One of the world's most prestigious guitar-oriented magazines will be profiling one of Manitoba's best guitarists in September. Guitar Player - which has been in publication for 40 years and has featured the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Eddie Van Halen - is running a two-page spread on Art Turner for the fall.
Turner, a former motorcycle racer and professional photographer, didn't start playing guitar seriously until his early 30s. In the past few years, he has been recognized as one of the best fingerstyle guitarists around.
Turner's recent accomplishments include nominations for the Western Canadian Music Awards and Prairie Music Awards, important showcases at the North American Folk Alliance, making CBC Disc Drive host Jurgen Gothe's Hit List, and well as a featured spot on the all-star Canadian guitar compilation Six Strings North of the Border Volume II.
Turner's fourth album, Sonora, has been receiving some great attention since it's 2006 release. The album - which features some heavy-hitting collaborators, including violinist Hugh Marsh (Bruce Cockburn, Loreena McKennitt, DaVinci Code soundtrack), and acclaimed bassist Michael Manring (John Gorka, Michael Hedges) - was nominated for a 2006 WCMA in the Instrumental category.
The September issue of Guitar Player magazine is on stands now.