California Guitar Trio

Artist of the Month | September 2019


“On tour, we play in various situations: theaters, clubs, outdoor festivals, churches, and many more.
The FanTaStick Undersaddle Pickup gives me a consistent great sound, in ANY venue. It’s simple and easy to install, requires no batteries or internal preamp. Combined with a Tonedexter preamp/DI, this is by far the best live sound I’ve had in 28 years of touring.” – Bert Lams, California Guitar Trio

“After more than 28 years of performing live with many different acoustic guitar pickups, the K&K pickup is by far the best. I use the Pure Mini and it provides a warm natural acoustic sound that works well in every kind of concert setting.” – Paul Richards, California Guitar Trio

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.

Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio’s (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they’re part of the music, not just spectators. In fact, the group’s goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second.

CGT’s 16 albums, streamed over 65 million times on Pandora, offer diverse snapshots of the group’s mercurial muse. The trio’s most recent release Komorebi showcases its acoustic side, with beautiful lush originals and innovative cover arrangements of Beatles, Beach Boys and more. The trio’s output has made a major global impact, having served as the soundtrack for Olympics coverage, and programs on CNN, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. They have fans in high places too: NASA used their music to wake the crew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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