Fingerstyle icon Alex De Grassi, one of the first and most influential of the Windham Hill guitarists, recently stopped by the Peghead Nation studio to talk about his Mendocino Summer Guitar Workshop, held near his home in Northern California. Geared toward intermediate and advanced guitarists, the workshop will be held at the Albion Retreat and Learning Center in Albion, California, from July 12 to 17, 2016. Featuring guest instructor Andrew York and coinciding with the nearby Mendocino Music Festival, the workshop will offer performance opportunities as well as instruction, and will include a public concert on July 14 at the Mendocino Music Festival Main Tent featuring De Grassi, York, and Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Badi Assad.
While Alex was in the Peghead studio, he played a version of the early jazz classic “St. James Infirmary,” which he also recorded on his album Now and Then.