PERFORMANCE REVIEWS - Stan Hirsch Solo guitar/vocal

Most all these reviews are referring to solo acoustic blues shows. But, a few may be referring to other types of performance settings.  

Like Stan says "Sometimes you tend to lose track and you find the article or just the quote, - you read it - and think where and what was this referring to? Sometimes I think WOW -, are they really talking about me"!

Whenever blues fans eventually find their way to Hirsch's blues, with just the right combination of incredible technique and heartfelt feeling, they are amazed that he is not yet internationally famous. (The Country

International Bluesbeat: Spain

International Bluesbeat: Spain "...the highlight of the night was the appearance of Stan Hirsch, Albuquerque, NM -USA -based guitarist. 'Stan the Man', as the locals had quickly christened him, thrilled the crowd, and especially the other musicians, with half a dozen solo acoustic classics. This included one of the best versions of 'Crosscut Saw' that I have heard in a long time. If this is the shape of things to come, then local fans are in for a good winter." 

Terry Clear-Radio Host & Spain Blues Columnist

Blues Matters - UK (England)

"...brilliant acoustic guitar virtuoso playing, it is doubtless on another level, and the vocals are well suited to the music...a mixture of his own compositions and personal arrangements of well known classics."  

Blues Matters Magazine-U.K. - 2009

Club Rhythm and Blues Journal North (Santa Fe)

Stan Hirsch -Club Rhythm and Blues 

Appealing to blues fans and lovers of acoustic guitar in general, his sound - which manages to sound unique and familiar at the same time - falls somewhere between old-school country blues and greasy clubhouse. The result is unwaveringly tasty, in a home-fried kind of way. 

If you've never been down there, you'll know you?ve reached the right place when you see a 6-foot-plus guy with a tiny amp and a big stage presence bent over his acoustic, huge hands flying all over the neck.  

By Michael Koster -For the Journal North (Santa Fe)(2001) 

Weeks Worth:Stan Hirsch appearing this Tuesday night at Club R&B  

His guitar work is mesmerizing, and his soul-drenched vocals are unlike any your likely to hear west of the Mississippi Delta. Find out for yourself Tuesday night at Club Rhythm and Blues.  

By Michael Henningsen March 2001

Night Moves

The blues howled and wailed and sobbed at the Dingo Bar last Thursday night. Vocalist/guitarist Stan Hirsch let loose some high-energy blues. As soon as the music began, the club transformed itself, as though someone had flipped a good-time switch. "Blues is jammin' music," Hirsch said between sets. It certainly was last Thursday night. 

"Night Moves" -- Kate Bennett

Weekly Alibi

"Hirsch is a beast on the guitar, acoustic or electric, and his respect for honest, unfiltered craftsmanship runs deep. Hirsch's intimate understanding of his six-string companion is on full display."  

Weekly Alibi - July 2009  

Simon McCormack

Weeks Worth: Outside my room

Unlike Michael's room, mine has been quite lately. I've been out seeing bands play live. So, instead of having a Top 10 CD list, here are the five best shows/performances I've seen recently.  

#1 Stan Hirsch (Wammies)  

By Rachel Heisler Weekly Alibi May 2000

Show Up

Hirsch, who's known far and wide around these parts as a chameleon-like guitarist, possesses unholy talent in nearly every style imaginable. He's also won two consecutive Wammie awards in the "Best Guitarist" category, and plays like no other in town.  

Show Up  

July 2000

The Country Blues .com

Frank Matheis-Posted at The Country Blues Website 

and then there is this guy in the desert down in New Mexico! They got good blues on each side of the Mississippi, but New Mexico is not exactly known as a Mecca for our favorite genre. It?s a place more famous for Polka based Mexican Norteno and Cojunto accordion music than the blues. Hirsch embodies the universalism of this music and proves that you can find amazing blues no matter where you go. 

Stan the man, a fine blues player, will stop you dead in your tracks, mesmerize you on the spot and make you gasp or air from hyperventilating. Whenever blues fans eventually find their way to Hirsch?s blues, with just the right combination of incredible technique and heartfelt feeling, they are amazed that he is not yet internationally famous. Not to say he hasn?t gotten around. Indeed, he?s played some of the great festivals, but his profile is still not as high as it belongs. He?s one of those intimidating players that, just as you think you are getting good at the guitar, will make you walk out the gig with your head hung low, feeling unworthy to carry his guitar case. Cruel, but awesome. 

There are a lot of people playing the acoustic blues. That?s the celebration and point of this website. Among them are a chosen few fierce and fiery players that evoke direct comparison to the original masters. John Hammond, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Paul Geremia come to mind. Not because they necessarily emulate the old blues songs note for note and mimic the originals, but because they play with a combination of passion, true-grit feeling and virtuoso mastery. Hirsch is every bit as good as the best of his peers, but lesser known, and he surely should be considered as one of the best, if unsung, blues musicians in the USA.  

Even though he is an acoustic bluesman, Stan Hirsch is strongly influenced by Jimi Hendrix. He often features Hendrix in his repertoire?a sensational mix of deep roots, real true blues with Hendrix-drenched acoustic guitar mastery. How can that be wrong? Rock god Hendrix was a bluesman just the same. Yet, Hirsch will satisfy Country blues purists with his covers of the traditional blues master, which he performs with his own unique style drenched in guitar artistry.  

No matter what he plays he gets attention for his soulful virtuosity and mastery of a wide range of acoustic blues styles. Hirsch plays his blues with a funky, energetic essence and a harrowing sense of tension.If his CDs are not yet in your collection, or if you have a chance to see him, Stan Hirsch is all that! ?Frank Matheis