There is a new innovative solo acoustic guitar album by Rich Osborn called GIVING VOICE.
He has great background. Osborn studied privately with guitar-maestro Robbie Basho, taught Travis-style finger-picking in college to Will Ackerman, gave guitarist Tuck Andress three years of classical study notes that influenced his approach, and played on the album BEYOND BERKELEY GUITAR. Osborn also traveled to India to study ragas which he utilizes for his guitar compositions.
This really is a worthwhile and deeply-moving recording. The first track is a bit esoteric and improvisational, but the rest of the tunes have a fairly-defined melodic structure. There are eight original pieces and Osborn tends to stretch out on them (the shortest is three-and-a-half-minutes and the longest is over ten minutes). “Knights of the Interior Castle” sounds like a soundtrack composition and really picks up speed. Another rapid tune is “A Song of New Beginnings.” But there also are several slow, thoughtful and beautifully-executed slow numbers. It is difficult to tell whether he has worked out every piece in detail, or whether he is flying by the seat of his pants on occasion. But he seems self-assured and every note seems to have been thought about. Although at times the notes are spaced apart, there always seems to be quite a bit going on within the music.
For anyone who likes the warm sounds of an expert acoustic guitar picker, this music is highly recommended. To purchase it, do a google search for sale sites. His website is richardosbornguitar dot com.