Peppino D’Agostino is a self-taught acoustic guitar player that have been a part of the music since the late 1980’s. His musical influences include Carlos Santana and Leo Kottke and he started out as a street musician. Also, Peppino has performed in more than 26 countries and recorded several studio albums. His latest album, “Penumbra,” is a balance of two otherwise conflicting styles of guitar play, but Peppino manages to pull it off.
When I first heard about this album, I was expecting a pure guitar-filled album, but was surprised with what Peppino was about to do in “Penumbra.” Peppino kept things fresh and new with the 12 tracks on this album while showcasing his guitar playing talents. He takes you on a journey and to guitar school on “Penumbra” and he sounds like a seasoned pro while doing it. I can hear the traces of his musical influences in each song, but not fully taking the spotlight from Peppino by adding his own style to each track. If you love Santana, this is the perfect album for you and any other pop rock fans out there. For those reasons, I am giving this album a “B.”