As a follow up to his well-revered holiday album Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar, Joel Paterson will release a collection of vintage instrumental, guitar-centric covers of songs from the Beatles’ catalog, entitled Let It Be Guitar! Joel Paterson Plays The Beatles. The album—out on September 20th—features the guitarist’s signature blend of vintage jazz, exotica, blues, rockabilly, western swing and country, and uses classic Beatles songs as a sonic template for the mid-century musical journey. The album’s available now for pre-order now on vinyl LP, CD, and digital.
Hear a sneak-peak of the reacord via the song “Michelle” below!
Let It Be Guitar! showcases fresh new arrangements of these familiar tunes, employing a wide variety of musical styles and guitar sounds, paying tribute to Paterson’s biggest influences including Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Jorgen Ingmann, James Burton, Buddy Emmons, Ernest Ranglin and many more. Paterson and his accompanying band will perform at least three shows to promote the release: SPACE in Evanston on September 21st and The Green Mill in Chicago on November 22nd and 23rd.
The album’s liner notes were written by singer/songwriter and fellow vintage appreciator JD McPherson, who picturesquely describes the album: “Each of Joel’s interpretations of these songs are concise, genre-bending, stylish tone poems, mixing both Joel’s and the Beatles’ own century-spanning inspirations into one zesty musical stew.