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A trio of influences

Andy Stonehouse

Rumor has it that the Eric McFadden Trio’s sounds are a bastard amalgam of the Beatles, Hendrix, Tom Waits, 1930s jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and even spaghetti western composer Sergio Leone. They share the stage with Tea Leaf Green at the Half Moon Saloon today at 10 p.m.

McFadden’s assembled a tight rhythm section for his most recent eponymous outing, an ensemble that promises some musical directions as varied as McFadden’s own across-the-board sensibilities.

His theatrical guitar style (flamenco-rock, sometimes) also earned him honors as guitarist of the year in both the New Mexico Weekly and San Francisco’s Zero magazine. All the positive vibes about his fretboard chops apparently headed directly to Parliament-Funkadelic co-founder Clinton, who recruited McFadden to play with the P-Funk Allstars – and helping him join the roster that’s included P-Funk ax-men such as Ernie Isley and Eddie Hazel.

Throw that together with what have been described as “vampiric vocals” and you’ve got a player who’s far from ordinary.

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