|In the hallowed tradition of Chet Atkins, Shawn Persinger steps on the scene, nimble fingers flying across the strings of his acoustic guitar. Persinger (did you know Shawn Persinger is Prester John?) is a musician who makes the impossible seem effortless, who finds the grit in studied perfection.
The avant-garde and the traditional meet here in a seamless, organic explosion of tonal depth and primal sophistication. Jazz, country, rock and folk musics from around the world unite where Persinger’s hands touch his instrument, evolving into esoteric soundscapes of chunky rhythm and lighthearted melody.
This is a journey where one might pause to shake hands with Doc Watson before stealing away across the wide open countryside with Django Reinhardt. Shawn Persinger is Prester John has taken the concept of modern/primitive visual art and recreated it sonically. What is modern/primitive guitar? Unique yet firmly rooted in a rich sense of musical history. Raw yet immaculate. Dark yet playful. Shawn Persinger is Prester John is modern/primitive guitar.
Shawn Persinger is Prester John is based in New Haven, Conn.