Part 2 of Muriel’s visit to TG Central started off with another improv from her Eclipse CD, Moonshadow by Cat Stevens. Then we spent some time talking about her musical history, her love of Bluegrass, and her not catching much popular culture growing up (with an innocent slam on a band still going strong after 50 some-odd years).

We did strike a little common ground as we continued, bringing up Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Pat Metheny, which sparked a rusty stab at a couple of his songs that I had messed with a few years ago.


Acoustic Snapshot – Muriel Anderson at TG Central (in 3 Parts): At the start of 2018 Muriel Anderson was on her annual California and West Coast tour and spent a couple days with us in Los Gatos. Before she left on Saturday the 13th, we sat down in the studio to chat and jam a bit.

In Part 1 we talk about her latest project, Eclipse. She tells the story of flying back home to Nashville to catch the rare event, where she enjoyed it with a big group on the lawn of the Capitol Building. Requests came in for celestial inspired songs while Bryan Allen shot some photographs.

Afterwards they decided to turn it into a full CD of solos (mostly) played on her 20-string harp guitar, basically a short scale classical guitar tuned a whole step high with 7 sub-bass and 7 super-treble strings.

Amidst the chatter we play a couple songs, Van Morrison’s Moondance and Muriel’s original Night Lights.


I have been messing with Jerry Reed’s Blues Land for quite a while now and it is finally starting to take shape. One of the obstacles was that the original was done with a back up band, and maybe even multiple guitars so I had to come up with some ideas as far a creating a solo arrangement.

There are some pretty unusual techniques as well, including a lot of grace notes and what I might call a thumb drag, a quick backwards brush with the thumb across just a few strings. Maybe a lesson on this someday but I don’t really have any of it written out yet.