Pete Herzog's blues opera

Blues guitarist Pete Herzog of Trail will debut his second album, a blues opera titled "Steel Guitar," at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Headwaters Gallery, 84 Fourth St., Ashland, and Friday, July 9, at Guitar Warehouse, 1103 N. Riverside Ave., Medford.

Herzog's one-man show will spotlight about 20 of his original songs that link the story of a guitar and some of the people who have played it with a love story and a story about a search for happiness.

"The connecting element is the guitar, as it changes hands," Herzog states on his Web site. "I think about vintage instruments I have played and have wondered at their history and if all those who had played them before me had colored their sound in some way."

Herzog's style is influenced by the blues traditions of Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt, along with the folk styles of songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Greg Brown. He's also inspired by Blind Willie Johnson, a musician who combined blues with spirituals.

"Steel Guitar" will run for about an hour and 45 minutes with an intermission. Herzog's 2008 album, "Homestyle," is a collection of down-home blues highlighted by the guitarist's flat-picking and slide style.

Admission to the shows will be $5. Call 541-772-1994 to reach Tom's Guitar Warehouse; call 541-878-2683 to reach Herzog; or visit

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