Don Ross Visits Huron Street, and NPR
The Guitar Virtuoso Shines Again in His New CD

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Don Ross demonstrates his unique style
Don Ross demonstrates his unique style in his latest CD, Huron Street
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July 22, 2001 -- Widely regarded as one of the best and most innovative finger-style guitarists in North America, Don Ross stretches the limits of the acoustic guitar.

A two-time U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar champion, Ross draws from a wide range of genres, from classical and rock 'n' roll to hip-hop and R&B.

"It's taken me all these years of trying to get inside the instrument to realize how many different capabilities it has," says the 40-year-old Toronto native. "I've been playing now for over 30 years and I still find new sounds. It still amazes me."

Ross recently visited NPR's Studio 4A to perform and speak with Weekend Edition Sunday's Liane Hansen.

Don Ross' Huron Street
Cover of guitarist Don Ross' latest CD, Huron Street
Photo: Narada Productions

Ross shows off his guitar virtuosity in his latest CD, Huron Street. The collection revisits 12 of his favorite songs that were previously available only on Canadian releases. Ross composed most of these tunes when he was living in a small cottage on Huron Street in downtown Toronto more than a decade ago. It was the site for a lot of creativity and a place where he started raising his family, which makes this CD something of a "best of" album, Ross says.

Another Ross trademark is his brilliant improvisational skill, which often gives his music a jazzy, spontaneous quality. In Huron Street, Ross recorded his songs live and left them unedited to highlight his improvisation -- a rarity in this era of highly-produced recordings.

This piece was produced by Ned Wharton.

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