It's a great honor for me to be included in Textura's top ten list for EPs in 2020. The artists, writers and music critics who ultimately choose the list's entries have a tried and true method; it's "the recordings to which we repeatedly returned and which repeatedly rewarded that return." This link will take you to Textura's Top Ten in several categories.
04. Stuart Weber: Pieces of Road (Ravello Records)
Anyone charmed by Stuart Weber's 2018 album The Fifth Row will assuredly cotton as much to the guitarist's latest—even if its fourteen-minute length makes it more exquisite morsel than full-course meal. That's the only regrettable thing about it, however: its two settings, the first a lovely folk setting that oozes the kind of gentle heartache one might hear in a Mexican ballad and the other a three-part work for solo guitar, are quintessential Weber. In Anniversary Waltz, guitars, violin, and cello blend beautifully in lustrous expressions of nostalgic longing. With plaintive melodies as the foundation upon which its three parts are built, the title work engages immediately. The release is pitched as “a heartfelt, profound homage to the spirit of the American West,” and Pieces of Road certainly lives up to the billing.