When I was a sophomore in college back in the early 80’s , I serendipitously discovered the music of Pat Metheny. I was looking through a stack of used albums at a local record store when I came across a album cover with a bunch of glistening airstream RV trailers photographed against a blue sky. I didn’t even notice the name of the band or the album title at first. I was trying to imagine what music represented by an airstream might sound like. I was intrigued, so I checked out the name of the band – the Pat Metheny Group. Never head of them. American Garage was the name of the album. I almost put it back in the bin, but decided to flip over the album, expecting to find references to folk or country music – maybe a fiddle player or a picture of a mandolin or a banjo trio. Quite the contrary. The photo on the back cover revealed some young guys in a greasy garage jamming. I knew it wasn’t a country band because the guitarist was playing a hollow body Ibanez jazz guitar. Hoping I had found a gem, I bought the album; I’ve been playing it ever since. A true gem!
Posted on December 13, 2008 by ribbie