Guitarist Woody Mann Makes Musical Traditions His Own

Apr 8, 2015

Internationally acclaimed guitarist Woody Mann doesn’t fit into neatly defined categories. He plays everything from ragtime to folk, from classical to blues, from jazz to world – and he writes his own tunes that draw on all of those influences and more. That wide ranging curiosity, coupled with stellar technique and a deep pleasure in making music, makes listening to Mann a joy.

Mann was in Milwaukee last week at the invitation of the UW-Milwaukee fingerstyle guitar program, where he taught some classes and gave a concert. But he, and his custom-built Martin guitar, managed to fit in a visit to the Lake Effect studio to speak with us and play a few tunes:

When Woody Mann is not on the road performing, he teaches at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.