Rodrigo y Gabriela
From adventurous originals like Tamacun to an all-acoustic guitar version of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, truly each and every song is musically impressive and interesting. The band has said that though your ears might hear flamenco, that's not what it is. More specifically, they blend "Latin harmonies and rhythms but the structure is rock," according to their bio on Jambase (a great band profile website). Their influences include salsa, classic rock, and Mexican metal. Even with just two acoustic guitars, they more than manage to play a show as rockin' as any with drums and bass.
Since this band is so one-of-a-kind and I could only think of a couple near listen-alikes, I went to our favorite music recommendation databases Tuneglue and Pandora for help figuring out what other bands RyG fans might enjoy. Here are a few:
- Strunz and Farah (They're even featured on RyG's 11:11)
- Jesse Cook
- Andreas Kapsalis Trio
- Andy McKee
- Paco de Lucía
P.S. The world needs more great female instrumental musicians like Gabriela Quintero! I know of a couple others living today—Anoushka Shankar and Paz Lenchantin (of A Perfect Circle) for example. Who inspires you?