Guitar Hero(es)

Heather Hower talks the 10th anniversary of Guitar Town at Copper!

Admit it, you love to play air guitar. Sometimes, it’s just too hard to resist a riff.

Maybe it’s time to push past the air guitar and play on a real six string… with a guitar legend.

Imagine jamming with John Jorgenson or strumming with Sonny Landreth. You can make this daydream a reality at Copper Mountain’s Guitar Town August 8-10, 2014. Whether you’re into acoustic or prefer to rock out to an electric, this weekend is all about the guitar.

 “If you love playing guitar, it’s the place to be. You’re going to see all world-class guitar players here. The best part is, it’s free,” says Bob Burwell, a music agent based in Nashville and Guitar Town producer. Even if you aren’t musically inclined but love to hear some of the best guitarists in the country, it’s simply a killer festival, he says.

 This year Guitar Town is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the likes of John Jorgenson and Mark Selby – two performers who have been part of almost every event so far.

“It’s gotten more fun every year. I really love it,” says John Jorgenson, the music director who will be playing on both the acoustic and electric day. “So many people and families come back year after year. I want to give them something familiar and something that is different and surprises.

“One of the most distinctive aspects of this event is the unannounced special guests who collaborate, who don’t collaborate often. At Guitar Town, everybody wants to play together.”

And everybody gets to play together in the unique-to-Guitar Town workshops. “It’s open to everybody,” Burwell says. “We call it a workshop but it’s really like having six or eight world-class guitar players in your living room. (The workshops) have just been outrageous.

“It’s like spontaneous combustion… Musically you never know what you are going to hear, it’s unscripted and unplanned; it’s great,” Burwell says. “Saturday is acoustic day and Sunday is the electric day because you cannot mix those two together. It’s not fair if you are acoustic and have to follow an electric guy.

The only guy who can do that is Tommy Emmanuel.” Who, by the way, is playing this year. The only requirement? “You gotta like guitar. I can’t wait,” Jorgenson adds. ■


This summer’s line up:

Saturday, Acoustic Day

Tommy Emmanuel


(John Jorgenson Bluegrass


Doyle Dykes

Chris Hillman

Pete Huttlinger

Rory Hoffman

Laurence Juber

Sunday, Electric Day

John Jorgenson Electric Band

Sonny Landreth

Mark Selby

Bill Kirchen

Lee Roy Parnell

Albert Lee

Carl Verheyen

Chris Hillman

(formerly of The Byrds)


Texas guitar player,

Carolyn Wonderland.

Photo by J.L. Sadler


Find this article by Heather Hower and more in this summer's Copper Magazine, available around Summit County and the state of Colorado.

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