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March 03, 2010
Raul Malo appears in PBS Film

Raul Malo appears in PBS Film
Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar
KLRN/PBS Ch-9 TV  |  San Antonio, Texas
Sat. March 20  |  8 - 10 pm.       


Primal Twang: The Legacy of the Guitar — Country music great and twang guitarist extraordinaire, Raul Malo, is featured in the first definitive cinematic journey through the guitar’s colorful history to be broadcast on KLRN/PBS San Antonio, March 20th at 8pm. The story of the “instrument of the gods” showcases electrifying live performances by world music legend, Dan Crary and an all-star ensemble of international guitar greats including Grammy Award winners Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, Mason Williams, and Andrew York. Other featured artists include harp-guitarist John Doan, Brazilian jazz master, Peter Sprague and Grand Ole Opry star, Doyle Dykes.
Primal Twang was the brainchild of flatpicking pioneer Dan Crary and filmmaker, Anthony Leigh Adams. The duo wrote a script that begins with the guitar’s ancient ancestors and covers not only the wildly eclectic forms of music played throughout the centuries on variants of the steel-string, nylon-string, and electric guitar, but also the sociological impact the guitar has had in every era.
“Primal Twang reveals compelling stories and music from the guitar’s past, present, and future,” says Adams, who directed and produced the production. “Dan and the seven-piece band, perform everything from ancient modal music to classical, flamenco, and the Chet Atkins school, and from the guitar-based vocal pop of the early 20th Century through the jazz, folk, and rock eras, right up to today.  At key points in the show, our featured guest artists join the band.  So the audience gets to see and hear some of the best guitarists in the world as the ‘instrument of the gods’ emerges from antiquity, gathers steam over centuries, and explodes in our own time to become the ‘universal’ musical instrument.”
Crary, a world-traveler, raconteur, and former communications professor, starred as the singer/narrator, accompanied by a stellar stage ensemble including music director and multi-instrumental, Dennis Caplinger (HBO’s Deadwood), drummer Duncan Moore, classical/flamenco guitarists Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda (who performed with rising flamenco dance star Lakshmi Basile), gypsy-jazz guitarist Raul Reynoso, bassist Jeff Pekarek, and pop-rock guitarist/vocalist Jon Walmsley (he was “Jason” on the TV series, The Waltons, and is now an in demand session player in Los Angeles).
Adams states that he and Crary are thrilled that “everyone in the production saw Primal Twang as an opportunity to celebrate their special passion for the instrument.” For more information on this unique celebration of the guitar visit: Primaltwang.com