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Friday, July 3, 2009

7/5: Guy Forsyth at the Beachland

Posted By on Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 8:00 AM

There’s a story in Guy Forsyth’s bio that’s so outlandish, it must be true. After learning to play as a teenager, the guitarist began tuning with his feet — a trick he picked up from a friend who lost both arms in an accident. The tale fits with Forsyth’s career, which began with the raucously unplugged Asylum Street Spankers and is now planted in a rootsy blues solo gig that employs acoustic and electric guitar, singing saw, ukulele and harmonica. His songs sometimes sound like they could have come straight from a 80-year-old 78 record; sometimes they sound as contemporary as a Yahoo news headline. Forsyth is a born wiseass, and his songs reflect his skewed sense of humor. But he can just as easily break your heart as crack you up. Forsyth will likely be dipping into his latest album, Calico Girl (actually a re-recording of his 1999 record, Can You Live Without, from which he apparently gets no royalties), but he has plenty in his catalog to choose from. Get there early for openers Oliver Buck & the New Madrids — the rootsy local rockers will play their farewell show. It starts at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $10. — Brian Baker

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