Genres:Folk, Easy Listening, Country - Classic, Country - Bluegrass, Pop - Adult Contemporary, Specialty - Soundtrack Alternatives, Specialty - Christmas/Holiday, Specialty - Americana/Western, Blues - Acoustic
Artie Traum is an award-winning songwriter and acoustic guitarist featured on over 35 albums since he began recording in 1968. "Artie has the natural, soulful touch that other guitarists only dream about," says Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. Artie Traum has been called "one of the great players of any era" and “a remarkable player and songwriter.”
Traum’s 1995 instrumental release Letters From Joubee hit #1 on the Smooth Jazz charts and held the spot for two months. His 2000 release Meetings With Remarkable Friends featured Artie’s collaborations with The Band, Bela Fleck, John Sebastian, Adrien Belew, Tony Levin and David Grisman and was considered a best release by Jazz Times. Artie’s career dates back to the 1970's when Happy and Artie Traum released their first album on Capitol Records (a deal that Bob Dylan helped set up). Over the next decades, Artie Traum performed with his brother Happy Traum, The Woodstock Mountains Revue, Pat Alger and produced/recorded with The Band, Livingston Taylor, John Sebastian, Tony Levin and many more. Artie's brand new CD (released April, 2007) Thief of Time (produced by Wendy Waldman) has been called "a modern masterpiece" by Daily Freeman writer David Malachowski. After just 3 weeks it debuted #16 on the NAV chart. Artie’s songs and compositions have appeared in movies by Glenn Close, Brian De Palma, BBC, PBS, CBS, ESPN and other venues. Artie Traum has been featured twice on NPR's All Things Considered. Several of his instructional DVDs are available through Homespun Tapes. Artie Traum has performed in concert halls and festivals around the world both as a soloist and with Happy Traum. In May 2007, Artie performed with The Bearsville Allstars (Tony Levin, Warren Bernhardt, Gary Burke) for the release of Thief of Time. His recent tours in Japan, Italy and across the US show Traum to be an entertaining artist who continues to dazzle with his awesome guitar technique and songwriting skills.
Reviews For Artie Traum’s latest Thief of Time (2007)
"Thief of Time comprises a unique and beautiful blend of traditional folk, smooth urban jazz, and delta blues - all of it brewed together by an absolute master of the craft. Artie Traum is flawless in his virtuoso interpretations of both old and new songs..."
Edward J. Renehan Jr.
writer, historian and musician
"Artie Traum's new CD Thief of Time firmly establishes him as one of the world's great musical storytellers... he just happens to also be one of the world's most gifted musicians."
Jeff Wignal WPKN (Bridgeport, CT)
"On Thief of Time Artie has gathered a group of stellar musicians to die for: bass genius Tony Levin, drum legend Gary Burke and piano wizard Warren Bernhardt. The well-credited crowd plays together like a dream; it sounds like most of this was played live, and there's magic in the air. From the composing to the performances and the fabulous tones and audiophile mix, Thief of Time is a modern masterpiece."
David Malachowski (guitarist, producer, freelance
journalist) for Daily Freeman