BERT JANSCH will perform Thursday, October 19 at Arthur Nights

“As much of a great guitar player as Jimi [Hendrix] was, Bert Jansch is the same thing for acoustic guitar…and my favourite…” –Neil Young

“At one point, I was absolutely obsessed with Bert Jansch. When I first heard that LP [1965], I couldn’t believe it. It was so far ahead of what everyone else was doing.” –Jimmy Page (who recorded Jansch’s ‘Blackwaterside’ as ‘Black Mountain Side’ with Led Zeppelin)

“He completely re-invented guitar playing and set a standard that is still unequalled today… There are people playing guitar who don’t even realise they’ve been influenced by him one step removed.” –Johnny Marr

Bert’s new album The Black Swan comes out in the USA and Canada on Drag City on October 17. Producer Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart) worked with Bert on the record, as well as a number of guests including Devendra Banhart, Beth Orton, Otto Hauser (Espers, Vetiver), Helena Espvall (Espers), Kevin Barker (Currituck Co.), Paul Wassif and Adam Jansch. The album has been receiving fantastic reviews across Europe, including 5 stars from Mojo magazine.

Bert will play Thursday, October 19 at Arthur Nights at the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Other performers on the two stages that night include Devendra Banhart, Espers, Belong, Jackie Beat, Buffalo Killers, Yellow Swans, Grouper and Axolotl. Click here for ticket info.

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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