enveloping. There are no lyrics, nor are there any additional instruments. It’s hard to imagine where other instruments would fit. Turner utilizes all ten fingers at all times in his rich compositions. Assigning titles to instrumental tracks is a tricky task, but “No Mercy From the Bells” and “The Widow and the Storm” both fully communicate wordless stories that resonate with Turner’s finely-tuned instrument. His performance is flawless; each string pluck is perfect, each note fretted just-so, and even the fret-squeaks sound right. When Turner rakes his thumb down the strings, the listener can almost feel the steel against the side of their own thumb. This record is a triumph for Turner as well as the general idea of acoustic guitar music. Finally Home is a great title for a body of work that displays a performer in the right place, doing the right thing. (Aerial Music) www.performermag.com - C. D. Di Guardia - Northeast Performer Magazine


Buzz Turner has been exploring the possibilities of solo steel-string playing since the '60's. Hearing John Fahey was an epiphany and it led him to check out the blues players who had influenced the fingerstyle monster, including Tampa Red, Son House and Robert Johnson. Turner has blended those techniques into a gorgeous stew of ringing open strings, deft right-hand work and intriguing voicings, some of which are created through his use of a partial capo. His latest release, Finally Home (Aerial Music), features nothing but solo guitar because, as Turner jokes, "I don't play well with others". Read the full article and interview in Frets magazine. www.fretsmag.com
- Matt Blackett - Frets Magazine


Discography

finally home - 2005 Aerial Music
Available at http://www.cdbaby.com

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Bio

Buzz Turner plays contemporary acoustic fingerstyle guitar. No words, just music. A gifted solo performer with a distinctive style, Buzz fuses traditional western European structure
with the American music he grew up with during the 50's and 60's. Blues, jazz and rock merge with Celtic, Latin and world influences to produce compositions that alternate between soft, delicate fingerstyle passages and up tempo displays of virtuosity.

Born and raised in southern Connecticut Buzz performed in grade school band concerts (tenor sax) and graduated to garage bands that played teen dances, block parties and clubs. Essentially a self-taught guitarist, in the late 60's Buzz played colleges, clubs, coffeehouses and concerts for several years before hanging up music for a day job in broadcast engineering and audio for film/video production. Fast-forward to 1999 when a week at a workshop for fingerstyle guitarists exposed Buzz to what was going on in new acoustic music. Invigorated and inspired by the music he heard Buzz returned to performing. Since then he has shared his original genre-defying compositions and impressive technique with appreciative audiences throughout New England.

Listening to his debut CD "finally home" or attending a live show makes it all clear;
Buzz Turner is a guitarist who plays strong compositions with a focus on melody and tone filled with honesty, humor and heartfelt joy.