The Anachronistic Sounds of Noah and the MegaFauna
Django Reinhardt was a Romani-French guitarist who was most active in the 1930s and '40s, played in a way that was unlike any other musician of the time. His jazzy style was born of necessity. Reinhardt lost the use of two of his fingers after injuries sustained in a fire. He could no longer play using conventional techniques.
Django has influenced a lot of musicians, including a young Texan kid named Noah Lit. Today, Lit fronts his big band Noah and the MegaFauna, whose sound takes roots in his early gravitation towards the music of the pioneering jazz guitarist. "You couldn't learn that style," he says, "because nobody that I had heard of in the whole entire state of Texas knew how to play like that."
Years later, when Lit was an adult who had been in his own band playing rock music on an electric guitar, things changed. Now, he could search video tutorials online and watch people who were deeply entrenched in Reinhardt's work. He could learn to play in the style of the legend. Lit spent a year pouring over those tutorials.