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Charlie Hunter Trio will kick off HopMonk Concert Series / Marin Independent Journal

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I've often thought that Marin County has more guitar players per capita than anyplace west of Nashville. So, for serious players and hobbyists alike, this column is a heads up that Charlie Hunter, one of the most inventive and innovative guitarists of his generation, is coming to Marin on Sunday, kicking off the Novato HopMonk Tavern's Cookout Concert Series. That's not to say that general music fans won't dig Hunter's incomparable brand of jazz-rock fusion just as much as guitar geeks do. After all, the 50-year-old former Bay Area star is a trailblazer on his instrument. John Fordham, writing in London's the Guardian, says he "boasts one of the most original techniques in the instrument's history."

Charlie Hunter favors a seven-string solid body model with a fan-shaped fretboard that allows him to play bass, lead and rhythm at the same time. The Charlie Hunter Trio is set for the Hopmonk Tavern in Novato CA, this Sunday August 6.

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