Who: Russ Hewitt
Where: Dallas Metroplex area
What: Nuevo flamenco guitar
When: year of debut recording 2011
Sounds Like: Strunz & Farah meets Jesse Cook
The Nuevo Flamenco guitar scene is currently dominated by the likes of Jesse Cook, Johannes Linstead and Benise to name just a few. So what does local Texan Russ Hewitt bring to the table that makes him different to his peers? With his musical background rooted in rock, while Hewitt’s guitar work is fluid it comes across with an underlying attitude that sets him apart from his counterparts.
Russ Hewitt impressed us with his recording debut Bajo El Sol eight years ago and has been patience and particular with his steps since. Waiting three years to record his equally strong follow up Alma Vieja Hewitt avoided the sophomore slump and now it has been over 5 years for him to finally release his latest recording Cielo Nocturno. Keeping a creative streak is a difficult task for even the best of musicians and streaks are made to be broken. Clearly this is the case with Cielo Nocturno which is not of equal strength of his prior recordings but frankly exceeds all expectations from this artist that grows in his compositional capabilities.
Focusing on quality not quantity, the three recordings in 8 years is supplemented by being very active in live appearances though for the most part they are locally in the Dallas Metroplex area. Nevertheless, as his profile has raised so has the broadening of his venues most recently being in the Southern Californian area and multiple visits to the NAMM convention in Orange County, CA.
With the likes of Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Albert Collins, Texas has produced some very exceptional blues guitarists. Russ Hewitt’s body of work is so impressive that he is capable of putting Texas on the Nuevo Flamenco guitar map with his distinctive fusion of Latin and jazz themes stirred with a little underlying rock and roll attitude. Hewitt has his own party going on bringing a very unique attitude to his craft. General public you have been placed on notice!!!
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