A while ago after posting about Hybrid Guitars I received an email from Guitar Noize reader, Australian guitarist/singer/songwriter Tarun Stevenson who asked me if I had tried the Crafter SA Series. Well I admit I had spotted one in Downtown Music in Sydney’s Inner West but hadn’t had a chance to play it so Tarun recorded an excellent and very thorough 3 part YouTube review, check it out on the left, the links to Part 2 and 3 are below.
And I wanted to share a little about Tarun also as he has been working hard for some great causes for years:
Inspired by a wide range of singer songwriters including Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Ben Harper, his music shows a great love for melody, diverse rhythms and songs that have something to say. Tarun recorded his first EP more than 10 years ago with the Brisbane heavy metal grunge band Revelation. In the mid-90s, he toured extensively with the Sydney-based funk rock band Four. And in 1998 he scored a place as a solo artist on the US music sampler, 105 best bands you've never heard.
Since 2005, Tarun has been touring throughout Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia singing and speaking everywhere from coffee houses, churches, youth groups, homeless shelters, orphanages, festivals to fundraisers and 'œ'¦anywhere else that will have me'¦'.
His first full-length album, 'œPsalms for the Broken', is packed with strong, engaging songs with special relevance to all of us who struggle at different times in our lives. 'œThe main goal of my music is to connect with people, especially at their points of pain or struggle,' Tarun says. 'œHopefully through sharing my own experiences, I can offer a message of hope.'
Tarun's long awaited second album 'œSomething Old Something New' was released on July 18th and will see Tarun hitting the road for most of 2008 '“ 2009 as he promotes the new album with a series of tours right across Australia and Asia. Dates to be announced
Part 2 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xevzmuxJZYk
Part 3 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJhtiGbg1CY