Darrin Kobetich is a Fort Worth, Texas, based guitarist who aptly calls his music "ambient delta raga thrash grass." His album Free truly embodies the above classification containing an eclectic assortment of musical monographs showcasing imaginative compositions graced by virtuosic performances. Growing up in Long Island exposed Kobetich to a variety of ethnic music that he soon augmented with a healthy dose of heavy metal. A recent live show in the Texas Hill Country found the guitarist performing a faithful reading of Jimmy Page’s ephemeral "Bron – Ur – Aur". Kobetich’s current release opens with "Once In The Blue Moon" a Lydian tinged anthem that progresses into catchy bluegrass inspired passages. Echoes of the late virtuoso Michael Hedges can be heard on "Here And Now," showcasing dramatic percussive interludes and brilliantly executed two handed tapping excursions. While "As She Builds Her Nest" has a strong Middle Eastern vibe and features some intricate single note improvisations. From the masterful slide of "Grab Yer Lunch Pail" to the sophisticated fingerstyle sequences of "Morning Coffee" one can hear the profound influence of guitar legend Leo Kottke. Darrin Kobetich is a masterful player and deserves a much wider recognition than the regional success he currently enjoys. Free is just the musical offering that should expose this artist to a broader audience. The recording is an alluring and assessable collection of original acoustic instrumentals and is highly recommended for all listeners of contemporary music. © James Scott
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