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Alex Maryol to jam at Bird Cage Saloon<BR>

Santa Fe reviewers credit young Alex Maryol with "uncommonly accomplished guitar playing," and "great technical ability – the guy can wail."

Twenty-year-old Alex Maryol and his band play Chicago-meets-Stevie Ray Vaughan electric blues, original songs that Maryol creates.

On a tour of the Southwest, Alex Maryol and his band are playing jammin' blues from 9 p.m. to close tonight and Saturday at The Bird Cage Saloon, 148 S. Montezuma St. (Whiskey Row.)

Band members include other talented Santa Fe musicians, such as Thomas "Blues" Uhde, Mark Clark on drums and Jose Romero on bass. Maryol takes on the vocal, teaming them up with his extraordinary guitar playing.

The band has opened for national acts such as Austin's "Jake Andrews" and "Kenny Brown," as well as headlining at the New Mexico Jazz Workshop's 1999 Madrid Blues Festival.

Maryol began playing classical guitar at age 7 after learning piano when he was 3. Soon he was into the blues, influenced he thinks by listening to tapes of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, favorites of his father.

By age 14, Maryol had begun his first of many bands, "Soul Trip."

He began writing songs when he learned his first few chords on the guitar.

"It just felt like it was the natural thing to do," he said. "I couldn't imagine not writing songs.

All the songs on his first CD, "They Call Me Lefty," released in 1999, are originals. Maryol plans on releasing a second recording soon.

Questioned on how a 20-year-old white boy from a middle-class background could sing with conviction about all those mournful blues themes, Maryol replied.

"Everybody has the blues sometime in their life. I just sing and play what's in my heart. The blues are about emotions."

For more information on Alex Maryol, access www.alexmaryol .com.

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