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Guitarist Laurence Juber launches 2014 national tour and new photo memoir
First recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Laurence Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. This two-time Grammy®-winner has had a parallel and distinguished career as a studio musician, being featured on hundreds of recordings and soundtracks.
His solo playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.
Juber, a man for all seasons and genres of music, just finished a tour of shows in Germany and the Czech Republic. This spring he will tour the US showcasing his evergreen talent and debut some tunes from an upcoming CD called Fingerboard Road. He will also promote the release of Guitar With Wings (Dalton Watson Fine Books, 2014), a ‘photo memoir’ which includes hundreds of unpublished photos and memorabilia from his years as lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings.
“In-between finishing my book and touring, I’ve been fine-tuning my sound with new repertoire and re-imagining some of my ‘vintage’ pieces. My audiences can look forward to fresh takes on favorite and soon-to-be favorite tunes,” Juber said.
Juber’s spring tour will take him to a variety of venues throughout the country starting on March 29 at Denver’s Swallow Hill. In April, he will swing to the coast of California, then work his way through the midwest, culminating at New York’s The Met, with a special presentation of “The Evolution of the Acoustic Guitar” sponsored by C.F. Martin Guitar Co. Memorial Day weekend will find him as headliner at the Beatle celebration ‘Abbey Road On The River’ in Louisville KY, alongside Ambrosia, John Sebastian and The Beach Boys.
Inspired by the wave of Beatlemania that swept the UK in 1963, Laurence Juber developed a passion for the guitar and the ambition to make playing it his career.
Becoming one of London’s top studio guitarists, his playing was featured on the soundtrack of The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Cerrone, Sarah Brightman, Rosemary Clooney, Charles Aznavour, Lucio Battiste and Colin Blunstone, among many others.
In 1978, Juber was plucked from the studio world by Paul McCartney who asked him to play lead guitar in what was to become the final incarnation of Paul’s post-Beatles group Wings. Laurence recorded and toured with the band for three years, during which time they won a Grammy® and scored numerous chart hits.
When Wings folded in 1981, the guitarist relocated to the USA and settled in Los Angeles to raise a family. Since then, he has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand studio players being heard on soundtracks to such movies as Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.
Juber has gained worldwide recognition as a virtuoso concert performer, recording artist and composer. He has released over 20 albums, including LJ Plays The Beatles, which was voted one of Acoustic Guitar magazine's' all-time Top Ten.
Juber is currently recording Fingerboard Road, the follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed Under An Indigo Sky. In the studio, he most recently contributed to composer Christopher Young's score for the Chinese mega-hit movie The Monkey King and George Lopez new FX-TV comedy show Saint George.
Guitar With Wings is a 250-page career retrospective coffee-table book including a unique collection of unseen photographs, stories and memorabilia that show Paul McCartney and Wings at work and play. Published by Dalton Watson Fine Books in May 2014 more at: www.guitarwithwings.com