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Guitarists’ road shows a success so far

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Say hello to guitarist Craig D’Andrea. He wants you to get to know him and his music. Live, not just on YouTube. So does Candyrat Records, which is sponsoring a tour that D’Andrea is part of.

The tour stop at The Cooperage on Wednesday, March 28, features guitarists D’Andrea, Gareth Pearson and Ewan Dobson and singer/songwriter Matthew Santos.

Read Interview with Santos

All four musicians are artists on the Candyrat label.

Candyrat Guitar Night
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28

WHERE: The Cooperage, 7220 Lomas NE

HOW MUCH: $15 in advance, $20 day of show at or by calling Hold My Ticket at 886-1251 or at the door

“It’s a showcase for Candyrat and a showcase for each of us,” D’Andrea said in a phone interview from Kansas City, Mo.

Each of the four perform solo for half an hour in the two-hour national tour concerts.

D’Andrea, who is from Greenwich, Conn., won the Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition on his third try.

“I went up there with my parents in 2005. In 2006 I went back again and came in third. And in 2007 I finally got first place,” he said.

After he won the competition, Candyrat signed him to its label. That same year he won, D’Andrea recorded his first album, “Crazy Is Catching,” which has mostly solo guitar tracks and a few with drums and with remixes. A year ago, he recorded his third CD, “And the B.L.T.’s.” “I’ve never been one for serious titles,” he said.

D’Andrea started out playing cello in the third grade. In his freshman year of high school he got into the electric guitar and got hooked up with a good teacher. Then his uncle gave him a CD called “Masters of the Acoustic Guitar,” which had various artists using different approaches.

“Don Ross was on that CD. He was doing what I am trying to do now, having melody, harmony and percussion on the same guitar at the same time,” D’Andrea said.

“Ross believes in alternate tuning, which is tuning strings to different pitches. I started learning his music and tried to play everything I could in that style.”

D’Andrea said he participated in Candyrat’s 2011 tour with Dobson and Pearson and a rotating singer/songwriter.

“It was a success. Financially, we made money from the CDs we were selling. And fans have come out. … We see their smiles when they leave the venue,” he said.