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Bill White Acre About the Educator

Billy White Acre began his musical journey as a choirboy in his native Toronto. He spent his preteen years in England on a singing scholarship, learning the rudiments of piano and cello. He picked up guitar in his late teens under the mystical metal influences of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin and the smokin' Tele-kinetics of Roy Buchanan. The early records of Canadian singer/ songwriter Bruce Cockburn turned him on to open-tuned solo guitar music, leading him to Hedges, Kottke, and eventually the '80s soundscapes of Johnny Marr, Adrian Belew, and Andy Summers. "I call that style 'post-ego guitar," chuckles White Acre, who also plays a mean electric. "Even though I like getting up and blowing some chops every once in a while, I'm more of a song-oriented guitarist."