Corner Cafe Show: May 27, 2017
Sure, Dave Beegle plays guitar. In fact he plays guitar so well that peers such as Phil Keaggy calls him “one of the most creative and accomplished guitarists I’ve met.” Progression Magazine labeled Beegle “a guitarist’s guitar player” and HM Magazine simply called him “just phenomenal.” But Beegle is not “just” a guitarist. He is also a composer, a producer, a teacher and a musical activist remaining on the cutting edge of contemporary music. Hailing from the robust state of Colorado, Beegle makes an inspired sound that delights music fans willing to look beyond the fickle trends of pop.
Where it all began, however, was with Beegle’s electric guitar outlet, Fourth Estate. This groundbreaking power trio led the charge of progressive rock in Colorado in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. To this day, Beegle still books Fourth Estate gigs, playing with Kenny James and Matt Henderson on drums and Mike Olson on bass, and Fourth Estate’s instrumental music remains dramatic, inspiring and exotic. New and old Fourth Estate fans are currently enjoying the re-release of the band’s debut CD, “Finesse and Fury,” re-mastered by rock veteran Stevin McNamara. A new release, “Dustbuster Demos,” digs back into the group’s earliest recordings to uncover some forgotten gems. Also, Fourth Estate’s electric masterpiece, “See What I See,” featuring their most challenging work on record, has been reissued to offer fans the opportunity to hear it all.