“There are some great guitar players in Tennessee like Marty Stuart…. then there’s Neil Turpin!”
The first time I ever heard Neil Turpin play was at the Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Being somewhat of a guitar player myself (and I use that term loosely!) I was amazed by his virtuosity and confidence. To say I was impressed was an understatement.
Recently I had to honor and pleasure of sitting down with Neil and getting to know him a little better through a video interview for Simply Monroe.com. The first thing that struck me was how humble he was. The next thing was just how good a guy he truly was. I sincerely enjoyed the time I spent with Neil. We talked about how his father helped him get started and encouraged him to play. The story of his first stage experience when he was eleven years young was knee slapping funny. He shared the amazing number of country music luminaries he either shared a stage with or recorded with as a session musician. The list was impressive. I did not want our conversation to end. It was that good and that comfortable.
All that being said, the icing on the cake was when Neil pulled out his vintage Martin flat-top guitar and started playing for us. It was at this point that my jaw hit the floor so hard I was sure it broke something. He was doing things just warming up that most guitar players could only dream of doing and just when I thought I had seen it all, he took things to a whole new level.
There was a point that left me speechless. His fingers were flying up and down the fretboard, never missing a note, while he was telling us a story! He never looked at his guitar. It was truly a magic moment. I knew how technically hard what he was doing but he made it look effortless. His talent is definitely a gift from God.
If you ever get the opportunity to see Neil Turpin perform, do not miss it. You would be depriving yourself of watching a genuinely good and humble man do something most mortals cannot do.
Please check out his interview at SimplyMonroe.com and experience this great guy and monster guitar player for yourself. You will not be disappointed.