Watch Michael Hedges Play ‘Aerial Boundaries’

Michael Hedges performing on his guitar

On this day 20 years ago—December 2, 1997—the amazing and influential fingerstyle guitarist Michael Hedges was killed when the car he was driving veered off a cliff in Mendocino County, California.; he was 43. The accident cut short the brilliant career of one of the steel-string guitar’s most unique voices. We remember him here with a video of Hedges playing his best-known original piece, “Aerial Boundaries,” which appeared on a hit Windham Hill album of the same name in 1984.


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Blair Jackson
Blair Jackson

Blair Jackson is the author of the definitive biography Garcia: An American Life and was senior editor at Acoustic Guitar before retiring in 2023.