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North by South Released by Alfred Music Publishing

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Tuesday, December 18, 2012
As the official music publisher of thousands of popular artists, songwriters, and composers, Alfred releases the album-matching guitar folio for North by South. The songbook contains sheet music transcriptions of guitarist and composer Mason Williams’ music, arranged for classical guitar with a Latin perspective by legendary Brazilian classical guitar master Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

For guitarists who enjoy the music of Mason Williams, classical guitar, and Latin styles, North by South is a unique songbook and a great repertoire addition. As a fan of Williams himself, Barbosa-Lima created the North by South album as a tribute to Williams’ musical compositions. “It [Williams’ music] has a soulful honest simplicity that I love,” said Barbosa-Lima. The arrangements feature several unique tunings and all showcase Barbosa-Lina’s unique Brazilian rhythmic sensibility. A very special guitar duet arrangement of Williams’ “Classical Gas,” one of the most recorded and performed instrumentals in pop music history, is included as well as other favorites. As a bonus, the officially released CD of Barbosa-Lima's performances is also included.

Mason Williams has written 250 songs and has recorded and released seven singles, 24 albums, and two EPs. He’s also hundreds of poems and has published 16 literary/art books, five music books. Throughout his highly-successful career, Williams has garnered several award nominations and 13 award wins, including Emmy®, Grammy®, and Writers Guild Awards.

Carlos Barbosa-Lima is the most noted classically trained guitarist to bring Latin American perspective to the music of Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter, Scott Joplin, Dave Brubeck, Lennon and McCartney, and more. He has been honored and recognized by the celebrated Brazillian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim, as well as composer and conductor Leo Brouwer.

As part of Alfred’s ongoing commitment to improving the environment, this book is printed on 100% recycled paper.

North by South (00-39410) is now available for $16.99 at music retail stores and at

Titles: Chico Hot Springs * Shady Dell * Country Idyll * La Chanson de Claudine * McCall * Classical Gas.