Double Latin Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist/composer “El Twanguero” (Diego Garcia) spoke about his latest album, “Carreteras Secundarias Vol. II” (“Backroads Vol. II”) with Grammy-nominated producer and music journalist Stephen K. Peeples in a Zoom call on April 14, 2022.
Born in Spain and dubbed the “King of Spanish Twang” by Guitar Player magazine, El Twanguero is known worldwide for his rich blend of multiple music genres from traditional Spanish/European sounds to North American rock and country, and his expertise in both acoustic and electric guitars, developed along his adventurous journeys through Europe, South America, Chicago, Nashville, Austin, and California, where he is based now.
Garcia composed the album’s nine songs in the jungle on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica during the pandemic in 2020-2021, inspired by the natural sounds and wildlife surrounding him. He recorded the songs on acoustic guitar in Santa Teresa and Puerto Vieja, Costa Rica, in April and May that year.
In the interview, Garcia talks about the new album, recounts his “musical anthropology” traveling from Europe to the Americas and back over the last couple of decades, and what he learned along the way, including his singular fingerpicking technique and “twang” sound.
He also previews his return to Spain and Portugal for “Tour Ibérico” in May 2022.
Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated multi-media writer-producer and award-winning radio/record-industry veteran raised in Miami and Los Angeles by career newspaper journalists and music lovers. Based in Santa Clarita, California, he is (as of spring 2022) writing a Boyd Elder art book-biography, “Boyd Elder, Artlaw: The Greatest Artist You’ve Never Heard Of” (due from Bring Music Home Publishing in late 2022). Peeples is also co-authoring a new book with artist and pop-culture legend John Van Hamersveld commemorating the 60th anniversary in 2023-24 of Hammer’s iconic poster for Bruce Brown’s epic surf movie “The Endless Summer.” And Peeples is conspiring with Cindy Johnson and Jeri Jenkins, founders of Home At Last, the Miami-based concierge service for rock stars recording at Criteria and Bayshore Studios, on the dynamic duo’s memoir. See the “About” page on his website. More original stories and exclusive interviews are posted there and on his YouTube channel.
Article: ‘El Twanguero’ Diego Garcia Q&A with Stephen K. Peeples
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