Musician, storyteller Adrian Legg returns to Walla Walla for concert

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WALLA WALLA — Adrian Legg will be among us again. Indeed, the Englishman is nearly a staple in the Walla Walla music scene with multiple visits here over a span of 20 years.

Billed as an accomplished guitarist, composer and storyteller, Legg will be in concert here at Whitman College in Chism Hall on Saturday, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The artist enjoys a legion of local fans, according to his primary sponsor, Jim McGuinn, owner of Hot Poop Stereo & Video.

Legg, who displays his art via nimble fingers, plays custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic, and his unique fingerstyle guitar technique mixes an alternating-bass style with harmonics, banjo-peg retuning and single or double-string bending.

If that wasn’t enough of a mouthful, Legg also weaves spellbinding tales, McGuinn said in an email. “Like most Englishmen, Adrian loves to poke fun at the French, but he also has some great observations of being on the road in America in a rented Ford.”

Although Legg’s CD sales are healthy, listening to those at home is not like being at a concert, McGuinn pointed out.

Indeed, a live audience is essential to the art, Legg said in a press release. “What happens is that you come out with a new tune and you play it to people, and after you’ve played it to a lot of different people, if they like it, it has another kind of dimension to it. It has all those people in it as well. It’s not just you in it anymore; it’s something that’s shared. It’s quite stronger than it was.”

The blend of talent displayed over many decades has garnered the musician and composer more accolades than a reasonable person can keep track of, McGuinn said when Legg last performed here in 2011.

In addition, Legg has authored a book — the Bible of customizing guitars, McGuinn said — and has taught technical mastery of strings. Legg was voted Guitar Player Magazine’s “Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist” four years in a row and England’s Guitarist Magazine’s “Guitarist of the Decade.”

A number of his albums have been voted either “Best Overall Guitar Album” or “Best Acoustic Guitar Album” by Guitar Player Magazine; including the 1992 “Guitar For Mortals.”

Walla Walla gets its own chance to be part of the Legg legacy on Saturday. Advance tickets, $17, are available at Hot Poop, 210 E. Main St., or at the door for $20.

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