Ralph Towner's Guitar Journey Musician Ralph Towner performs in NPR's Studio 4A. His career spans more than 30 years, from the Paul Winter Consort to the group Oregon. Today he remains a prolific solo artist on the acoustic guitar, with a new CD: Time Line.
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Ralph Towner's Guitar Journey

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Ralph Towner's Guitar Journey

Ralph Towner's Guitar Journey

Ralph Towner's Guitar Journey

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Album Tracks

'Anniversary Song'

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'Freeze Frame'

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From NPR's Studio 4A

'Always by Your Side'

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'Oleander Etude'

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'My Man's Gone Now'

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'If'

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Musician Ralph Towner's career spans more than 30 years. In the early 1970s he played with the Paul Winter Consort and was a founding member of the group Oregon. Today he's a prolific solo artist on the acoustic guitar.

His new album, Time Line, was recorded at a monastery in the Austrian Alps. Towner was in NPR's Studio 4A recently to play some of his songs. He talks about Gershwin, living in Italy and his journey as a jazz pioneer on classical and 12-string guitars.

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Time Line
Artist
Ralph Towner
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ECM Records
Released
2006

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