Every winter, Charles Guy heads south for inspiration. The guitarist spends a few weeks each year in Mexico, sitting on the beach, sipping margaritas and listening to authentic Latin music.
Typically, he heads to the less touristy areas and smaller villages outside Puerto Vallarta for his R and R.
Back home in Ashland, Guy works to recreate the idyllic experience in his own acoustic originals.
Who: Charles Guy
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8
Where: The Playwright Public House, 258 A St., Ashland, and Inti Restaurant, 109 Talent Ave., Talent, respectively
In 2009, Guy released his first set of Latin and Spanish flamenco-style music on "Sakes Alive," featuring Jeffry Smith on percussion and Daniel Sperry on cello.
Before the year is out, Guy hopes to release a second, more sophisticated and intricate, set of south-of-the-border songs and instrumentals.
One of his new songs, "Las Tres Hermanas," is about three young sisters he met on a recent trip to Sayulita. Guy says the girls approached him at a cafe trying to sell him one of their colorful, handmade purses. He says they epitomized the beautiful, simple lifestyle of the area and succeeded in selling him a purse.
For the past year, Guy has been playing solo and as a duo with percussionist Michael Whipple at local wineries. The acoustic duo will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at The Playwright Public House, 258 A St., Ashland, and at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Inti Restaurant, 109 Talent Ave., Talent.
Guy, a self-taught musician, grew up in North Carolina where he played primarily bluegrass and soul, and after a stint in Los Angeles, moved to Southern Oregon in the '70s and founded contemporary pop band In Flight, as well as dance band Heart and Soul.
He says his former influences continue to appear in his music and prevent him from playing "pure flamenco."
Both of Guy's shows this week are free. For more information, call The Playwright at 541-488-9128, call Inti at 541-535-7336 or see www.charlesguymusic.com.