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Playing Around: Willy Porter 

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Musician Willy Porter was the only kid in his sixth-grade class to have an earthshaking experience after hearing Leo Kottke's 6- and 12- String Guitar album. It was this occurrence that led Porter to put down the viola he had been carrying around and pick up a six-string of his own. Years later, Porter has honed his strumming skills to a level of virtuosity, culminating in his third album, Falling Forward.

Porter struggled to get this recording produced. His style is somewhere between folk, rock and pop, a musical compromise that often goes overlooked by record companies. After disentangling himself from a deal gone sour with a major label, Porter found Six Degrees Records, which allowed him the freedom to record the album he had floating around in his head.

What he ended up with is "a veritable smorgasbord of popular musical styles," including everything from dance beats to musical Americana that echoes the Band. Complementing the diverse methods of Falling Forward are Porter's husky baritone vocals. The songs of love, love lost and the "dislocation of modern life" that appear on the album were all penned by Porter, justifying the title singer-songwriter. The multitalented guitarist will play a few songs for your enjoyment Wednesday night at the Colorado Music Hall. Tickets are $8, subject to service charge. Call 447-9797 for info.

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