Born : Aug. 5, 1941, Auburn (Maine)
Dead : Aug. 12, 1984, Los Angeles
Accomplished guitarist who developed an unique playing style blending, country, classical, jazz and flamenco. Often in the same arragements.
In the beginning, he found inspiration in musicians like Merle Travis on traditional fingerpicking style, and Bill Evans when it came to harmonics and approach.
He has been sited to be one of the most influential guitarist by many pro guitarists both while he was alive and posthumously, and gained recognition by the likes of Chet Atkins, who he became great friends with and collaborated with in the studio.
Over time he sought to continue the development of his playing styles by using custom made 7-string guitars.
He had an long battle with drug use since the 60´s and was found drowned in his pool in Los Angeles.