Thirty Year Milestone Anniversary for Acoustic Alchemy

Acoustic Alchemy have spent thirty years making music and in that time they have not only received critical acclaim for their albums (including three Grammy nominations), but have built a reputation for being one of the most exciting live bands in the business.

For the last decade, the band lineup has featured Greg Carmichael on nylon guitar, Miles Gilderdale on steel string acoustic & electric guitars, Fred White on keyboards and the powerhouse rhythm section of Greg Grainger on drums and his brother Gary Grainger on bass.

Since 1987, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar’s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straight-ahead jazz, to folk, to rock, to world music and beyond.

Through it all, the overriding mission of Acoustic Alchemy has been to reach the broadest possible audience by pushing the potential of instrumental music to embrace a broad spectrum of styles without being limited to any specific genre.

 

In Memoriam – Chuck Loeb

So saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Loeb on July 31, 2017. Chuck was not only an incredible guitarist and a hugely talented producer but above all of that he was just a genuinely nice person.  Chuck will definitely be missed by all of us.

Chuck produced four songs on the Radio Contact album, which was released on June 23, 2004.  Click here to read the official press release.

Radio Contact was recorded in early 2003 at Hansa Haus Studios in Bonn, Germany with longtime engineer Klaus Genuit, home to much of AA’s best work. The collection features four tracks produced by consummate smooth jazz guitarist and producer Chuck Loeb, including the first single “No Messin,” and “Milo,” “Shelter Island Drive” and “Urban Cowboy.”

“Our AArt album had a lot of horn textures and here we have almost none, but that’s less by design than just being open to where the tunes take us as we’re writing,” Greg Carmichael adds. “A greater emphasis on our guitars and a simpler production just made sense with the songs we wrote here. Working with Chuck Loeb was also an incredible experience.

I’d known him for a long time and am a huge fan of his writing, guitar playing and producing for other artists. He was very professional, organized and efficient and it was great to have another pair of ears guiding the arrangement and recording process on those songs. It’s hard to define it in words, but he added a truly American angle and vibe to them.”

– Photos from Radio Contact  recording session on February 8, 2003

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So saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Loeb... not only an incredible guitarist and a hugely talented producer (he produced No Messin' and three other songs on the Radio Contact album), but above all of that he was just a genuinely nice person... he will definitely be missed...

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