“Even before he started recording "House of Guitars" [Virtue Records], Ed Gerhard knew it would differ radically from his previous albums. The concept would be simple, but daring: Round up a bevy of inexpensive pawnshop guitars and play them as is-without even changing the strings.
Making music with “found” tools could have been a recipe for aural disaster, but somehow "House of Guitars" stands as a creative and sonic masterpiece.”
““A very fine acoustic guitarist...a cut above.”
- FolkRoots London”
““I am glad to be living in the time of such a great guitarist, when a single note can say so much.”
Fingestyle Guitar Magazine
““Gerhard does not write instrumentals -he writes songs only a guitar can sing.”
““...[his] recordings and live performances have established him as one of the most
exciting of the guitarist-composers.”
-Acoustic Guitar Magazine”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"Gerhard targets a tune's emotions with unerring accuracy."
-Guitar Player Magazine
Guitar Player Magazine
“Guitarist Ed Gerhard, an American from the East Coast, works extensively with open tunings, allowing an unusually wide sound spectrum.
Technicalities immediately become unnecessary as Ed Gerhard, with his imposing presence and long flowing grey hair, takes his place on stage: it’s all about beautiful tone - every one of them. Throughout self-penned compositions and arrangements pieces flow filigree and carefree; changes in harmony and key are handled as if obvious. Gerhard is no superficial tone painter, no bluffer, and no aesthetic lightweight; this is already apparent in the left-handed Gerhard’s infallible sense of timing. There aren’t any flourishes and everything sounds absolutely necessary: when every single tone is important, then not a single note is either too much or too little. Gerhard arranges precisely and sparingly. The beauty of the sound became the sharply circumvented truth. This is a precious quality and makes Gerhard a rare ambassador.
"Guitarist don’t get any better than Ed Gerhard. Sure, there are great classical and flamenco guitarists and lightning-fast fingerpickers and
jazz improvisers who can take you through a set of variations so complex they make your head spin.
But, Gerhard can do it all, not only with technical perfection but
with the ability to illuminate the emotional core of whatever he is playing.
Clear and uncluttered, yet containing enough harmonic layers to make
you forget you’re listening to only a solo instrument, Gerhard’s arrangements
are so delicate, so melodically gorgeous that if they were three-dimensional
objects, they would be made of spun glass.
His new CD, titled simply “The Live Album,” is his best yet.
““Luna” Chosen by
Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 20th Anniversary
List of 240 Essential Albums
“This soulful album of original compositions rich in melody, chordal complexity and stylistic variety proves why Gerhard is considered to have the most exquisite acoustic guitar tone
on the planet.””
Acoustic Guitar magazine