Doc Ventura began his career performing primarily as a solo, instrumental fingerstyle guitar artist. He was often compared to old school legends John Fahey and Leo Kottke. He has created four albums of this music.
Fingerstyle Guitar Recordings
Bluesy but traditional treatments of new and old carols. - BEST SELLER
"TOYLAND" has been a consitent favorite and best seller each Holiday season for over 30 years! Every year a new group of folks discover this rare gem. It is soothing yet stimulating if such a thing is possible....we'll it's not corny and boring, ok? There I said it. Intrumental Solo Guitar Album
This is my second most popular album. It is brooding, personal (sounds horrible, right?) but alternates will equally present lyrical themes. An idiosyncratic work I expect I will never do anything like again.
That said, I love it dearly as it represents my final victory over 'red light fever' wherein a musicians freezes up when recording. The 'Kenosis' refers to the paradox of god made perfection overlayed with man made imperfection. It should be possible.
For me the recording represented coming to terms with expression versus perfection. I started on my path to becoming fearless with this album.
Solo Instrumental arrangements of popular songs and carols
At one time I recorded a LOT of Christmas music. I mean a lot. I was learning to play specific a specific song, but I was really learning to arrange. I have always wanted to let people hear some of the work that surrounded the making of the original Toyland album. Well, here it is, a large collection of carols and experiments. Not weird experiments, just different.