Hank Garland's accident

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Hank Garland's accident

Postby rhirvine » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:17 pm

I know this is kinda far afield from fingerpicking stuff but I've been entrieged about Hank Garland especially when I heard that no less than Chet Atkins in an interview when asked who was the best guitarist ever to come to Nashville, he said without a pause, Hand Garland. That is mighty high praise from our hero. I know that he went up to New York to play a set of bebop Jazz at a time when that was the thing in jazz. I read that "all the cats" were there and he wowed them. I have heard the resulting album "Jazz winds from a new direction" and was impressed many years ago. Subsequently he had a tragic car accident which prevented him from playing guitar again. His brother who hid him for over 10 years said that Hank had thought that someone was trying to kill him. I wonder if that accident was caused by some nefarious New York people who thought he was too good! I have never seen a timeline of when Hank Garland went up there to play and when the awful accident happened. But he was a great guitarist.
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Re: Hank Garland's accident

Postby Doug Working » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:34 pm

Are Hank's recordings still available?

For Chet to say you are the best is sure the highest praise any guitar picker could ever dream of.
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Re: Hank Garland's accident

Postby DagerRande » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:45 pm

I think Roger Hardin can answer this. He got to meet and know Hank toward to end.
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Re: Hank Garland's accident

Postby emjaybee94 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:47 pm

Back in the early 2000's I sent off for a boxed set of Hank's CDs from the man himself. It arrived with a signed photo of Hank .... "To Michael, Best wishes, Hank Garland". It's a treasured possession. The CDs are: Velvet Guitar, Jazz Winds From A New Direction, Unforgettable Guitar, Jazz In New York and Live At The Carousel.

I'm not sure if they would still be available, but the contact address is: Legend Enterprises, PO Box 7002, Orange Park, FL 32073.

His playing is quite amazing ... especially on Jazz Winds. That should be compulsory listening for any would be straight ahead jazz guitar player.

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