“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 , 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.