NMM SoundBytes: Ad Vanderveen Plays His “Air Guitar”

Ad Vanderveen is a Dutchman through and through, born and raised in the Netherlands, but his Canadian side of his family that he seems to channel more oft than not. With a distinct Neil Young influence and inspiration from a variety of North American folk artists, Vanderveen is an unapologetic Americana artist… even if he’s not from America himself.

On his single “Air Guitar”, he channels Neil, Van Morrison, and Bob Dylan in a pitch-perfect folk rock tune that manages to tell a story, evoke emotion, and show off some real guitar chops. The closing track from his latest album, Candle to You, “Air guitar is one of 3 tracks accompanied by a music video and it’s quite fun one. While perhaps more a “lyric video” than a full music video, calling it a lyric video sells the visual style of the video short.

While the entire album is a blast, it’s “Air Guitar” that gets this particular rocker going most. Fans of the quieter side of folk and singer-songwriter fare need not be discouraged, though, as the album has its share of great tracks with less of a rock edge. So, after you check out the video below, head to Bandcamp and listen to the full album.

Other standout tracks: “Following the Wind” and “Over Time”

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