Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer), “an adventurer” (Newsday) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader). In addition to his distinguished career as a live performer, recording artist and composer, he is an innovator in guitar design and amplification technology, an instructor, photographer, writer and author, witty and engaging between-song onstage raconteur, and an at-large commentator for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” among other gifts, pursuits and interests. Hence it’s no wonder that “What’s Up” magazine hails London-born Legg as “the greatest British import since Newcastle Brown Ale.”
Since the 1990 release of his first U.S. recording “Guitars and Other Cathedrals”, Adrian Legg has more than lived up to the expectations stirred by an ongoing avalanche of praise from critics, fans, top guitar magazines and peers alike. Guitar hero Joe Satriani once said, “He’s simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard. He plays like he has hammers for fingers.”
The genius that the Boston Globe has called “technical brilliance paired with a troubadour’s tale-weaving skill” led him from 1993-96 to be voted “Best Fingerstyle Guitarist” four years straight by the readers of Guitar Player magazine.
“Eloquent picker. Master storyteller. Electro-acoustic guitar pioneer. The very gifted and very British Adrian Legg is all of those things, plus a journalist, acclaimed author and frequent commentator for public radio’s ‘All Things Considered.’ Voted ‘Guitarist of the Decade’ in the 1990s.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
“There are guitarists, there are axe-wielding maniacs, and then there are wizards. Adrian Legg is one of the wizards. He has enough technique to do just about anything he wants, but also the sensitivity to honour the contours of a melody.” – Philadelphia Enquirer
“Legg is, above all, a guitarist of great power, invention and versatility. Through fast-fingered picking, spontaneously layering parts and occasional ringing harmonics, he sounds like an orchestra.” –St. Petersberg Times
“Kind of a cross between Robert Fripp and Garrison Keillor.” – Audio Magazine
The best way to come to understand the fullness of Adrian Legg’s talent is, in the end, to simply listen.