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Pat Metheny Releases Solo Acoustic Album

What’s It All About features Metheny’s interpretation of 10 classic songs

Pat Metheny

From guitarist Pat Metheny comes a solo acoustic album, What’s It All About, released today on Nonesuch Records. The album features 10 covers of songs from Metheny’s past, including “That’s the Way I Always Heard it Should Be” by Carly Simon, “The Sound of Silence” by Paul Simon (for Simon and Garfunkel) and “And I Love Her” from Lennon/McCartney.

In his preview video on YouTube, Metheny explained that the album came about unintentionally. “I was just kind of playing for fun, doing stuff I thought maybe I would enjoy hearing,” said Metheny. “So, it’s a real direct from me to you recording.” Most of the songs were recorded on a baritone acoustic guitar, with one song (“The Sound of Silence”) played on a 42-string guitar.

Starting in September, the guitarist will be performing along with bassist Larry Grenadier in 17 cities for his US tour. Here are the dates:

Tuesday, September 20 and Wednesday, September 21

Seattle, WA: Jazz Alley

Thursday, September 22

Portland, OR: Alladin Theater

Saturday, September 24

San Francisco, CA: Marine Memorial Theatre

Sunday, September 25

Santa Monica, CA: Broad Stage

Tuesday, September 27

Austin, TX: One World Theatre

Wednesday, September 28

Edmond, OK: University of Central Oklahoma

Thursday, September 29

Lawrence, KS: Liberty Hall

Friday, September 30

Chicago, IL: Old Town School of Folk Music

Saturday, October 1

Pittsburgh, PA: Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

Sunday, October 2

Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Theatre

Tuesday, October 4

Bethesda, MD: The Music Center at Strathmore

Wednesday, October 5

Glenside, PA: The Keswick Theatre

Thursday, October 6

York, PA: Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center

Friday, October 7

Wilmington, DE: The Grand Opera House

Saturday, October 8

Hanover, NH: Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College

Sunday, October 9

Somerville, MA: Somerville Theatre

Tuesday, October 11-Sunday, October 16

New York, NY: The Blue Note

For further information about the tour, go to Pat Metheny’s website.

Here’s a video of the guitarist talking about the album:

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