From the Sundazed Vaults...back by popular demand!
Growing up in Cowpens, SC, Hank Garland began playing guitar at age 6. Ten years later, this precocious talent led him to Nashville, where he quickly integrated himself into the city's thriving live music and recording scene. Scoring a million-selling hit at age 19 with "Sugarfoot Rag," Garland became a first-call Nashville session guitarist, recording with a "who's who" of country stars and nascent rockers (including that Presley kid-it's Garland playing the indelible riff on "Little Sister" and many more of Elvis' Nashville sessions). His prowess caught the ear of Gibson Guitar Company president Ted McCarty, who enlisted Garland's input in designing Gibson?s classic Byrdland hollow body electric guitar. This collaboration proved prophetic, as Garland?s true musical passion was jazz, for which the Byrdland was both named and designed. After being told by Chet Atkins that Django Reinhardt was "the greatest guitar player in the world," Garland spent countless hours studying the Belgian master guitarist's style and method.
Garland ventured beyond Nashville as a member of Eddy Arnold's touring band. Whenever Arnold's tour hit New York City, Garland took advantage of the opportunity to visit the Big Apple's many jazz clubs and studied with jazz guitar virtuoso Barry Galbraith. Securing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Garland set the jazz world on its ear in the late '50s and early '60s with three landmark albums for the label. Move! collects every track from these sessions, including the entire Jazz Winds from a New Direction album and four previously unissued tracks. Come hear the ultimate Nashville cat!