|These photos are from various performances around Cornell. If you want to see some of my other performances, stop by Daniel E. Smith: Singer/Songwriter for a listing of upcoming dates, sound clips, and my lyrics! For some more photos, click here. Thanks to Dan Switkin, Christopher Julian, and Darcy Morse for the photos.|
|Here I am in my back yard playing my Martin D-1. As you can see, I am having a blast with my new guitar. I bought my new Martin on May 17, 1997, and I absolutely love it!|
James Taylor is basically my idol. He writes such beautiful songs and has a wonderful picking style which I want to emulate someday. My personal favorites include Something in the Way She Moves and Fire and Rain. Thanks to Graphix Zone for this photo.
Ellis Paul is a phenomenal singer/songwriter out of Boston whom I have seen perform three times and he blew me away every time. His songwriting is the best I have ever heard. Look for his new album "Translucent Soul" at EllisPaul.com. Ellis works mostly with alternate tunings, and you can find his songs Trolley Car and Weightless on my site.
Martin Sexton is an incredible folk singer from Boston who writes some great songs, has a wonderful baritone, and harbors a golden falsetto. His album "Black Sheep" has given him God status in folk circles. Check out his songs Glory Bound and Black Sheep on my site, and Martin's web site.
Bernie Leadon was the lead guitarist for the Eagles from 1972-1975. He could play acoustic guitar and banjo when he was 6. Needless to say, he is an incredible picker, and I revere him immensely. Here he is on banjo, in a video from Under the Covers by Graphix Zone. For some songs by Bernie, check out my Eagles tab page.
I picked up my first Jim Croce CD the other day on recommendation from RMMGA, and I found him to be an excellent fingerpicker. He sang some great songs up until his untimely death in 1973, including Operator, Lover's Cross, and Time in a Bottle. Thanks to the Jim Croce Home Page for this photo.
Eric Clapton shows his stuff during Unplugged. This is one of the best albums for beginning fingerpickers and acoustic guitarists anywhere. Selections include Tears in Heaven and Signe.
I consider Paul Simon to be one of the greatest songwriters ever, especially during his time with Simon & Garfunkel. How would you like to have a free concert in Central Park and have 500,000 people show up? Check out Homeward Bound and The Sound of Silence for some of his best.
John Denver passed away on October 13, 1997, and he will be greatly missed. He created some awesome songs during the 60's and 70's, and must be considered one of the acoustic guitar greats. My favorites include Take Me Home Country Roads and Rocky Mountain High. Here he is playing his favorite instrument, the 12-string acoustic.
The Indigo Girls are a relatively new find for me, and I absolutely love their great harmonies. Their music is a treasure-trove of acoustic guitar. My favorite songs include Closer to Fine and Hey Kind Friend. Here they are in concert, like I saw them on Oct. 31, 1997.
Page, though noted for his influential electric playing, was an absolutely incredible acoustic player. Stairway to Heaven and Babe I'm Gonna Leave You stand out as models for acoustic guitar arrangement. Thanks to Electric Magic for this photo.