[Photo provided by Bryan Allen]
[Muriel Anderson plays harp-guitar.]
DOWNERS GROVE – Joining famed guitarist and harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson at her 28th annual hometown concert Nov. 30 at Downers Grove North High School will be guitarist Thom Bresh.
The two have known each other for years, and he taught her the style of playing named after his iconic father, Merle Travis, whose hits include "16 Tons."
"Travis-picking is an exciting and very earthy style of playing guitar that Travis developed," Anderson said. "It's … a style that guitarists are rediscovering. In addition [to playing] just like his father, Thom also does some really funny tunes and impersonations. He's a brilliant comedian and entertainer – a big personality."
The acoustic concert at her alma mater the Saturday after Thanksgiving will feature separate sets by Anderson and Bresh, and then the two will collaborate. Interspersed with their music will be plenty of stories. The multimedia show also will share images of Anderson's international experiences on the road, which have fueled her latest project, one she's wanted to do for 20 years.
She has taken her collection of favorite recipes and paired them with thematically fitting songs recorded with some leading artists she met on her journeys, titling it "Acoustic Chef."
"As I traveled, I've found some incredible food and recipes and have been wanting to share them," she said. "Sometimes, the food inspires music and often when we're cooking, we like to have appropriate music to play when we're making each dish. I brought those concepts together."