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Looping with Arthur Lee Land

Leslie Brefeld
Special to the Daily Arthur Lee Land plays in Breckenridge Saturday.

BRECKENRIDGE – Arthur Lee Land first came to Colorado as a student. Now he’s the teacher. The singer and songwriter came to Lyons, Colo., in 2002 to study with the Planet Bluegrass Song School, a four-day educational event preceding the Folks Festival every year in August. He ended up playing on the center stage of the festival when an artist canceled, and has been asked back to teach at the school every year since, along with bookings for the festival. With the positive musical experience, he relocated from Illinois to Boulder.

Lee Land found his unique sound and style just before he was discovered during his travels to West Africa in 2001. “I got the idea to fuse acoustic, bluegrass and this funky stuff with African percussion,” he said. “When I came back, I’d already been looping for a while … and started using drums and kind of got the vision.”He would create Afrograss, and his experience with looping would make it all possible.

“The looping allowed me to be five guys for percussion, along with the bass player and guitar and keyboard,” he said.And along with what the audience hears, there is a highly visible aspect to his show, as the artist creates and adds tracks to a song in progress.Catch Arthur Lee Land on Saturday opening for Ky-Mani Marley at 3 p.m. at the Riverwalk.

Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.

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