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Gavin Weller

Dean Jackson

Whatzup Features Writer

Published March 30, 2022

He’s been playing only about two years, but when COVID-19 handed Gavin Weller lemons, he used the quarantine downtime to make lemonade. Weller poured himself into playing and learning everything he could about the guitar and musicians, diving into books, videos, and music styles. The result? He’s built himself into budding blues performer. Family members say that ever since he picked up a guitar, there hasn’t been a moment that Weller hasn’t been all in.That has spilled over into his friends. With a few lessons from Weller, they’ve formed a band. He also plays in the Garrett High School jazz band and has been in a few “mini-concerts” following home basketball games. When pressed, he’ll admit he’s not sure exactly what earned him a 20 Under 20 spot, but he know he’s young artist and has a unique style.“I am confident in my style, and it’s heavily based on blues artists,” he said. “Not many people primarily play blues.” He says that when he gets in the mood, the soul in his music “just comes out.”It’s a style with its roots in the work of Angus Young, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the three Kings: B.B., Albert, and Freddie.“Any time I see someone playing, I’m going to watch them and see if I can do it,” he said. “To get good at it, you have to love doing it. You have to love your instrument no matter what it is to get good at it and feel like you are good at it.”


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