Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Opus III

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Opus III

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John Hulburt

Opus III

Tompkins Square

Opus III is a crate digger's dream of an undiscovered gem

Singer-songwriter and excellent guitarist Ryley Walker stumbled upon a copy of John Hulburt's 1972 album in a Chicago record store. He explains in the liner notes that he felt an instant connection to the late musician and his "delicate folk tunes." Walker and Tompkins Square label head Josh Rosenthal fashioned the 40-minute album for reissue.

Bom on a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin, Hulburt moved to Chicago to attend school. He joined the garage-rock act the Knaves on the same day he registered for classes. Chicago in the 1970s was only a speck on the map for American folk music and solo-guitar instrumentalists, making Opus III an intriguing record for its time. Hulburt was fascinated with steel-string slinger John Fahey, as his hearty fingerstyle playing throughout Opus III demonstrates well. …

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