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Breakfast In the Field

Michael Hedges

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Album Review

Breakfast in the Field introduced virtuoso guitarist Michael Hedges to the new age and instrumental music community in stunning fashion. After Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman discovered the passionate yet ethereal musician, he immediately inked Hedges to a recording contract and joined him as producer for this 1981 debut. Music critics of all varieties were immediately impressed by the incredible technique and expressive musicality Hedges almost effortlessly displayed on this disc, recorded live direct to two-track. Hedges' compositional abilities alone would have been enough to mesmerize musicians and audiophiles, but his added improvisational skills put this recording way over the top both technically and artistically. From the sweet sounds of "The Unexpected Visitor" to the frenetic "Peg Leg Speed King," Hedges practically defines what would be described shortly thereafter as the new acoustic revolution with his dexterity and imagination. While Hedges' follow-up, Aerial Boundaries, is often described as the guitarist's masterpiece, Breakfast in the Field has an early career spark and meditative yet passionate conviction that can't be surpassed.

Customer Reviews

Acoustic Jesus...

This music changed the way I look at the world. It re-arranged the way musicians approach the guitar. To say this album is inspiring is a severe understatement. This is my personal favorite of his albums. While Arial Boundaries may get more attention, this album provided the root structure for later releases. A definate must for anyone.


I first started listening to Michael Hedges in 1985 - when I entered the military. Funny as it sounds, through 3 wars and many deployments his music kept me level headed as a combat medic. I would come back from my flights and get aboard another with his music. Thanks Michael - your gone but your music lives.

No other like him.. Just the best

Hedges was a hunter-gatherer of sounds. He found so much beauty in a box with strings.


Born: December 31, 1953 in Sacramento, CA

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s

One of the most innovative and acclaimed solo guitarists of his era, self-described "violent acoustic" artist Michael Hedges rose to success on the strength of a unique performing style that utilized harmonics and picking to create the impression of multiple guitars playing simultaneously. Born in Sacramento, CA, in 1953, Hedges studied classical guitar while in college, subsequently earning a degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. In 1980, he enrolled in Stanford University's...
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