BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – At only 31 years old, Lyle Brewer is as accomplished as many musicians twice his age. Revered in his adopted home town of Boston as one of the most sought after guitarists for both studio and live work, Mr. Brewer has released several albums of his own, the most recent of which, Juno, was chosen Best Local Album by the Boston Globe in 2015. He performs at the Windham Ballroom at Popolo on Sunday, May 7.
His music is entirely instrumental but in a unique way says more than pages of careful lyrics. As versatile a player as he is a stylist, Mr. Brewer’s talent reaches across the genres from blues to country to jazz. In fact, he studied jazz performance at The New England Conservatory of Music but it would be an error to call him a jazz guitarist. He counts among his influences guitarists as varied as Joe Pass, Duane Allman, and John Scofield.
“Lyle can play anything,” remarks veteran songwriter and exemplary player, Peter Mulvey, “so the question with him is ‘what, then, will I play?’” Mulvey says he loves how fearlessly Mr. Brewer chooses to play what’s simple and pretty but continues, “of course he also shreds with the best of them.”
Mr. Brewer’s versatility leads to him being known in many ways; Bellows Falls entrepreneur, Josh Hearne, notes that Mr. Brewer might be best known as guitarist for area favorite, singer-songwriter, Ryan Montbleau. In a feature on Mr. Brewer, USA Today noted his centrality in the Boston music scene is “as integral to it as Harvard Square is to Cambridge.”
A multi-instrumentalist who picked up the guitar late, Mr. Brewer recently started a scholarship in his mother’s name to help young aspiring guitarists take lessons with his old guitar teacher.
“I just have to play,” Brewer said in a 2015 interview with the Boston Globe, “It’s hard to talk about this stuff without coming off as corny or pretentious, but it’s freedom. It’s being able to express yourself, to become a different person.”
Currently in preparation for his recording of compositions by J.S. Bach and funded by the Passim Iguana Grant, Mr. Brewer has made time for a few shows, among them this rare solo performance in Bellows Falls at the Windham Ballroom.
Tickets are can be purchased in advance and at the door if still available. Doors are at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are available at popolomeanspeople.com and dinner reservations if desired in Popolo’s adjacent dining room should be made by phoning the restaurant at 802-460-7676. For more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.