Todd’s Story

“Todd Hallawell is one of the finest guitarists I’ve heard in years. His classically trained approach to the guitar, coupled with his own flawless techniques and arrangements make listening a pleasurable experience.” – Doyle Dykes

 

Todd Hallawell has received multiple awards as a guitarist through his career including the prestigious National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas. Todd’s exceptional musical range has become well known throughout the music world and his recordings and productions have been selected for both film and theatrical presentations.

His three albums, Before My Time, From Nashville & Back and his latest project, Ear Candy, recorded with West Virginia flat-picker Robin Kessinger, have all won critical acclaim.

Hallawell is one of those musicians who feels at home with just about any style of music. This is primarily due to his broad musical exposure growing up, but also to the many hats he has worn during his musical career. Since receiving a performance degree on the classical guitar, he has worked as a music teacher, composer/arranger, recording engineer, music editor, producer, and record label owner. But it is his work with Fingerstyle Guitar that will always be remembered. Todd entertains audiences at concerts and festivals throughout the US and abroad and is a long-time performer at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) in Nashville.


When music critics and artists describe Todd’s playing, their comments seem to have a common thread:

“Todd Hallawell is an acoustic guitar entertainer who can hold me absolutely still, or have me rolling on the floor with laughter, or even break my heart a little, on occasion.  And, he can make his guitar do some very cool stuff!”– Guy van Duser/Professor of Guitar, Berklee College of Music, Boston

“…Hallawell attacks his steel-strings with the precision of John Williams and punch of Jerry Reed…an extraordinary fingerpicker” – Andy Ellis / Guitar Player Magazine

“Hallewell is a player’s player…With a seemingly effortless dexterity, he articulates notes as such, without the artifacts of effort…In short, he makes the competition sound clumsy” – Steve Klingaman /Minor 7th

“What tone … what sound … what touch.” – Jon Chappell / Frets Magazine

“…the magic of Todd’s playing is in hearing difficult riffs flow off his fretboard as fluidly as water flows downstream” – Alan Fark, Minor 7th

“Todd Hallawell’s “Cydney” and “Leola Kay” are two of the loveliest guitar melodies I’ve heard.” – Jim Ohlschmidt / Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Todd’s crisp attack and solid rhythmic groove are always there … the arrangements joyful and conversational. It’s no wonder Todd is held in such high regard by the world’s top acoustic guitar soloists.” – Mark Casstevens

“Todd Hallawell is one of the finest guitarists I’ve heard in years. His classically trained approach to the guitar, coupled with his own flawless techniques and arrangements make listening a pleasurable experience.” – Doyle Dykes

“I love Todd’s playing. He gets a great sound out of the guitar and has a real drive in his performance.” – John Knowles, CGP

“…Todd Hallawell is ebullient, full of enthusiasm and creative ideas. To hear him play is a joyous experience. He swings! Todd always has something worthwhile to say and he has the chops he needs to say it…..” – John Duarte

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