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July 8th, 2008

Sandy Bull – Fantasias for Guitar & Banjo

Sandy Bull is as talented as he is unknown. That is, egregiously so. In fact, an old tinpan alley legend holds that in the winter of 1964, Bull handed a young Bob Dylan an electric guitar for the first time and told him to “give it a try” (why does it seem like the 60’s have so many legends of the first time musicians did something? Was everything so epic? Yes. Yes it was.) We all know what happened a year after that…but I digress.

His range was boundless: he was a gifted interpreter of Chuck Berry, Bach, fourteenth-century ballads, salsa, samba, and Indian, African and Middle Eastern music. He was accomplished on oud, sarod, six-string bass, pedal steel banjo. He was not only the ultimate eclectic — he is probably the greatest musician you’ll discover (or re-discover) for some time.

[download] “Carmen Burana Fantasy” – from Fantasias for Guitar & Banjo



  1. Sandy’s amazing!

    That reminds me though, I was hoping someone on this site would’ve covered the release of the third addition to the great “Imaginational Anthem” guitar series. Sandy Bull was featured on the first one, but each album has been great so far. Some really rare instrumental/primitive guitar players featured on these things. If you haven’t checked them out I urge you to do so!

    Comment by jack a roe — July 8, 2008 @ 5:01 pm
  2. New site layout looks great!

    Comment by senne — July 8, 2008 @ 5:59 pm
  3. I played him many times on my radio show which ran from 1975 till 1988 @KCSBFM at UCSB.
    I just saw an old clip of Chuck Berry plane Memphis and it reminded me of Sandy bull again. I’d like to thank him for all the great music and let him know I tried to play a lot of it on the radio. Never saw him in person, don’t know if he toured much…

    Comment by Trina Simon — January 25, 2017 @ 5:36 pm

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