Sammy Gonzalez might be best-known to the rock 'n' roll crowd as Jacobs Ladder's bass player, to the classical jet set as the first chair of Miami Beach's Classical Guitar Quintet, and to bald guys everywhere as the enviable owner of an unruly curly top.
While he might not be appearing anytime soon endorsing Paul Mitchell products, Gonzalez has come a long way preaching the gospel of classical guitar to South Florida, and his reverence for the craft is inspiring, infectious, and philanthropic.
Sammy's upcoming release is a double disc of nine classical compositions on the first and a DVD of studio mixes with dancers and assorted media elements in the second. He's setting us up for a flamenco music album that should be entering the final stages of production by the time you read this.
He has also taken over Cyrus Bolooki's recording studio, The Bull Productions, and is using it in tandem with his Young Musicians Non-Profit, which aims to pick up the slack from funds cut by our nearsighted (and clearly backroom-dealing) elected officials.
While the classical guitar might get buried by rampant concerns to media darlings like that girl who can't keep her tongue in her mouth or Kanye's latest blip, it is refreshing to see such a young man take up the mantle of an established art form. It's even better when his chutzpah and gusto are so clearly evident in his playing.
Here's the video, shot by Mike Gallagher, for the first single, "Leyenda (Asturias)."