Tennessee fingerstyle guitarist and composer Bill Mize appeared with the emerging acoustic guitar movement in the 1980s, and has continued to develop a style and sense of taste that influences many of today’s guitarists. Applauded by critics and guitar enthusiasts alike for his composition, tone, emotion and smoothly syncopated counterpoint, Bill is a past winner of The Winfield National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition at The Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Guitar Player Magazine has labeled this event the “U.S. Open of guitar competitions”.
Bill received a GRAMMY Award for his collaboration with storyteller David Holt on the recording Stellaluna, and has been featured on the popular guitar compilations “Windham Hill Guitar Sampler” by Windham Hill Records and “Masters of the Acoustic Guitar” by Narada Records. In 2009, Bill’s music appeared in the newest Ken Burns’ documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”. Mel Bay Productions transcribed Mize’s second CD, Tender Explorations, into a songbook, and his original compositions have been transcribed for Fingerstyle Guitar and Acoustic Guitar Magazines.
Dale Miller of Acoustic Guitar Magazine writes “…Mize’s tone is lovely and his technique is state-of-the-art. He combines form and substance to create music so sublime and accessible I was almost sighing out loud.”
Stephen Ide of Dirty Linen Magazine writes “… To call Mize guitar maestro would be understating his ability to transport listeners beyond what most guitarists can only hope to accomplish.”
Besides the Windham Hill and Narada recordings, Bill has five independent releases available, Sugarlands, Tender Explorations, Coastin’, Joyful Noise and his recently released The Angel’s Share, described by the Knox News Sentinel: “His music is all about subtlety and nuance. Listen casually and you’ll be hooked. Listen close and you’ll be wowed.”
Frequently performing with Bill is Beth Bramhall, a multi-instrumentalist on accordion. Beth’s music has been heard at the Focus Festival of New Music, in an Emmy Award Winning documentary, and in a number of live theatre, CD and television projects.
“Essential Acoustic Album – 2010” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“… An amazing touch, killer tone and a sense of taste that can’t be beat.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine