Various Artists / Berkeley Guitar
Album: Berkeley Guitar   Collection:General
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Oct 2006
Label:Tompkins Square  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-01-28 Pull Date: 2007-04-01
Week Ending: Mar 25 Mar 4 Feb 25 Feb 18 Feb 11 Feb 4
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 28, 2023: Traditions
Waltz, Swamp Angel, What Once Was Will Be
4. May 01, 2007: At Your Local Dive (live performance with The Finches)
What Once Was Will Be
2. Dec 06, 2007: At Your Local Dive
The Augur Of Deviation
5. Mar 20, 2007: At Your Local Dive
Lonely Tuesday Ramble, The Augur Of Deviation
3. Aug 16, 2007: At Your Local Dive
What Once Was Will Be
6. Mar 03, 2007: Cincinnati Kid
The Augur Of Deviation

Album Review
Natalie Ruiz Tofano
Reviewed 2007-01-24
LOCAL! Comp of three Berkeley-based guitar soloists: Sean Smith, Adam Snider, Matt Baldwin. Beautiful collection of instrumental, fingerstyle folk guitar, rooted in “American blues and rural guitar genres”, drawing from guitar soloist scene in Berkeley during the 60s i.e. John Fahey, Robbie Basho. Smith seems very improvisational and experimental in his compositions. Snider has a more traditional blues sound than the others. Baldwin feels more careful, and creates beautiful compositions. Recording debuts for Snider and Baldwin.
Favs – 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 11

Sean Smith
1 – Beautiful composition; starts out soft/simple, builds layer upon layer. Long and definitely worth it! (7:30)
2 – Soft & pensive, changes pace in the middle; song feels like its telling a story
3 – Slow & sleepy, more traditional folk sounding than his other two; towards the middle the song really imitates falling asleep/fading out
Adam Snider
4 – Cheery and bright; complex variations of traditional sounding riffs
5 – Bluesy w/mostly guitar picking & hardly any full chords, beautiful & catchy.
6 – Beautiful sound, very slow and distant.
7 – Solemn & darker than others; transitions into amazing, fast-paced finger-picking sections
Matt Baldwin
8 – Careful and sweet; has a traditional folk, roaming and wandering quality
9 – Complex variations, catchy and light feeling with a bluesy twang to it
10 – Softer & more serious; w/bits of crazy, more experimental sounding pickings
11 – Lovely & sweet just like the title; changes to a slower pace toward the end

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Smith, Sean The Augur Of Deviation
2. Smith, Sean What Once Was Will Be
3. Smith, Sean Die Until Tomorrow, Sleep
4. Snider, Adam Lonely Tuesday Ramble
5. Snider, Adam Swamp Angel
6. Snider, Adam The Little Death
7. Snider, Adam The Anger Of God
8. Baldwin, Matt Waltz
9. Baldwin, Matt Split, Part 2
10. Baldwin, Matt Anji
11. Baldwin, Matt She Was A Girl, She Was In Love