A Guide to Imaginational Anthem’s 10 Volumes of Stirring American Primitive Guitar 

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“’Imaginational’ is probably in the bottom 20 percent of all words,” says Tompkins Square Records owner and Grammy nominee Josh Rosenthal, “It’s not in the parlance. But it’s on an upswing.” Rosenthal’s too modest to concede that part of the reason for that might have something to do with Imaginational Anthem, his label’s series of all-instrumental acoustic guitar compilations, which reached its 10th volume last month.

Since its launch in 2005, Imaginational Anthem has reintroduced old acoustic guitar heroes to young audiences, has birthed new ones, and has shed light on more than a few shadowy corners of history. The music on the albums encompass raga-like rhapsodies, folk- and blues-derived fingerpicking, abstract impressionism, avant-garde improv, acoustic ambient textures, and a slew of other idiosyncratic innovations on six steel strings and a hunk of wood. Moonlighting indie rockers, experimental jazzers, weathered folkies, and mysterious outsider artists all found a place at the table.