ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Guitarist Joe Scott’s album “Lucky Man” is all about him.
The 2013 CD, his first solo album, is intended as a gesture of appreciation.
“I am lucky that I am able to do music with Hannah and that I’ve made my entire living making music. I feel very fortunate,” Scott said in a phone interview from their home in Berthoud, Colo.
Hannah is his cellist-wife, Hannah Alkire. And, together they form the duo Acoustic Eidolon.
“I’ve done so many records over the years, and I’ve never done something that’s all about me,” Scott said.
On the CD, he plays originals and covers on a guitjo, a double-neck guitar that he designed, and several Martin guitars. On the title cut, an original instrumental, Scott is playing an old Martin D-28 guitar that he’s had since he was 15.
Several of the Martin guitars heard on the album date back to the late 19th century and belonged to Alkire’s paternal grandfather, who was a friend and colleague of the C.F. Martin guitar-making family in Pennsylvania, Scott said.
Among the covers on the album are “I Can See Clearly Now,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Dream On.”
Another Scott original heard on “Lucky Man” is “One Old Wreck,” which he said was inspired while driving through New Mexico. The beat-up vehicles he had seen on the highways reminded Scott of the first cars he used to drive when he was a teenager.
Scott and Alkire will be in concert Friday, Jan. 16, at the Outpost Performance Space. They will also give three other concerts in New Mexico on this tour – at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Deming Performing Arts Theater, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Hillsboro Community Center and Sunday, Jan. 18, at Casa de Sueños in Tularosa. (No time had been set at press time. Call 575-585-3494 for more information.)
Alkire refers to the “Lucky Man” CD as “the soundtrack to my life because Joe is always playing his guitar around the house or wherever we are, and these tracks are what I get to live my life to. I think that’s a very wonderful thing.”
In all of the New Mexico concerts, they will play selections from “Lucky Man” as well as tunes from the other recordings they’ve made together.