Attendees will find out Friday and Saturday night courtesy guitarist
McGuire, 57, said his love of music came early.
"I'm going to give the answer most people my age would say, which is the Beatles," McGuire said. "Then I got interested in Simon and Garfunkel and later
"Actually, my first record ever was a 45 of
McGuire said his parent's record collection, mostly jazz and classical, proved an early influence as well.
"Actually, my first experience with classical music came from watching cartoons to be honest," McGuire said. "The old Bugs Bunny cartoons, 'Fantasia' and all that."
McGuire's brother and his friends formed a cover band, The Southern Distributor, in the late '60s, McGuire said. Their guitarist from
"Stevie was what we'd call hyper or ADD today," McGuire joked. "When the rest of the band would take a break to eat or rest Stevie still wanted to play. And I took advantage of those times to play with him. After he went off to Austin I then joined my brother's band. I would never say I replaced
"He was really fantastic," McGuire said. "Had us playing really good pieces of music, not just pop tunes arranged badly."
McGuire jokes that he failed a musical aptitude test taken between sixth and seventh grades and got stuck playing drums until Morocco heard him play guitar.
"I actually heard classical guitar for the first time when I was a freshman in high school," McGuire said. "Was just mesmerized by how beautiful it sounded and decided that's what I wanted to do. And at that point I gave up playing rock 'n' roll, folk and blues for several years."
McGuire went on to study at
Don't expect a night of stuffy high art, McGuire said.
"The show is mostly classical guitar with a few popular songs as well," McGuire said. "But classical played in a more personable manner. People have said my playing and phrasing sounds more like I'm talking to people than sitting up there performing in an academic way.
"I'm more, 'Wow! Here's something really beautiful that I'd love you to hear,' as opposed to 'Here's this piece of music that you should hear.'
"And I also love to tell stories when I'm on stage between the songs."
McGuire said he's looking forward to his first performances in
"I haven't been [to the Songbird] yet, but I've seen pictures and it looks like a really great place," McGuire said. "Some of my friends have played there and they all loved it."
"His bag is classical but he's jammed with
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