solo acoustic

GARY LUCAS is one of the best solo acoustic players in the world ("Lucas is a modern guitar miracle"—Rolling Stone). His fingerpicking is legendary ("Awesome fingerpicking skills"—The Japan Times) and he is a virtual one-man band. In his hands, an acoustic guitar becomes a small orchestra. He recently galvanized the UN by performing his solo acoustic arrangement of Leos Janacek’s "On An Overgrown Path" 15. Allegro before the General Assembly on International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27th 2017 (see embedded live clip below).

Similarly, his solo acoustic concerts are a tour de force, spanning the length and breadth of Gary's Grammy-nominated songwriting with his original songs, his signature songs co-written with Jeff Buckley ("Grace" and "Mojo Pin"), the music Gary performed with Captain Beefheart, his arrangements of classical music by Dvorak, Wagner and Janacek, jazz compositions by Duke Ellington and Albert Ayler, country blues by Skip James and Robert Johnson, 30's Chinese pop, Rolling Stones hits, film themes from Jacques Tati and Bela Tarr films, standards by George Gershwin and Cole Porter, Jewish children's music, and much much more.

Read a cool review of Gary solo acoustic at Quinn's in Beacon NY.

Watch the complete one and a half hour Gary Lucas solo acoustic concert performed in Pori Finland 7/2/17 for the 200th anniversary of underground club Validi Karkia!!
Part One | Part Two

FLASH: Gary Lucas just finished recording a new solo acoustic album "Cool Hand Luke" at Faust Studios in Prague. Check out Gary’s version of "The Last Time" below. Stay tuned for more updates...

"One of the best and most original guitarists in America" —Rolling Stone

"One of the 100 Greatest Living Guitarists" —Classic Rock (UK)

"The Thinking Man's Guitar Hero—A-List" —The New Yorker

"Legendary left-field guitarist" —The Guardian (UK)

"Without a doubt, the most innovative and challenging guitarist playing today" —fRoots (UK)

"One of the five best guitarists in the world" —Lidove Noviny (Czech Republic national newspaper)

Gary Lucas bio

For solo acoustic concert bookings:

Gary Lucas plays solo acoustic before the General Assembly of the UN for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 1/27/17

Gary performs a solo acoustic concert at the Internet Festival in Pisa Italy 10/6/16

Rock—Gary Lucas performs "The Last Time" solo acoustic

Jazz—Duke Ellington, Gary's solo arrangement:

Classical—Janacek's "On an Overgrown Path", Gary's new arrangement

Original—folk/jazz instrumental "Will O' the Wisp" (Lucas)—live clip

Film Music—"Walk On the Wild Side"


Gary performs solo acoustic at the Tribute to Giorgio Gomelsky at Niagara NYC 3/21/17
photo by Brad Balfour

Gary in action in London at the Jeff Buckley Tribute Upstairs at the Ritzy Brixton 9/10/17
photo by Michael Arkk

At The Echoplex LA

Gary Lucas performs solo acoustic before the General Assembly of the UN for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 1/27/17
photo by Jason Candler

photo copyright Michel Delsol