Guitar virtuoso Arlen Roth, the “Master of the Telecaster,” who wants to establish the Guitar Hall of Fame in the village, will open this season’s Cooperstown Concert Series at 7:30 p.m.
on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Cooperstown Central School’s Sterling Auditorium.
Roth said Tuesday from his home that his performance will be largely solo, but that he will accompanied by bass player John Previti on some songs. Normally Roth plays solo or with a band so his Cooperstown show will be somewhat of a departure.
``It’s part of a new direction. Over the last few years I’ve been doing more solo performing,’’ he said. ``It gives me a lot more freedom. You become the whole band. It’s a new direction for me.’’
He plans to present what he described as an overview of American guitar styles that will run the gamut from blues to country slide to jazz and rockabilly.
Roth described himself as both a composer and interpreter of others’ music. He said he will be playing some of his originals during the concert.
The show will also feature songs from his two recent CDs of the music of Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan.
While he is known as the ``Master of the Telecaster,’’ he will be playing electric, acoustic and slide guitar. The slide guitar he will be playing is one of his own design he calls the ``Terraplane,’’ based on the look of the ‘37 Terraplane automobile he owns with inspiration from the Robert Johnson song ``Terraplane Blues.’’
``He’s really a legendary guitar player and teacher,’’ said Jeff Katz, the co-chair and treasurer of the Cooperstown Concert Series. ``I’ve never seen a guitarist as good as him and I’ve seen a lot of them.
He’s remarkable. He’s a guitar player’s guitar player.’’
Roth has an impressive list of credentials. He has backed up performers such as Simon and Garfunkel, Levon Helm, Don McLean, John Prine and Bob Dylan and was described by Vintage Guitar magazine as one of “The Top 100 Influential Guitarists of the Century.’’
He is also a leading guitar instructor and has sold more than 2.5 million instructional videos worldwide. His daily instructional lesson on gibson. com draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to website every day.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $5 for students 13 and older, students 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are available at Ellsworth and Sill, Church & Scott, and The Fly Creek General Store. Tickets are often available at the door, though some concerts sell out in advance. For tickets or more information, call 547-1812 or e-mail info@cooperstownconcertseries. org.