First off, if you happen to be in the market for a carnivorous plant (and who isn’t, eventually?) Gage is your guy.
Gage “Flytrap” Hulsey joins us from Long Beach, California where he performs most notably with Hedgehog Swing. A longtime student of one of our own longest-serving staff members, Jeff Radaich, Gage comes by his solid GJ technique honestly. Here he puts it to work on a contemporary GJ standard, “Dream of You”
Although (as you can see) he is an accomplished lead guitarist, if all goes as planned Gage will be teaching primarily rhythm guitar at Django Camp this summer. If you have a look at our Level Guide, our highest level of rhythm classes is defined thusly:
Let’s say one of our teachers was going to be passing through your town and needed a rhythm guitarist for a serious gig with other pros. You’d be the person to get the call. Are you ready?
Sound far fetched? Not if you play as well as Gage—and Gonzalo Bergara needs a rhythm player. Gage landed this gig not just for a night, but for an entire tour.
Back in the day Gage taught guitar at Belmont Music Studio in Long Beach. On the studio’s website each teacher had a page where they could say a thing or two about themselves and their approach to teaching. I don’t know how he would express the thought these days, but I’m guessing this is still more true than not:
Guitar has led to the greatest opportunities, friends, and experiences of my life… It has taken me abroad to Europe and across America, and it has allowed me to meet some of the most genuine and beautiful people. Music has not “saved my life”, but it drastically shifted the way I see the world as well as my day to day experiences.
And here’s betting that I’ll hear much the same thing from several people at and after Django in June this year. Some of them will have had the good fortune to work with Gage Hulsey.