Guitarist Brad Myrick will not be pigeon-holed or pinned down anytime soon. While known locally as a hometown guru, he is also an international authority of the axe, continuing the tradition of Al Di Meola, Eric Johnson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and many others spanning the genres. Indeed, though the music scene demands allegiance to accepted formats and functions, Myrick stands out as an unrelenting explorer.
The NH guitarist’s career history reads like the script of an independent film, which is to say, like a young man’s artistic journey. Myrick’s story features an amalgam of diverse scenes, ranging from chart-topping studio work, to high-end Italian jazz clubs, to super-sized stadium shows as a touring sideman.
Raised in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Myrick’s first adventure came with a move to Boston, where he began studies in international business and finance. In no time at all, and perhaps responding to deafening protest from his musical muse, Brad moved back to NH, and set his sights west. Myrick loaded up his car (a Honda civic with issues), found a co-pilot (without issues), and began the journey to Los Angeles.
Affable and humble, Myrick quickly learned the trade of legit West Coast guitar playing, and began performing around southern California in various projects. He played to hundreds of people a night at the Whiskey A Go-Go, Key Club and many other classic venues on the sunset strip. All the while he continued his own musical education at Los Angeles Music Academy and USC, furthering his exploration in rock, jazz, pop, funk, R&B and folk music.
Six years and countless gigs later Myrick’s muse brought him to Italy where he began work in studio production. There his arranging know-how, compositional input, and vocal talent flourished as he became a producer and first-call arranger. During this time Brad also became known as a sought-after teacher in the Italian community. Two and a half years later, he made the move back to NH where he has resided since 2011.
Mr. Myrick’s projects are wide-ranging and his fans are equally likely to enjoy him on stage at a jazz concert, fronting a rock band, leading an open mic, or playing a solo show. In keeping with his adventurous lifestyle (which brings him back to Cali and Italy frequently), any single Brad Myrick performance traverses multiple styles, as he stretches and cross-pollinates genres deftly, and often on a whim.