Handful of Strings

I always wanted to make a muli-tracked, Les Paul-influenced guitar-freakout record. I released "Handful of Strings" in 2013 for all you guitar geeks around the world. I played all the instruments on the CD, including guitars, lap steel, pedal steel, bass, and snare drum. I wrote all the tunes except for a couple of old standards, and engineered the album at my home studio. It was mixed and mastered by Alex Hall of Reliable Recorders. "Handful of Strings" is dedicated to all my guitar heroes, including Les Paul, Buddy Merrill, Jorgen Ingmann, Charlie Christian, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jimmy Bryant, Jimmy Day, Jerry Byrd, Freddie King, Albert Collins, and way too many more to list here.

Available for download at most digital outlets, and the CD is available to purchase at cdbaby.com.

Photo by Antje Kastner. Album design by Joel Paterson

Photo by Antje Kastner. Album design by Joel Paterson

Original album liner notes by king of the guitar geeks, Deke Dickerson:
There once was a time when the “multiple guitar” style of recording flourished, pioneered by Les Paul and carried on by such luminaries as Buddy Merrill and Jorgen Ingmann. With the invention of multi-track recording, the adventuresome guitarist could create lush, swirling guitar orchestras, all overdubbed through a labor-intensive studio process.
Somewhere along the way, the multiple guitar recording went out of vogue. Joel Paterson seeks to change all that with this phenomenal release, reviving the lost art of multiple guitar recording with “Handful of Strings,” the best album of its kind since Buddy Merrill left the Lawrence Welk Show.
Paterson is a monster player from Chicago who seems to soak up all the great American music styles like a sponge, and you’ll hear them all here, from jazz to blues to country and rock—and even funk.
“Handful of Strings” is essential listening for any guitar geek and a must for anybody who digs guitars and guitar music. All hail Joel Paterson, Chicago’s guitar geek extraordinaire! – Deke Dickerson, 2013