Ben Harper once said of the great Little Walter - 'He is one of lifes most rare musical instances; where you can hear the instrument saying to its player in every note; Thank you – thank you for all you've done for me. I can never repay you'. Perhaps no truer statement could ever been spoken about Ben and the Weissenborn. He redefined an instrument and what it could be, and made it singularly his own.
And so it is with the greatest of weight that any aspiring musician, player (or maker!) of the Weissenborn must meet with this in their musical journey through life.
What started as a single instrumental and then became a collection for an EP, transitioned into a full and conscious record that tells a story. Beneath the Weissenborn cuts its own path musically with an honesty and quality that has made Thomas' unique voice so beloved and identified with the world over.
Thomas is one of those most special and beautiful people you meet in life who gives rather than takes, and continually inspires through his own humility, artistic integrity and positivity for life. It has been the greatest honor as a maker to collaborate with him on various projects, and to see him record a solid selection of guitars that I made (Styles 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively) and restored (Weissenborn Teardrop, Ca.1930).
One of my favorite things about the album its how it takes you places within your own head and heart. The new video 'Born' so beautifully articulates the magic, innocence and complete enamor of how I felt about the Weissenborn when I first heard it, and why it continues to inspire my life on a daily basis. Thank you for all you have done for me, Thomas!
'Beneath The Weissenborn' is out today!