Guitarist to play at TBAC Gallery

Eric Glatz, an award-winning finger-style guitarist, will perform Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Arts Council Gallery. His repertoire will consist of jazz, blues, Latin and classical music.

A new resident to Alpena, Glatz is a recording artist for Barksdale Records and has a newly released CD titled “Mississippi Chamber Music,” as well as having appeared on the internationally released Rounder Records anthology, “Rebel Voices.”

His unique method of guitar playing utilizes the thumb and fingers on his first right hand instead of the usual flat pick. The artist grew up in a multi-cultural neighborhood in southwest Detroit where he was able to absorb numerous popular styles.

Growing up in a musical family made for his first exposure to jazz. His musical training began on the piano. As a teenager he switched to guitar and was drafted to play the upright bass in his high school orchestra. His piano training honed his ears to seek a broader sound from the guitar, which continues to inspire his approach to the instrument.

Like most teens, he became interested in rock, but the accidental purchase of some blues records from a bargain bin in a dime store had a more profound impact upon him. One of these was a record of the Texas Bluesman Lighting Hopkins.

Some of the older guitar players in his neighborhood were natives of Kentucky and disciples of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. They had learned to play in the finger or thumb style technique, and gave him occasional pointers and got him started. Glatz soon gave up the flat pick and permanently became a finger style player.

As the years went by, his love of blues and jazz exposed him to many great musicians. The bars and clubs of Detroit provided an opportunity for him to hear many of the musicians he’d been listening to on records he loved dearly.

His playing today is versatile and his tastes have grown even more eclectic. This has opened even more doors for him to expose his talents to growing audiences.

In addition to his own recordings, Glatz has worked as a studio musician, performed as a back-up musician and even gone on to play in film scores.

TBAC Gallery is located at 127 W. Chisholm. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served during this free event. Limited seating is available.

Glatz also will be appearing at the Owl Cafe every Friday in February from 6-9 p.m. and at Latitudes this Saturday and Feb. 23 at 9:30 p.m.