The North Central Florida Blues Society is excited to bring George Worthmore to Gainesville, playing the delightful listening room Heartwood Soundstage (619 S. Main Street) on Saturday, March 2, starting at 8 pm. He is a New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee and 2018 International Blues Challenge semifinalist. Worthmore, a fingerpicking wizard, has played with everyone from Kinky Friedman to the Platters, and owned a blues club in Africa where he brought in famous players from the world over. He’s backed up Ben E. King, rocked out with Ace Frehley of KISS, and played with rock founding father Bo Diddley. A veteran of the NYC folk scene, Worthmore studied with the great Dave Van Ronk.
His over 20-year career in the New York City music scene began with a one-year stint as a guitarist with Kinky Friedman. He’s played backup guitar for Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Lou Christy, and The Platters. Guitar monster Rick Derringer was a frequent guest artist, as well as the producer of George’s early work. Known for his quick wit and musical dexterity, George has also been “the other guy” with Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy in Hot Tuna.
His current show is a tour de force of solo acoustic guitar, from Ragtime to Blues, with some Bach thrown in for the more serious appreciators of the instrument. The music is interlaced with humorous comments and amusing stories about the songs and his experiences. This will be a fun show! Advance tickets at https://heartwoodsoundstage.com/event/north-central-florida-blues-society-presents-george-worthmore/
You’ve also asked for more educational workshops and master classes. So we have George offering a workshop relevant to all levels of playing on Sunday, March 3 at Cypress & Grove at 2 pm.
Workshop title: Don’t Play the Guitar- Play the Music
It teaches how to take what you do with your fingers on a fretboard and place it as music in a listener’s mind. The workshop stresses the importance of musical fundamentals, especially tempo, pitch, and timbre, in creating professional-sounding music. It shows the guitarist how to up one’s game by using techniques and practices, to make sure the fundamentals are strong.
“Yesterday, I left work early to attend a symposium on fingerstyle guitar at Elderly given by George Worthmore, famous NYC guitar dude who’s toured and played with Hot Tuna, Bo Diddley and others. When it came time for the lesson part, I received an in-depth drilling by one of the greats. What an honor and privilege. Showed me some cool Travis picking runs and really helped me understand that reading notes or tab and playing the song is different than actually delivering the music to an audience. It’s already helped me immensely. What a great insight George gave me on guitar!”.”
– From an attendee at an Elderly Instruments Workshop , Lansing, Michigan
“We just had a Guitar Workshop here taught by George Worthmore. He lives in Sarasota, a fantastic guitarist and a Very nice guy. He plays these fabulous, fingerstyle chord/melody arrangements of Paul McCartney songs! ….. Beautiful Guitar arrangements. He had one of his top students with him, a graduate of New College but together they were incredible.”
– Martin Foulds, Director , St Pete’s Music Factory
The workshop is only $20, and to be taught by such a master is a fantastic opportunity. Reserve a spot at https://ncfblues.org/events/george-worthmore-workshop-dont-play-the-guitar-play-the-music/