Was it Battle of the Bands with a dash of Hip Hop or an acoustic guitar show? I’m not sure. As a long time acoustic guitarist and Guitars Unplugged supporter, I feel the need to address a slight issue with the show, that is: it’s not Guitars Unplugged anymore. Having seen the roots of the show back in the late ’90s, I feel I can safely make the assumption that BYUSA has strayed quite a ways from the intent of the performance, showcasing singer/songwriters and good old-fashioned guitar, and instead has turned it into something that, frankly, you don’t even need to have a guitar to perform in.
Does that seem odd to anyone else? Now, I’m not discounting the talent of any of these acts. In fact, I enjoyed a lot of what I heard. But, is it right to disregard the clearly-stated premise of an unplugged guitar because you feel that that type of show won’t sell you record numbers of tickets or interest the crowd enough? To that I say, have a little more faith in your audience, have a little more soul in your show, and let your bands play somewhere else. Until then, as George Harrison so eloquently put it, “my guitar gently weeps”.
Wynn H. Burton