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A Drop of the Pure

by Steve Baughman

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Cullen Bay 03:14
Fanny Power 04:27
Greensleeves 06:03


It is pretty rare to meet a guitarist who considers playing in open tunings for a reason other than to obtain a fast and immediate sounding effect. Being easy enough to understand, the open tuning at first flatters the ear but can easily anesthetize the facility of prompt reaction to the instrumentalist.

Steve Baughman's playing does not fall into this trap. His technique is impeccable and his quest for pure sound is moving. He has found his own medium and is en route to his personal musical journey in a very generous and elegant manner.

Steve's enthusiasm is obvious, but his thought and self distance are mature enough to offer us an album of transcended guitar music with heart and spirit.

Pierre Bensusan
Chateau-Thierry, France
June 6, 1996


released June 1, 1996

Produced by Steve Baughman
Assistant Producer Chris Caswell
All tracks engineers by Chris Caswell except 7, 10, 11, engineered by Dave Wellenhausen
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 8, and 13 were mixed by Chris Caswell at Mesa Recording, Sebastopol, CA.
Tracks 4, 5, 6, 9 and 12 were mixed by Steve Hart at Mesa Recording, Sebastopol, CA.
Tracks 7, 10, and 11 were mixed by Dave Wellhausen at Wellhausen Studios, San Francisco, CA.
Mastered by Al Day at Adrenaline Labs in San Francisco, CA.
Photography by Panoramaman David Best
Graphic Design by Scott Blum and Andrea Brake
World's finest guitar by James Goodall

All arrangements by Steve Baughman exxcept #12 The Keep of Kalissen arrangement by Chris Caswell, Paul Machlis, Barry Phillips, Michele Honeck, and Steve Baughman

Acknowledgements: This album is dedicated to my parents Roy and Trudel Baughman of Napa, California, with thanks for decades of love and support and fun. Very warm thanks to Pierre Bensusan, who has graciously shared with me his observations and insights into my journey as a guitarist. Finally, I'd wish to express my appreciation to fiddlers Martin Hayes and Alisdair Frasier, who more than any other musicians have helped me understand the importance of tone and expressiveness in music and the primacy of feeling over flash


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Steve Baughman San Francisco, California

Steve Baughman is known for his melodic fingerstyle guitar playing, which draws on Celtic, Appalachian, and various ethnic and folk traditions, as well as his clawhammer guitar playing of old-time fiddle tunes with an infectious groove and rhythm. He was described by Dirty Linen magazine as one of the best Celtic fingerpickers in the United States. ... more

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