Sir Paul McCartney’s Grammy Winner Lead Guitarist Laurence Juber to Perform at ASU-Beebe on KFFB’s Open Mic

Sir Paul McCartney’s Grammy Winner, Lead Guitarist Laurence Juber to Perform at ASU-Beebe, was on KFFB’s Open Mic heard Monday, February 17, 2020, They discussed working with Paul McCartney, being a studio musician, Merl Travis, and more

Arkansas State University-Beebe will welcome two-time Grammy winner Laurence Juber to the stage for a free lecture at 12:30 p.m. and a concert that evening at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, as part of the ASU-Beebe 2019-2020 Lecture/Concert Series program. Guitarist Laurence Juber is a solo performer, recording artist, composer, and arranger. The performance fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop, and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted presentation.

In addition, Juber’s lecture “History of the Fingerstyle Guitar” focuses on the dominant technique for fretted instruments since the mid-15th century. The technique offers a loping melody with a simultaneous descending bass line. A music graduate of London’s Goldsmith’s College, Juber was a featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970’s. First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 27 solo albums. The latest release titled Downtown is a collection of standards recorded in one five-hour session at Hollywood’s Capitol Studios.

Juber has four guitar folios in print. The latest, The Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar, was published by Hal Leonard in January 2019.

LJ Plays The Beatles album was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial. Juber’s DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for the best audio. His ‘photo memoir’ Guitar With Wings was recently published by Dalton Watson Fine Books.

As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Seal and the French chanteuse Sylvie Vartin, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.

Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game Diablo III and scored the NBC Dateline documentary Children of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning.

Seating for the ASU-Beebe show is general admission and on a first-come basis. The lecture is free admission and open to the public. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, and $5 for military, seniors, and students under 18 years of age. Tickets are available online at, or visit the Institutional Advancement office (located in the Ruth Couch Building on the Beebe campus), or at the door one hour before showtime.

ASU-Beebe’s Owen Center Theater Auditorium is located at 1102 West College Street in Beebe. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 501-882-8855. For more information about ASU-Beebe and its programs, call (501) 882-3600, or visit the ASU-Beebe website at Arkansas State University-Beebe is an operationally separate, two-year institution of the Arkansas State University System. With campuses located in Beebe, Heber Springs, Searcy, Little Rock Air Force Base, and online, ASU-Beebe offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit training for business and industry.