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Marty Willson-Piper - 10/1/1990

A rising star under the Milky Way shines in Rickenbacker country
Marty Willson-Piper started playing Rickenbackers when he was fourteen. He shared this talent with four other lads of Liverpool who have long been assured of their place in the musical heavens.

Those of us who enjoy genuine artistry and fine musicianship were treated to a performance by Marty Willson-Piper and the Church, a group who literally brought down the "Coach House" when they played a gig in Orange County, California on a previous summer's eve.

This was a performance of passion and one could not help being caught up in the flow of intense emotion generated by the easy agility of WiIlson-Piper as he massaged, caressed and energized the strings of his RIC 360/12. His great feeling for the guitar was evident and it was clear to this observer that because of this feeling, Marty Willson-Piper had crossed the line from musician to genius long ago.

This was not the coefficient of some supersonic, electrified or computerized din that so often masquerades as music in this age of -give them anything, they won't care as long as its loud - mentality. The performance Marty Willson- Piper gave was artistry pure and simple. As soon as those sweet bell tones of his RIC 360/12 hit the ear it was obvious that the guitar was in the hands of a master.

There is no better form of music than this, a fine guitar in the hands of a great musician. Or in other words Rickenbacker and Marty Willson-Piper.