Guy Forsyth brought his skills as a stellar live performer to help found and eventually drive to international acclaim the theatrical acoustic group The Asylum Street Spankers. He gave Wammo his first washboard and Christina Marrs her first guitar and ukulele. His time with the Spankers touring and recording 5 albums added to a wealth of earlier unique experiences in his life – working as a stuntman in renaissance shows, busking on the streets of New Orleans and playing on a mountain top in Nepal –which provided him musical fodder to be refined in the songs of Forsyth’s numerous solo albums.
Guy is known today as a musician with gripping, powerful vocals as well as a master of numerous instruments. He started his musical development first with singing, and began playing harmonica at 16. Shortly thereafter he heard a very distinct and overwhelming sound on Kansas City radio that changed his life; it was Robert Johnson. After that, he borrowed a guitar, fell in love and learned to tune it with his feet from a friend who had lost both his arms in an accident. In college, he lasted a single semester at the University of Kansas, and then he found the music he had been seeking – gritty, organic folk and blues, “from a practical hands-on, gears, joints and joists level.” And he struck out to learn it.
Forsyth received the Austin Music Award for Best Male Vocalist in 2005, and numerous other AMA’s over the years in catagories such as Blues and Best Miscellaneous Instrument Player (singing saw), among others. Guy has been featured in a number of large festivals across America and Europe and has shared the stage with musicians such as BB King, Ray Charles, Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Vaughn, Dr. John, Robert Cray, and many others.
Will Taylor & Strings Attached
Will Taylor, master arranger, composer, and viola, violin, guitar, and piano player, and 21 year veteran of the Austin Opera has led Strings Attached on collaborations with Shawn Colvin, Sara Hickman, Jimmy LaFave, Dar Williams, Darden Smith, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ian Moore, Patrice Pike, Abra Moore, Pearl Jam for their Austin City Limits taping, and many others. His local shows and residencies (currently Thursdays at El Mercado's Backstage) include a hosts of Austin's finest performers, and always evolve into a crescendo of phenomenal sound.