Artists

Aaron McLain

Aaron Mclain is a multi talented musician, singer, songwriter, producer and composer who studied at Dick Groove School of Music in Los Angeles. He is an L.A. native who has worked with some of the hottest names in the business – Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Tears for Fears singer Oleta Adams, Patti LaBelle, Terrance Trent Darby, Boys Don\’t Cry, Beto Cuevas, music director for Rebbie Jackson and currently lead guitarist for the hit pop group Air Supply, among others. Mclain has performed with artist on many TV shows including, Marc Anthony Live at Madison Garden HBO Special, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Today Show 07\’, Latin Billboard Awards 2006, Victoria Secret Fashion Awards 2003, Winter Olympics 2002, Marc Anthony CBS Special 2002, Grammy Awards 2002, Miss Universe 2002, Billboard Awards 2002, Blockbuster Awards 2000, Gloria Estefan Special, Mad TV, Rosie O\’Donell, The View, Craig Kilborn, and many more.

Just recently Aaron received a Latin Grammy for his guitar work on the 2013 Beto Cuevas Album \”Transformacion\”, which won in the \”Best Pop/Rock Album\” category. As a composer, Aaron scored the music for the film \”Convincing Clooney\”, has written spots for Fox Sports, an Oakley Sunglasses Ad, the opening theme for Beta TV, and just recently recorded an Urban Guitar & Bass Loop Set for Native Instruments, as well as many Loops Sets for P5 Audio.

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Adrian Legg

Following another stint in an Irish show band based in Dublin, Legg moved back to London and continued to gig in bands that played clubs and pubs and toured around and outside Britain. When one bandleader asked him to play acoustic guitar chords up against a microphone, he became fascinated with the notion of blending the tonality of an acoustic with the amplified power of the electric guitar.

Thus began an electro-acoustic quest that continues today to find the holy guitar grail that melds tone, technique and technology to allow him to create, perform and record the music his imagination envisions, eventually incorporating synthesizers and computerized MIDI programming to augment and enrich his one-man musicality. “I wanted something that had the harmonic content roughly like an acoustic, and that had the flexibility in terms of stringing and volume levels, whatever you wanted to do, of an electric,” he explains.

Starting to gig as a solo artist in the mid 1970s, Legg won a Guitar magazine solo acoustic competition in both the composition and performance categories, and began writing articles for that magazine and other guitar publications (and later Guitar Player in America), plus authored his first of a number of books, The All Round Gigster. He released his first of five albums in Britain in 1976. Soon after he began working for Rose Morris & Company’s musical instrument and equipment store on London’s legendary Denmark Street music business strip doing guitar repairs, quality control and manufacturer contact. That led to collaborations and consultations with numerous guitar makers and amplifier and pickup manufacturers and technicians over the years as well as guitar clinics and product demonstrations at musical instrument and equipment shows in Britain, Europe and later America and Japan. His compositions began being used by English radio and TV programs, and London’s Ballet Rambert also choreographed one of his songs as a dance piece.

With his 1990 American recording debut on Guitars & Other Cathedrals, Legg found even greater success across the pond as a regularly touring solo act, headlining and sharing bills with fellow guitarists Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Eric Johnson (whose 2005 album Bloom Legg plays on) and Joe Satriani (on both his own shows and as part of his G3 Tour package with Johnson and Steve Vai, whose Favored Nations record label released two Legg albums). Guitar Player named his records Guitar for Mortals and Mrs. Crowe’s Blue Waltz as Best Acoustic Album (1992 & ’93) and Wine, Women & Waltz as Best Overall Guitar Album (1994) in its annual readers’ polls. He has three instructional videos on the U.S. market (Beyond Acoustic Guitar, Fingerpicking & Open Tunings and How To Cheat At Guitar) as well as two books (Customizing Your Electric Guitar and a collection of his compositions in tablature and standard notation, Pickin’ and Squintin’). In addition to his commentaries for “All Things Considered,” the popular public radio news show regularly uses a number of his varied guitar interpretations of its theme music.

Throughout his career, he has earned the highest praise from the media. \”Legg is, above all, a guitarist of great power, invention and versatility,” observes the St. Petersburg Times. “Through fast-fingered picking, spontaneously layering parts and occasional ringing harmonics, he sounds like an orchestra.” Guitar Player heralds how he “combines a sublime melodic sense with a mighty right-hand groove, creating pretty music with rhythmically aggressive undercurrents,” while Acoustic Guitar notes that “the guitar is the most versatile instrument in the world, and nobody demonstrates this better than Adrian Legg.” But the Atlanta Journal-Constitution likely summed up his impact on listeners best when it exclaimed, \”Mr. Legg\’s compositions, with their narrative melodies and nakedly emotive tones, offer an antidote to the guitar-hero syndrome.”

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Al Vosper

Al Vosper hails from the beautiful city of Exeter. He has had an extremely wide range of musical influences from Big Bands, Cream, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Rolling Stones & The Beatles. In 1978 he started his professional career with the band ‘First Class’ who had a no1 hit with ‘Beach Baby’.

In 1983, Al answered an advert in the Melody Maker and joined a club band led by Phil Aldridge. He left a year later to start a world tour with the French singer Julian Clerc as a backing singer, He toured Australia, America & Europe with Freddy & The Dreamers and in 1990 joined the band London Beat (‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’). This led him to many subsequent tours & shows with Paul Young.

In August 1996, Al took a call from Phil asking him to join an Eagles show he was forming called the Beagles. Al suggested he call it “The Illegal Eagles”. Phil wisely agreed and the show was born then and there. 3 months later, Al decided to leave and pursue his career as a free-lance musician. He playing credits include Lulu, Paul Young, David Essex, David Cassidy, Joe Cocker, Beverly Knight, Paul Carrick, Sarah Brightman, Bananarama, En Vogue, Alfie Boe, Nick Mason from Pink Floyd & Mike Rutherford (with whom he recorded a version of Hotel California!) and Il Divo.

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Alex Anthony

Picking up a guitar at age 14, Alex ventured out into the world of clubs, honkytonks, and hole in the walls. Having a long family musical background, he knew the first time he strummed the strings he would pursue his love for music. Landing his first gig on the weekends playing in a music hall out of Dalton, Ga with his dad, he learned all the basics. Then soon to be joining jazz band in high school and playing for various local artists, learning the ropes of musicianship, loyalty, recording, songwriting and road life. Nashville became a dream that almost seemed out of reach after his graduation. But he kept driving and finding more and more opportunities. Persistency always succeeds and he found himself becoming close friends with local singer Kane Brown. He helped form the new band, and they set out on the journey. He is now residing in Nashville songwriting, doing session work and staying on the road with Sony Artist Kane Brown as lead guitarist

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Alexandre Cardoso

Country: Brazil Band: Solo Artist

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Andrew Oye

Andrew Oye (born May 10, 1974) is an award-winning composer from British Columbia, Canada. He has had his music featured in shows such as Transformers 3, The Superbowl, Californication, Dexter, Lost, CSI, The Office, Sons Of Anarchy, Hotel Transylvania 2, Hawaii Five O, Pretty Little Liars, and countless others. He has also collaborated with notable musicians and actors like Barry Pepper, Ryan Hoyle of Collective Soul fame, and the late great T Lavitz of Dixie Dregs fame.

Since 2006 Oye has been writing production music for various publishers in the US and Canada. He recently opened his own production library DirectComposer.Com. To date Oye has composed over 2000 pieces of music that have been used in thousands of productions throughout Canada, USA, Australia, Asia and Europe. If you watch some of the hottest shows on TV, you have likely heard the music of Andrew Oye.

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Andy G. Jones

Andy G Jones has played with Van Morrison, James Ingram, Lamont Dozier, Cliff Richard, Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor), The BBC Radio Big Band, Patti Austin, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Lalo Schifrin (Hollywood film composer – Bullitt, Mission Impossible), Hank Marvin, Grady Tate, Agnetha from ABBA, Dudley Moore, Sarah Brightman, Petula Clark, Smooth Jazz star Richard Smith, Chris Standring, Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor, King of Comedy), Katherine Jenkins and Darcey Bussell, (See the live DVD from the O2 Arena – ‘Viva LA Diva’ and the South Bank Show on the show in which Andy was heavily featured) and has toured with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since leaving Van Morrison, Andy has been in Cliff Richard’s band and played at the Queen’s Jubilee Concert which also featured Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Paul McCartney. He has just returned from Australia where he played on a live Cliff Richard DVD at the Sydney Opera House. Andy is guitarist/MD for Patti Revell and also plays in Noel McCalla\’s acoustic trio.

Role: Session guitarist
Products: Ego Compressor;Brent Mason – Hot Wired v2

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Andy Wood

Rock/fusion virtuoso Andy Wood started out on the mandolin at the very tender age of 5. Coming from a very musically oriented family in east Tennessee. His first musical love was bluegrass and he initially learned how to play the mandolin and become a proficient musician from his grandfather (Paul Birchfield) and his cousin Brian Arrowood.

This early exposure to bluegrass allowed Andy to develop his phenomenal technique and superb all-around musicianship. Constant musical activity soon had Andy participating in various bluegrass and country music competitions and winning the top prize wherever he went. At the age of 16, Andy finished second at the world championship mandolin contest in Winfield, Kansas.

Two years later, Andy took up the electric guitar. Although having played the acoustic guitar in addition to the mandolin, the electric guitar was a whole new instrument and soon he was playing along to songs that featured studio legends like Mike Landau, Dan Huff, Brent Mason, and John Jorgenson.

It wasn\’t until Andy was 20 that he started becoming aware of rock virtuosos such as Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert etc. Musically curious and open-minded, Andy took in the music and playing of these great players and started to incorporate these influences into his own developing style and sound.

At the age of 22, a mere 4 years after taking up the electric guitar, Andy entered the Guitarmeggadon national guitar competition that was sponsored by Guitar Center. Needless to say, Andy won the competition amongst a field of some 3400 contestants. Shortly after winning the contest, Andy became a founding member of the band Down From Up – a modern heavy rock outfit based in Knoxville, Tennessee . The band recently released its first album titled \’From Ashes To Empire\” and immediately went on tour to support the album opening up for 10 Years (Universal/Republic). Other credits in Andy\’s career include touring with various acts ranging from country artist Billy Dean to the Christian metal band Disciple. Andy has just released his debut solo instrumental record (A Disconcerting Amalgam) that features renowned guest artists such as Jeff Sipe, Stu Hamm, Adam Nitti, and Lester Estelle. The broad range of genres covered include fusion, rock, metal, and acoustic bluegrass.

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Ben Haggard

Ben Haggard is Merle’s youngest son and lead guitarist in Merle’s band, The Strangers. Ben began playing with the strangers at the age of 15 and continues to tour with the band at the currently age of 21. Ben ’s largest influences include Roy Nichols, Reggie Young, James Burton, Grady Martin and of course his father, Merle. Recently, Ben made his first public debut on ”Working Man’s Poet – A Tribute To Merle Haggard” where he along with other various artists released songs in honor of is father, the legends son released two songs titled ”Mama Tried” and “Sing Me Back Home” available now on iTunes!

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Bobby Vogal

Country: United States Band: Loretta Lynn

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Brian Bonds

Florida Georgia Line came out of nowhere in 2012 to become the biggest country group of the new decade. The vehicle of their success was ”Cruise” a slick, shimmering ode to the wide-open road that became an unkillable crossover hit in 2013 and, eventually, the biggest country single of all time. After ”Cruise” broke through on its own merits, reaching 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, its life was extended thanks to a remix featuring rapper Nelly. This unexpected collaboration pushed the single all the way to number four on the Hot 100, but at that point it was clear that the appeal of ”Cruise” lay in Florida Georgia Line\’s unabashedly polished pop perspective. Unlike some fellow contemporary country bros, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard didn’t swagger; they were bright, sunny, and friendly, qualities showcased on subsequent hits ”Get Your Shine On”, ”Round Here” and ”Stay”

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Brian Haner

Best known as Guitar Guy from The Jeff Dunham Show, Brian Haner is that perfect combination of skilled guitar player and stand-up comedian. Brian was part of the largest comedy tour in the world while on the road with Jeff, seen live by over 2 million people. He was also part of the Jeff Dunham Christmas Special, the highest rated show in the history of Comedy Central, seen by 20 million people. While many guitar comics simply play chords while they do their comedy act, Brian is a whole different kind of musician. Brian spent twenty-five years as a guitarist, recording and touring with musicians ranging from Avenged Sevenfold to Frank Zappa.

For the last four years he has opened for The Jeff Dunham Tour on more than 500 shows, in just about every city in America, as well as South Africa, Australia, and a tour across Europe. Brian is now headlining clubs across the country in his own rock ‘n’ roll comedy show. With over 5 million views on his YouTube page, Brian has created a rabid fanbase for his live shows.

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Brian Nutter

Brian Nutter spends most of his days on a tour bus or in a hotel room, but the multitalented singer/guitarist is based in Nashville, TN. Coming from a musical family in a small town in West Virginia, Brian’s career choice was laid out for him from birth. As we all know, guitars and engines go together like peanut butter and jelly. Growing up, Brian’s passion for music was only equaled by his love for motorcycles. When Brian is not on the road or working in the studio, he can be found enjoying and caring for his small vintage motorcycle collection. Currently on the road providing guitars/banjo/mandolin and vocals for Keith Urban’s touring band, Brian has played with such artists as Taylor Swift, Lonestar, Hot Apple Pie, and many others.

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Bull Funk Zoo

“Assaad Lakkis a.k.a. Bull Funk Zoo

Imagine a big bad bull rocking out, wildly stomping the blues into rubble. Hendrix having a drink with Tom Waits and Rage Against The Machine decided to tear it up! The birth of Bull Funk Zoo has made a strong impact in the Dubai music scene, playing shows in virtually every venue and festival across the country. Touring internationally, Bull Fuck Zoo opened for Sting in March 2013 playing his original album material to an incredible audience of 10,000 people. Also supporting internationally renowned Timbaland, Sade, Habib Koite, Stanley Jordan, Courtney Pine and gaining sponsorship from Red Bull and Wampler.

Currently touring the region and working on album number 3, Assaad know as ‘Bull Funk Zoo’‚ is considered one of the hardest working musicians/producers in the UAE, achieving best act nomination at the Time Out and Hype awards.¬’Bull Funk Zoo’ released the new album ‘Dangerous Radio’ (in September 2016) which Assaad composed, performed, engineered and produce in its entirety, along with accompanying music videos. The album has been receiving excellent reviews in the UK/European publications with 4 stars out of 5.

Bull Funk Zoo’s debut, self titled album, got the highest rating of 4 stars for an unsigned band in Rolling Stone Middle East and was a best seller in Virgin Megastores in the UAE. The album entered into the IMA Awards USA, with the song ‘Oblivion’ reaching the semi finals.

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Carl Verheyen

In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite , first call session players for the past 25 years

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Carlos Morgado

Carlos Morgado is a guitarist, producer, composer and experienced teacher. Over the last 15 years he has worked with numerous internationally recognized artists such as Luis Fonsi, Laura Pausini, Sergio Dalma, Miguel Bosé, David Summers, Bustamante, Edurne, Mitch Malloy, among others.

He has taught in some of the most acclaimed music schools of Spain and currently continues his musical activity in London where he has launched his own online guitar school named Masguitarra.

He has been praised by guitarists of the likes of Michael Thompson, Andy Timmons, Irwin Thomas and Pete Lesperance, just to name a few. He is endorsed by James Tyler Guitars, Wampler Pedals, Jam Pedals, Dr Z Amps, Alhambra Guitars, Music Man, Ernie Ball, Marshall, Jim Dunlop, IK Multimedia, Glab, Mercuriall Audio Software, Positive Grid, Guitar Pro and Hawk Picks.

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Chad Laniewski

Chad Laniewski is a guitarist, TV and Film composer and producer. Chad has been a musician since the age of eight and has played with various bands throughout the years. With his passion for instrumental music Chad decided it was time to focus on his instrumental guitar music. In 2011 – 2012 Chad joined Grammy award winning guitarist / composer Steve Vai\’s label Digital Nations – Favored Nations Entertainment. After the freshman release of the album ”ELEVATED” Digital Nations Entertainment was shut down. A year later in 2013 with the sophomore release of the EP ”CATTLE HERD SHUFFLE” released through Media Music Composers, a company that Chad implemented. It was an experimental album with new sounds and musical ideas. During the making of ”CATTLE HERD SHUFFLE” music for TV and Film had become of an interest. Shortly after the album, composing music for TV, Film and media had become a passion. Instrumental guitar music is still a passion alongside of his musical compositions for TV and Film. Chad works as an independent composer for TV, Film, Advertising, and all media. He is also a contract composer for Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon from the band ”WARRANT” and their company Down Boys Music / Records. Chad\’s music has been placed with TV shows on Animal Planet, A & E, Discovery Channel, Independent films, podcasts and more.

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Charlie Starr

”I think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we\’re about,” Blackberry Smoke singer-guitarist-songwriter Charlie Starr says of Holding All the Roses, the band’s fourth studio album and its first Rounder release. Indeed, Holding All the Roses compellingly captures the energy, attitude and honesty that have already helped to make Blackberry Smoke one of America’s hottest live rock ’n’ roll outfits, as well as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base that reflects the band\’s tireless touring regimen and staunch blue-collar work ethic.

The 12-song set—produced by Brendan O\’Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—showcases the Atlanta-based quintet\’s emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Starr\’s raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson\’s snarling guitars, Brandon Still\’s hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner. The songs\’ musical and emotional appeal is further elevated by the band\’s three-part vocal harmonies and expanded arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion.

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Chris Leuzinger

“I’ve been blessed to play in the recording studios in Nashville for over 35 years and I’m very grateful to still be doing it. I’ve had the opportunity to record with some very talented artists, producers, songwriters and engineers. I am probably best known for playing electric guitar on all of Garth Brooks records and CDs ever since the very beginning of his career. Here are some of the other artists that I’ve made some great music with:

Richie Furay / Hal Ketchum / Randy Travis / George Strait / George Jones / Emmy Lou Harris / Elton John (Tammy Wynette tribute CD) / Leon Russell / Kathy Mattea / Montgomery Gentry / Alabama / Julio Iglesias / Seals and Crofts / Eddie Rabbitt / Crystal Gayle / Jack Clement / Kenny Rogers / Dolly Parton / Michael Martin Murphey / Riders In The Sky / Dan Seals

I’ve also had a great time playing some wonderful live music. Besides the artists I worked with on the road I’ve done special shows for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Musicians Hall of Fame, BMI, ASCAP and many TV shows where I got to play with some of my personal guitar heroes as well as many artists I grew up listening to and admiring. Here’s some of the artists I had the honor to back up:

BB King / Billy Gibbons / Richie Sambora / Steve Lukather / Joe Bonamassa / Duane Eddy / Dick Dale / Ernie Isley / Dave Mason / Duke Robillard / Vernon Reid / Susan Tedeschi / Chaka Khan / Neil Diamond / Kris Kristofferson / Chrissie Hynde / Rick Derringer / Ronald Isley / Anita Baker / Sissy Houston / Greg Rolie and Michael Carabello (Santana) / Gary Puckett / Al Jardine (Beach Boys) / George Strait / Ronnie Dunn / Slash”

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Chris Loocke

Chris Loocke (pronounced Lock) is a Nashville based guitarist who graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with degrees in Music Business/Management and Guitar Performance. Since moving to Nashville, he has been booked solid on the road and in the studio and has played with:

Chase Rice (Columbia Records), Jana Kramer (Warner Music), Josh Gracin (American Idol, #1 hit “Nothing to Lose”), Grammy nominated The Nappy Roots (#1 hit Po’ Folks, Aw Naw), Love & Theft (RCA #1 hit “Angel Eyes”), Brazilian jazz legend Rosa Passos (Sony Records), Kristy Lee Cook (Arista Records, American Idol), Aaron Kelly (American Idol), James Wesley (Broken Bow). Also, Chris is collaborating on a project called “Paper” with Mike Marsh, drummer from the band Dashboard Confessional/Avett Brothers, and Ed Toth from the Doobie Brothers. He has also played with a long list of other talented musical groups in a wide variety of genres.

Additionally, Chris has recorded guitar on major musical theater productions by Ted Swindley, Parrish Stanton and a host of others. These productions have been featured nationally, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Chris has also been featured in major music videos (Arista records, Sony) on MTV Networks, Country Music Television and Great American Country. He has performed live on shows such as the NASCAR Awards, ACM Awards, Good Morning America, The Today Show, GAC live, Dance Moms and more.

Chris has co-written songs with The Nappy Roots, Josh Gracin, writers from Sony, and Universal Motown and many other talented songwriters. His music has been featured on The Voice, Late Night with Trevor Noah, CMT, and other major tv shows. Chris’ undeniable talent and passion for music continues to take him to new heights as a writer, session player and touring musician.

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Daniel Martin

“At only 25 years old Daniel Martin has become one of the go to guitarist’s in the UK. He\’s played lead guitar with some of the biggest artists of the 1960’s. From 2010 to 2015 he played lead guitar with 60’s icon Dave Berry. 2012 saw him play lead guitar for the legendary Bruce Welch and his Shadows as well as ‘Are you Being Served’ actor Mike Berry who had numerous hits in the 60\’s as well as making the top 10 with Sunshine Of your Smile in 1980. In 2014 he toured with Country Star Jerry Kilgore and Nashville artist Kinsey Rose.

Daniel relocated to Ireland in 2015 to play lead guitar for Irish country star Lisa McHugh you can hear him on on Thinking Out Loud from her Wildfire album which was recorded at Windmill Studios in Dublin, you can also see him playing rhythm guitar with Irelands biggest star Nathan Carter on his new DVD, “Live at The Marquee”. During this time he became in demand as a session player regularly appearing on the country charts in Ireland and the UK.

2016 saw him play for Grand Ole Opry member Larry Gatlin and rising star Mo Pitney as well as a host of Irish Country singers as part of the band on Irish TV‚ Irish Country Music Awards.

When not backing other artist\’s he can be seen with his own ‘Daniel Martin Band’ around the UK and Europe.

You can put the Wampler pedals into any amplifier and create the sound in your head”

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Danny Groah

Long time touring guitarist for Alan Jackson.

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Dario Cortese

“Dario Cortese is an Italian guitarist, teacher and songwriter who relocated to West London in 2005. He’s recorded albums, TV commercials and demos for many artists, some famous, some not yet! He’s recorded for Melanie C (Spice Girls), Hayley Westenra, Anna Leddra Chapman, and many others.

During his career he’s had the pleasure to work with some of the finest musicians all over the world, including Larry Carlton, Brent Mason, Albert Lee, Brett Garsed, Bruce Bouton and many others. As a live performer he has played alongside world-class artists on TV and Radio shows as well as in some of the best venues and festivals in Europe. As a guitar teacher he has more than 20 years of experience teaching in some of the most prestigious private schools and Universities in Europe. He’s headlined numerous master classes and courses for various organizations including International Guitar Foundation (IGF) and South West Music School (SWMS)”

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Dario La Magna

“Dario is a self-taught guitarist who began playing in December 1998.

During this study time, he participated in a workshop by Andy Timmons, then continue to study deep in to the theoretical side of music

Dario has played with various groups in recent years, in 2006 with “Faraday’s Cage” and won the award for best guitarist of Basilicata and Puglia in the “Tour Music Fest.”

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Dave Baker

“Baker’s slinky fusillades are thrilling, and his tone and technique are righteous.” – Guitar Player Magazine

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Dave Brons

“Music that will transport you into the movie in your minds eye”, is how Dave describes his work. Others have described it as \”Star Wars crossed with Van Halen\”.

Dave\’s is known for his compositions, which combine beautiful orchestration and piano with virtuosic guitar playing. He has toured and recorded with Dave Bainbridge (IONA) and Paul Bielatowicz (Carl Palmer Band).

Dave has a podcast about composition called the “BronsCast” and is a regular co-presenter on The Guitar Hour show with Fusion supremo Tom Quayle.

Dave\’s composition “Star” propelled him into the top 10 in Guitar Idol 2014, the worlds biggest guitar contest. Dave\’s fanbase has been growing steadily since. He successfully crowd-funded his debut album Indiegogo with preorders totalling £6000 / $9000. The album “Based on a true story” was released in June 2015 and can be heard at DaveBrons.com

“…Rarely does does guitar fuelled instrumental rock music succeed in appealing to both musicians and non muscians alike. Dave’s music sounds like a cross between Star Wars and Van Halen.” Richard Davenport KXZR.FM Dallas USA

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Dave Leslie

Dave Leslie is a professional guitar player/songwriter who currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.

He first picked up a guitar in 1973 and has been learning ever since.

Inspired by watching TV programs such as GTK, Bandstand, Super-Flying Fun Show, Nightmoves, Rock Arena, Sounds & Countdown, Dave has made it his life’s work to play guitar and explore all facets of music creation.

Dave has toured the world several times, has met and jammed with a lot of his childhood heroes and has had many “rock ‘n’ roll dreams” come true.

The recipient of three ARIA Awards and numerous nominations, Dave continues to write, play and record with Baby Animals and many others, and still finds playing small, sweaty venues as satisfying and exciting as playing the “big gigs”.

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Dave Weiner

“Guitarist, engineer, producer and four-time Grammy nominee, Dave Weiner, has been playing guitar and writing music for nearly 3 decades.

Starting at age 10, within 3 years, Dave had an original band and released a full-length record; another one at age 16. After high school, Dave went to college where his cover band played countless gigs and upon graduating (with an Accounting degree!), he moved to Hollywood to attend Musician’s Institute: Guitar Institute of Technology.

While at school, Dave interned for Vai’s manager. Through this work, Dave met Vai and eventually Steve heard a demo Dave had recorded and, impressed, invited him to join his band. That was 1999. all these years later and multiple world tours, multiple live dvd and cd releases, Dave is still Steve’s go-to guitarist.

Dave’s latest project, Monument Shine, are fast rising and well worth checking out!!!

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David Levita

Guitarist David Levita grew up in Harlem, NYC, attended Berklee College of Music for one year, played calypso and reggae in Barbados, busked on the streets of London, finally wound up in Los Angeles and began working as a session and tour player. He has a pedal addiction and a predilection for guitar playing. His album credits include work for artists like Alanis Morissette, Rod Stewart, Faith Hill, Eminem, Sarah Bareilles, and Tim McGraw; and he has played on film scores for Tropic Thunder, Marley and Me, The Three Stooges, and many more.

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Derek Williams

“Being born into poverty with no money for music lessons or equipment, having no family ties in the music industry to help me, and struggling with drug abuse haven‚Äôt stopped me from rising above my situation and making a career for myself in the most competitive music market in the world.

I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. My parents were blue-collar folks that worked hard to provide for my 3 brothers and me. My mom played bass in a rock band in Nashville when I was a baby. I still remember them jamming in the basement in our Antioch home.

When I was 10, my parents were able to buy my first guitar for me – a mid 1980\’s Washburn with cracked earth graphics, dual active humbucker pickups, and a Floyd Rose whammy system. I was in heaven.¬†At that point, we were way too poor to afford guitar lessons, but my mom scraped together enough money for one month of sessions. I took them as seriously as a beggar would guard meager scraps of bread. At my first lessons, I learned the 12-bar blues, basic chords and some finger exercises.

When I was on my own, I began to fiercely learn everything I could in our family record collection. The first song I learned was \Smoke on the Water\”” by Deep Purple. My first big influences were Led Zeppelin”

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Deric Brown

Country: Australia Band: Jesse Brown

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Dory Lobel

Dory Lobel is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer and producer. He has toured, performed and recorded with multi-platinum selling artists including The Backstreet Boys

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Drew Richards

Country: United Kingdom Band: Die So Fluid Website

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Drew Taubenfeld

Country: United States Band: Solo Artist Website

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Dustie Waring

Country: United States Band: Between The Buried And Me Website

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Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa (born Ian Donald Calvin Euclid Zappa; September 5, 1969) is an American rock guitarist and occasional actor. He is the son of musical composer and performer Frank Zappa. Exposed to the music industry from an early age, Dweezil developed a strong affinity for playing the guitar and producing music. Able to learn directly from world-class guitarists such as Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen, Dweezil quickly developed into a musical star in his own right, releasing his first single (produced by Eddie Van Halen) at the age of 12.

In addition to writing and recording his own music, Dweezil has carried on the legacy of his father\’s music by touring with the group Zappa Plays Zappa. The band features renditions of Zappa\’s original material and the lineup has often included Zappa alumni such as Napoleon Murphy Brock, Steve Vai, Terry Bozzio and others.

Role: Session Guitarist / Solo Artist
Products: Velvet Fuzz;Tom Quayle – Dual Fusion

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Eddie Perez

“Edward Perez (born June 26, 1968 in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist and singer. He currently tours and records with The Mavericks after a long time of being on tour with Dwight Yoakam. Perez joined the Grammy award-winning, multi-platinum band The Mavericks as a member in 2003.[1] He has also played with other notable artists such as James Intveld, Connie Smith, Jim Lauderdale, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Allan and Kim Richey. In addition to his work with The Mavericks, he has worked with Mavericks\’ lead singer, Raul Malo, on his solo projects, including the Peter Asher-produced record, You\’re Only Lonely.

He can be seen on the DVDs The Mavericks – Live in Austin, Texas, as well as the DVD Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons. He also appears in CMT\’s 100 Greatest Love Songs and CMT\’s 100 Greatest Duets.”

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Fernando Pareta

Fernando Pareta is and Argentinian guitarist and singer with great national an international projection.

He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He grew up in direct contact with music, listening to his grandfather´s bandoneon, first bandoneon of Horacio Salgan´s orchestra.

At¬† 9 years old started to study guitar, when he was 17 with his band ‚ÄúFernando Pareta Trio‚Äù began live shows with his own compositions and guitar classics in important places in Buenos Aires like ‚ÄúLa Trastienda‚Äù, \Hard Rock Caf√©\”

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Forrest Lee Jr.

Country: United States Band: Solo Artist

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Frank Steffen Mueller

“Frank Steffen Mueller was born in 1962 in Stuttgart, Germany. At the age of 13 he got his first guitar and from this moment on, he started playing, inspired by the music of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Genesis.Music became his passion!

After three years of self-tuition he had his first gigs with a number of local bands. When he was 18, Frank took lessons from Stephan Malek (classical guitar), Frank Sikora (jazz guitar and theory) and Wolfgang Thierfeld (rhythm).

A few years later, he started studying music at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, NL, with brilliant teachers like Wim Overgaauw and John Butler. Frank attended workshops with famous musicians such as Pat Metheny, Steve Coleman, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Lee Konitz, Doug Raney, John Petrucci, Jim Hall, Andy Timmons, Jack de Johnette and many more followed.

He made many interesting experiences while performing with different bands and musicians. In 1987 he formed the Frank Steffen Mueller Quartet, which was very successful at that time. The Quartet was finalist of the European Jazz Contest in Brussels in 1989. He also took part at international jazz festivals

(Paris, Prague…) and the opening ceremony of the Athletics EM in 1986.Frank performed in different TV shows and worked on a number of CD productions with various artists.

Frederic Rabold Crew, Peter Herbolzheimer, Paul Rekow, Oliver Leue, Dirik Schilgen, Iris Loem, Ingo Senst, Peter Schönfeld, Stephan Schuchardt, Regina Büchner, Klaus Warstat, Thomas Grollmus, Ralf Dürrwächter, Die Grafen, Marc Fisher, Metropol Orchestra, Franzl Lang, Dani Moradi, Metropolis Acoustic Duo, Michael Schad, Sean O´Brian Smith, Sidney Barnes, Ty Copeman, Hellmut Wolf and Wolf Entertainment Chris Fahey and Gravity picks, Peter Wolf and Joe Knaggs and Knaggs Guitars….….they all became very important companions and friends during his colourful life as a guitar player.

Frank loves playing and composing all styles/genres of music such as Rock, Metal, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Acoustic, Flamenco…Today Frank Steffen Mueller lives and works as a guitar teacher and guitarist/musician/composer near Stuttgart, Germany.”

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Fred Brum

Fred Brum was studying to be a classical pianist when he was 15, and listened to Zakk Wylde for the first time. Months later, obsessing about getting those raw, visceral sounds out of a guitar himself, he picked up his first guitar, not knowing he’d be setting foot on a stage professionally one short year after and working as hired gun for many artists by the time he was 19.A very busy session musician , he favours 7-strings and other extended range guitars, such as 8-strings and 36-fret monsters to perform his work and has developed his style and approach around such instruments. Currently, he’s endorsed by Caparison Guitars, Bare Knuckle pickups, Laney Amplification, Randall Amplification, Matrix Guitar Amplification, Wampler pedals, AMT Electronics, Sik Pik / Hufschmid picks and Hesu cables.Fred is busy promoting his second solo album “Transcendence” (a follow up to 2011′s “Atonement”), amidst a heavy gigging and teaching schedule, and has been the lead guitarist for, among others, prog/goth metal band Ethereal.

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Gary Hooker

Country: United States Band: Brad Paisley Website

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Giacomo Pasquali

“Giacomo Pasquali is born on 27 Giugno 1989 in Popoli (PE). After 2 years of classical piano starts studying guitar, at the age of 13.

In 2005 he join the ‚ÄúContemporary Music Academy‚Äù of Gianfranco Continenza where he graduate in Modern Guitar in 2009 with 30/30. In 2010 he begins to collaborate with MusicOff (the Italian biggest musician\’s community) as teacher, video reviewer, lessons, etc. In the same period, he starts to endorse some brands playing in exhibition, demo, clinics, ecc.

In 2011 he attend the Conservatory “A. Casella” of L’Aquila in “Regia e Tecnologia del Suono” and in 2012 in graduate in “Recording and Mix”. He start to collaborate with Patrizio Maria D’Artista (composer), going in tour with Ernesto Ghezzi (Eros Ramazzotti, Max Pezzali, Gotthard), Zita Petho (Zucchero), Fabio Colella (Simona Molinari, Neil Zaza) and being the guitarist for some theatre soundtracks (also the famous “Kramer contro Kramer“, with Daniele Pecci and Patrick Rossi Gastaldi on direction).

In 2013 he create his TouchClay Studio, recording studio and production factory creating also and independent label, TouchClay Records. He plays for Mezzabarba Custom Amplification in a date of a demo-clinic tour with Giacomo Castellano (Elisa, Noemi, We Will Rock You, Racer Caf√®) and Carlo Fimiani (Gino Paoli, Tullio De Piscopo, Michele Zarrillo). In parallel he brings on his band (Borghese) that has 37 shows in the last year playing with some top Italian band all over Italy (Velvet, Linea77, NoBraino, Luci della Centrale Elettrica, Giorgio Baldi of Max Gazz√®, Nad√†r Solo), and was published on all the major italian newspapers (La (La Repubblica, L\’Espresso, Il Fatto Quodiano, Raro, Corriere della Sera, Rockit, ecc). As session player he played on 15 records in the last 18 months, being involved in Pop, Rock, Indie, Funk e Electronic Music.

He is also Endorser for Masotti Guitar Devices, Mezzabarba Custom Amplification, Eko, APS Guitars, Bare Knuckle Pickups, Reference Laboratory, Wampler Pedals, Hipshot, Kor Pedals, EssetiPicks.”

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Gordy Deems

Country: United States Band: Solo Artist Website

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Greg Foresman

“Chautauqua is the 5th studio recording from Greg Foresman. The music in this collection continues Greg’s penchant for drawing on different musical styles to deliver one unique sound. Rock, Blues, Folk and maybe for the first time a little bit of a Country influence is heard.Commenting on his latest project, Greg said, all in all though, I think this is my most focused sounding record.

Greg was born in 1960 in Louisville, Kentucky, and by his early teens was consumed with playing the guitar and finding like-minded people to jam and form groups with. Playing at back yard parties and school dances by the time he was 14 and moving into nightclubs at 16, Greg started his life on the road at 18 years old fresh out of Central High School.

For the next 10 years, Greg’s musical career was relegated to playing mostly cover music in clubs throughout the Southwestern and Midwestern states; although with the help of his trusty Porta-Studio, he was always writing songs and working on ways of getting the songs down on tape properly. This period was highlighted by The Hammerheads, a hard-rocking, Southern funk group that tore up the I-65 circuit from 1988 to 1992. The Hammerheads released a self-titled Live CD in 1992.

After the break-up of The Hammerheads, Greg soon became an in-demand touring guitarist in Nashville, Tennessee (where he moved in 1988). He also began The Greg Foresman Band in 1993. This grand experiment as it’s now considered, pushed Greg to the center stage spotlight, a place on the stage where to say he wasn’t extremely comfortable would be an understatement.”

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Greg Simpson

Country: United States Band: SHeDAISY

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Greg Wurth

“Greg Wurth is a Grammy Nominated, Gold & Platinum award winning producer, working as Manager and Chief Engineer at L.A.s Mothership Studio and Patigonia Studio. His credits range from Steve Vai and Tony MacAlpine to Tracii Guns to Jim Florentine & Don Jamieson, 2Cellos and Mary J Blige. He has been Steve Vai’s Engineer for 10 years. A lot of his time is spent in the ‘Harmony Hut’ studio in Encino, CA where they currently do all of Vai’s projects.

“I grew up in southern San Diego. My parents were big fans of music and introduced me to The Beatles and Led Zeppelin early on. I used to collect cassettes & CD’s in the early 90’s and eventually I became interested enough to play an instrument, so I bought a guitar. I took lessons for a few years and had some bands but I realized that it wasn’t a natural thing for me. I eventually figured out that I was meant to Produce and Engineer music.”

\I think I have everything that you guys make… I\’m so thankful for that. Everybody who comes in the studio is so stoked to have such a variety of pedals to play with. When I open up my pedal drawer I just grab whatever Wampler is closest.\””“””

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Hannah Findlay

Country: Australia Band: Stonefield Website

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HeXx Henderson

“HeXx Henderson‚Äôs musical influences include rock guitar heros like Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck, The Ventures, and Lonny Mack. Great Lap Steel Guitar players like Leon McAuliffe, Santo and Johnny, Buddy Emmons, Alvino Rey, and Little Roy Wiggins, pioneering lap steel Blues players Hop Wilson and Freddy Roulette, and jazz organ great Jimmy Smith also had a big impact on HeXx.

Through his study of Rock, Blues, and Country\’s greatest masters, and by playing with diverse musicians of the highest caliber, HeXx doggedly earned the profound knowledge of music which enables him to weave many influences and styles together to form a very distinctive new sound.¬† Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country, and Hawaiian music, with threads of Gospel, Pop, Surf, Heavy Metal, and Funk, all color the final, masterful design.

HeXx Henderson got his musical start playing the snare drum, then the trombone.  At the age of thirteen, HeXx received his first lap steel guitar as a Christmas present from his parents.  His intense love of music also motivated him to learn electric bass, stand up bass, and pedal steel guitar.

Avid in school music classes, bands, and competitions, music was HeXx’s true focus from a very young age.  One music teacher, Mr. Humphries, steered HeXx towards his future career by promising to teach HeXx how to play the bass guitar if he could get one.

HeXx begged his parents for a new bass, which they bought. The thing is, Mr. Humphries did not actually even know how to play the bass. He just had a spot in the band that he was determined to fill. Once Mr. Humphries admitted the deception to his student, HeXx was afraid to tell his dad that his favorite shiny new red P bass had been a wasteful expense. So, HeXx just buckled down and learned to play bass on his own, never letting on to his father.

Another tremendous influence was Jim Booth, who was at one time married to HeXx’s sister. Jim was a professional musician, playing upscale gigs at swank weddings, hotels, and nightclubs, reminiscent of Murph and the Magictones in the Blues Brothers movie.¬† HeXx dreamed of the day when he could play plush gigs dressed in a dapper powder blue tux, just like Jim.¬† At the time, he never envisioned that he would eventually play gigantic concert venues with nationally known acts, much less front his own band.

HeXx began playing the pedal steel professionally in local night clubs when he was only fifteen years old.¬† Within the year, he was touring with Bonnie Nelson, a Country Western star signed to United Artist Records who had impressive endorsements with International Harvester, Tony Lama Boots, and Frederick\’s of Hollywood.¬† This led to being asked to join Country music icon Faron Young‚Äôs band.

Around 1980, taste in country music shifted, and pedal steel guitar fell out of favor to be replaced by keyboards. By fortunate chance, HeXx met bass recording legend Carol Kay (a key studio musician in Phil Spector\’s¬†Wall of Sound) and they became dear friends.¬† Carol took HeXx under her wing, giving him lessons in bass and music theory.

HeXx began an extremely diverse bass career, playing with notable artists in varied Rock and Pop genres, such as The Drifters, The Marvelettes, Wayne Newton. Doug Sahm, Tommy Taylor of the Eric Johnson Band, and Uncle John Turner of the Johnny Winter Band.  HeXx also forayed into many other types of music, including a stint playing Heavy Metal with Phil Lewis of LA Guns.  To round out his musical pedigree, HeXx also toured with Progressive Country Music star Alvin Crowe and Country Music’s greatest rebel, David Allen Coe.

In 2006, HeXx started thinking about forming his own band. Fellow musicians who were impressed with the way HeXx played urged him to start a band featuring his mind blowing lap steel prowess.  This sparked an incredible new obsession, fronting a bluesy rock and roll band where, rather than guitar, the lap steel would act as the driving force.

HeXx determined that his band must engage hard core guitar enthusiasts, but it must also have a very broad appeal.¬† He wants to connect with fans of every genre of music.¬† Featured predominantly in Country and Hawaiian music, the lap steel has very rarely been heard in Rock and Roll.¬† The fact that he has been able to grab the attention of guitar fanatics as well as average music fans is a feat in itself.¬† HeXx\’s music encompass the myriad of musical styles which inspire him, it reflects the virtuosity of all the great musicians who have influenced him through the years, and most definitely, HeXx rocks.”

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Jack Gardiner

Jack Gardiner is a 25 year old professional guitarist/teacher/musician born and raised in Liverpool, England. Coming from the city most famous for The Beatles, music has been a part of Jack’s life from very early on. His father (Roger Gardiner) has played the bass guitar for over 40 years. When Jack was a child, his father was watching a Dweezil Zappa VHS one night, with special guest Steve Vai on guitar. It was at that point, Jack said to his father ‘I want to be a guitarist like him!’.

At the age of 9, Jack started to take Classical Guitar lessons in school and at the age of 11, he took an interest in the Electric Guitar, studying for a year with Guitar Virtuoso John Wheatcroft (Guitar X, Guitar Techniques magazine). He performed his first few performances and gigs around the same time.
It wasn’t until Jack reached the age of 15 that he started to take the guitar seriously. After finding a number of highly talented musicians through YouTube, Jack found huge inspiration in the playing of guitarists such as Tom Quayle, Rick Graham, Guthrie Govan, Martin Miller and Marco Sfogli. Jack began taking lessons from Tom Quayle soon after, which shaped his style and sound significantly.

In the years that followed, Jack has continued to grow and develop. Playing with various acts and artists, from Rap Music, to 60’s Funk, to straight ahead Guitar Fusion. He has recently toured with the likes of Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale) and Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Frost) as well as the 80’s Brit-Pop Band China Crisis. His goal is to develop, grow and perform as a modern young musician with a modern approach in todays ever-changing music world.

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Jack Pearson

http://www.jackpearson.com/

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Jacob Quistgaard

Quist started playing guitar at age 6 ‚Äì moving to London in his teens to study at the then UK version of Musicians Institute (G.I.T), where he was awarded the title ‘Outstanding Guitarist of the Year’ – after which he landed a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music. At the Academy, Quist studied under John Ashton Thomas (X-men, Ice Age, Kung Fu Panda, Night at the Museum), amongst others. Having his recording debut for Sony Music Denmark whilst still studying, Quist has since had more than 30 of his tracks featured on Radio, TV and Film. He keeps a steady output of new music, with increasing emphasis on his love of music for moving pictures. Quist currently plays lead guitar for British rock legend Bryan Ferry. He currently also spends his time writing, producing and collaborating with other artists and songwriters in Los Angeles. He remains an active session guitarist, having appeared across the world at major festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, venues like Royal Albert Hall and Abbey Road, on TV shows like Jools Holland, Jonathan Ross, BBC Breakfast and Le Grand Journal (in France) – working for labels like BMG, Decca, Polydor, Warner, Sony, Mercury, Universal, Ninja Tunes and Brownswood. His first book (on Rock Guitar) was released worldwide in many languages by Parragon in 2011 and Quist is also a regular contributor to Guitar Techniques Magazine. Quist is maintaining a steady output of original music and \’Jam Tracks\’ for his increasingly popular and fast-growing youtube channel QuistJam (over 21 million views) – as well as attending to ongoing session guitar duties for a host of UK, US and International artists & studios. Quist is about to release his instrumental album Trigger, which features recent Bryan Ferry collaborator Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Gary Moore), Dave De Rose (Mark Ronson), Cherisse Osei (Mika, Paloma Faith) as well as keys wizard/producer extraordinaire Magnus Fiennes and other top musicians. He will be releasing videos and tracks from the album throughout 2015 and 2016.

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Jake Owen

‘Instantly, when I started to work with these guys, I felt ‘Wow. They get it.‚’ They had the sound I’d been hearing in my head.’ So after two CDs, a big ACM award and a string of radio successes, Jake Owen has come into his own.

He observes, ‘When you get a record deal, no one hands you a manual or an instruction booklet and tells you how you’re supposed to conduct your professional life. I was a kid straight out of college, thrown out on these massive stages. I really didn’t know anything. I had to find out who I am.’

His roots are fairly easy to describe. Jake Owen was raised in the coastal town of Vero Beach, FL. He and his fraternal twin Jarrod grew up in the sand and surf. Both boys attended Florida State. That’s where music became Jake Owen‚’s true focus. He suffered a severe shoulder injury while wake boarding. This ended his days on the university’s golf team. During his recuperation, his left arm was in a sling. Jake realized that even with his arm in a sling, he could hold a guitar so he started playing guitar and writing songs.

‘This scar that I have on my shoulder reminds me about the one dark time in my life’ he recalls. ‘It took that accident to make me realize that I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing. What I was supposed to be doing, was something that fulfilled me. Music.’

After his recovery, Jake became a regular club entertainer. He quit college just shy of graduation to make his pilgrimage to Music City. Then he was catapulted into the country-music spotlight. Now comes the real work.

‘If you want to get better at your craft, you have to push yourself, take risks and try something different’ he reflects. ‘In order to grow and not be complacent, you have to open your mind, expand your horizons and be grateful. That‚s what this record represents for’

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Jake Willson

London-based session guitarist, Jake Willson, is quickly garnering a reputation as one of the most exciting and versatile new voices in the guitar world.

Jake was awarded a scholarship to study guitar at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, and upon returning to the UK, completed his degree and began performing around the country with a wide range of ensembles playing everything from modern fusion and hard-edged blues to commercial rock and pop. Among recent gig highlights are the British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park and the 2013 British Grand Prix, Silverstone.

As well as playing guitar, Jake maintains a parallel career as a composer, and his works are regularly performed by world-class musicians. He is currently studying for a PhD in Classical Composition at the University of Surrey, where he is an associate lecturer in the fields of orchestration, jazz studies, performance and composition.

He is currently working on a body of instrumental musicthat is to be released in the near future.

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James Burton

On August 21, 1939, James Burton was born in Dubberly, Louisiana, but he grew up in Shreveport. Before he ever picked up a guitar, he would be beating on broom sticks and beat on pretty much everything else around the house. His parents got him his first guitar, which was an acoustic one. His second guitar was also an acoustic one, but it was in a J&S Music store in Shreveport where he first saw the ‘53 Fender Telecaster and knew that this was the guitar for him.

In ‘55 James was playing with the Dale Hawkins band. They recorded a demo tape of ‘See You Soon Baboon’ at the KWKH studio. The owner of Stan’s Record Shop, Stan Lewis, was impressed and signed them to a management deal and hawked them to Chess Records. In ‘57, Burton recorded ‘Susie Q’ with Dale Hawkins. James wrote the lick and Hawkins put the lyrics to it.

After he left Hawkins, James was playing around town when he got a call from Horace Logan, manager of the Hayride and also manager of Bob Luman. Logan felt that Luman had the style and look and he knew Burton had the licks to complement him. Burton, James Kirkland and Luman tested the waters on a few Hayride shows and then started to work together. With a few hit singles released like ‘My Gal is Red Hot‚Äù and ‘A Red Cadillac and A Black Mustache, Logan arranged for the band to do a movie in Hollywood, called ‘Carnival Rock’. Logan also made sure that Bob Luman and The Shadows, as the band was now called, had a semi regular spot on Town Hall Party. A DVD of Luman’s appearances there was released in 2003.

While in Hollywood with Luman, Ricky Nelson heard them rehearse and shortly after that, James got a telegram, asking him and bass player James Kirkland to meet Ricky Nelson. They were offered to be on the Ozzie and Harriet show as Nelson’s backing band. Both agreed to do it, and before James knew it, he was living with the Nelson’s. Ozzie and Harriet had invited him to stay at their home. Burton lived there for about 2 years, before finding his own place.

Burton’s style of playing has always been very distinct. He uses a straight pick and a fingerpick on his middle finger. On this record, James replaced his first 4 strings with banjo strings and moved the A and D string up to D and E. This allowed him to bend the strings up a lot more. James’ legendary chickin’ pickin’ was born. He later had them gauged: .009, .010, .012, .024, .032 and .038.

Still working with Ricky Nelson, James also found time to record with artists like Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and The Everly Brothers. Burton was under contract with Ricky Nelson, so he couldn’t do much outside of his work with Ricky. But because of his work with Ricky on songs like ‘Hello Mary Lou‚Äù and ‘Travelin’ Man‚Äù, Burton was an increasingly in-demand guitar player.

In ‘65, James got a call from Johnny Cash to play dobro on a TV pilot for a new musical show called ‘Shindig’. Nelson wasn’t too happy about the fact that Burton would leave him, but after a while, Nelson’s manager gave Burton the go-ahead.

The television exposure served as a catalyst for James’ rising session demand. Calls came in from all sectors of the music field. James would be doing 4 to 6 sessions a day and sometimes up to 25 sessions a week! He does regret that he never kept a log of all the sessions he did, and since record jackets from the 60’s rarely gave credit to session men, his work is mostly undocumented. ‘I was busy 24 hours a day, seven days a week,‚Äù said Burton. ‘Sometimes I felt like a walking zombie, but all the different styles kept the music interesting.

Burton was called to play on a session with Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, in Bakersfield, California. Burton helped creating the ‚ÄòBakersfield sound’ while playing with them. On those sessions, he also met pedal steel player Ralph Mooney, with whom he would record his first solo album in 1969. In 1968, James was nominated for the Country Music Award for Best Lead Guitar, but it would take 10 years and 7 nominations before Burton finally won the award for Best Guitar Player.

In 1968, James got the call from Elvis Presley to be on his Comeback television special, but at the time, he was working with Frank Sinatra and therefore was unavailable. Elvis told James how he always watched the Ozzie and Harriet show just to see him play. It was no surprise that when Elvis called James back in ‘69 to put up a band for his Las Vegas engagement, he was there. It was a very though decision to make, since his studio career was very busy and very lucrative. Burton had already turned down an offer by Bob Dylan to go on tour. Sessions were usually booked three months in advance, so Presley gave Burton a few months to get the band together.

James would remain with Elvis until Elvis’ untimely death in 1977.

In the 70’s, James Burton was still one of the most in-demand guitar players. In 1971, James was in the studio to record with Elvis. When Elvis didn’t show up because he was ill, the producer saw an opportunity to record James’ second solo album: ‘The Guitar Sounds of James Burton‚Äù. But James wasn’t too satisfied with the result, because it wasn’t planned well enough and the album felt rushed.

In 1972, Gram Parsons contacted James. Gram had a deal to do an album and he really wanted James on it. It was at these sessions that he met Emmylou Harris.

Gram died in 1973 and in 1974, Emmylou Harris had signed with Warner Music. They had told her to get a ‚Äòhot band’. She did. She recorded her debut album in 1975, titled ‘Pieces of the Sky‚Äù. Because she wanted James and Glen D. Hardin, who at that time was also working for Presley, on tour with her, she carefully planned her tours around Elvis’.

Tough touring with Presley and Emmylou Harris kept Burton busy, he still had much session work. The Hot Band did sessions for producer Brian Ahern, including sessions for Jonathan Edwards, Rodney Crowell, Mary Kay Place and Jesse Winchester. Other sessions included (all) members of Presley’s TCB Band for artists like Bob Mosley, J.J. Cale and Hoyt Axton.

Presley’s death came as a shock to James, but instead of doing nothing, he dove head-on into session work. Shortly before Presley’s death, Burton got a call from John Denver. He wanted to do a television special with him. During the taping, Denver asked if he wanted to go on an European tour, but because James was still with Elvis, this never happened. After Presley’s death, Burton got the call for an album. He remained with Denver for 15 years. When John passed in 1997, James was a speaker at his funeral.

In 1978, The TCB Band, Presley’s back up band, recorded an album, called ‘The TCB Band‚Äù. Every member sings a few songs on this album. Unfortunately, this album was never released.

In ‘79, Burton recorded an album with Jerry Lee Lewis, another collaboration that would last for years to come.

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Jamie Humphries

Jamie Humphries is a UK guitarist, now based in Stockholm, Sweden. As well as being a highly respected guitar tutor and author, his touring credits include Brian May, Kerry Ellis, The Australian Pink Floyd Show, and the Scandinavian Queen show “Champions of Rock”. He has also toured with the American classic rock show “Flashback; The Mystic Orchestra”. He has performed with Queen, Jeff Beck, Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Ronan Keating, Richie Kotzen, Vinnie Moore and Chad Smith. Jamie has also toured extensively on the official Queen production “We Will Rock You” in both the UK and Europe, holding the position of principle guitarist on guitar chair one in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Jamie has filmed and recorded a large catalogue of DVDs and backing tracks for the award winning guitar instructional company Lick Library, filming DVDs on such artists as Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Def Leppard, Metallica, and many others. He also contributed video lessons for Guitar Interactive, and has a regular technique column in Premier Guitar. He has also written and transcribed for Guitar Techniques, Guitarist, Total Guitar, and Guitar World and has been featured twice on Young Guitar magazine’s DVD in Japan.

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Jason Miller

Country: United States Band: Jessie Brown

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Jason Nattier

Country: United States Band: Our Hearts Hero

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Jimmy Olander

“When Jimmy was 12 years old, his father took him to see a musician named Gene Johnson, who played the mandolin, in a small club near Detroit, MI. Gene became one of Jimmy\’s bluegrass hero\’s and later on‚Ķ.his partner in the group Diamond Rio.
Jimmy was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 26 and when he was a teenager he had already mastered the banjo and gave lessons, however, by the time he was in college in Nashville, he found out that guitar players were more in demand than banjo pickers, so he mastered the guitar.

Jimmy joined the Tennessee River Boys in 1984 at Opryland theme park alongside Marty and Dan. His musical influences are Earl Scruggs, Leon Rhodes and Clarence White and one of his all time favorite singers is Ella Fitzgerald.

Jimmy is married and he and his wife adopted two boys and are enjoying family life. Jimmy also enjoys sky diving and weight training.

\ I remember that [co-producer] Mike Clute once asked me a very poignant question”

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Jody Harris

Country: United States Band: Taylor Swift Band

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Joe Arick

“Joe Arick began his musical voyage at age 6 playing piano for his family‚Äôs traveling gospel quartet. His love of music and the piano, led him to teach himself multiple instruments.

In 2004, Joe moved to Nashville and in 2005 he landed his first nationally touring gig as bassist/bandleader for Big Machine recording artist Danielle Peck. Since then he has worked with several artists including Chuck Wicks, Julianne Hough, Josh Turner, Sarah Buxton, Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line, and others.

in 2013 Joe joined the Jake Owen band…”

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Joe Perry

“As co-founding member, principal songwriter, electrifying lead guitarist and co-producer of Aerosmith‚ÄìAmerica‚Äôs Greatest Rock & Roll Band‚ÄìJOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock. ¬†He has helped to drive his band, over the course of three decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards (one of which includes the guitar-based instrumental ‚ÄúBoogie Man‚Äù) and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. JOE PERRY‚Äôs work with Aerosmith has resulted in an unending array of accolades and honors. Beyond their Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, other key milestones over the past 35 years include: 12 MTV Video Awards; two People‚Äôs Choice Awards; six Billboard Music Awards; eight American Music Awards; 23 Boston Music Awards; and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, ‚ÄúI Don‚Äôt Want to Miss a Thing‚Äù (from the soundtrack to Armageddon).

In May of 2012, Aerosmith completed their latest CD MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION featuring 14 songs produced by Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler and JOE PERRY.

That November (2012), the 1325 Commmonwealth Avenue building in Boston (where PERRY first lived and where it all began some 40 years ago for AEROSMITH), was declared a historic landmark by the city’s Mayor with a special commemorative plaque placed outside on the building. With the streets closed, an estimated 35,000 fans were on hand for the 11/5/12 ceremony, culminating in an unforgettable free concert by the band right outside the building.

In June 2013, PERRY was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future.  That same year (in April), The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored PERRY with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award during its 30th annual Pop Music Awards. The ASCAP Founders Award honors pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music, inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.

One of the world’s true Guitar Hero’s he was immortalized in 2008, when AEROSMITH made history and created a cultural firestorm with the Activision released Guitar Hero®: Aerosmith®, an epic collaboration that marked the first music-based game to feature one band.  The groundbreaking partnership united “America’s greatest hard rock act” (as described by Mojo editor Phil Alexander in a May ’07 cover story) with the massively successful video game franchise; sales exploded and broke records, with AEROSMITH reaching yet again a younger generation of fans.

In 2009, JOE PERRY released his fifth solo CD–Have Guitar Will Travel–entirely written and produced by PERRY.  The hard driving, ten-song, in your face, collection features PERRY’s trademark rock and blue ferocity. On his 2005 Grammy-nominated fourth solo album Joe Perry–recorded at the BoneYard, PERRY’s basement home studio in Boston–he provided an exciting glimpse of another side of himself.  Still as scorching hot on guitar as he is preternaturally cool in his persona, PERRY created a collection of songs reflecting his deepest personal concerns, from his passion for rock and love of the blues to his keen social conscience and devotion to friends and family.

His previous solo works–as the “Joe Perry Project”–include the self-produced Let The Music Do The Talking (1980) and Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker (1983), along with I’ve Got The Rock ‘N’ Rolls Again (1981), all of which were recorded at a time when JOE was on a 5-year hiatus from Aerosmith.

As a producer, JOE has received producing credit (AEROSMITH) for the band’s following albums: ROCKS, DRAW THE LINE, NIGHT IN THE RUTS , GREATEST HITS, CLASSICS LIVE II, JUST PUSH PLAY, and HONKIN’ ON BOBO and Aerosmith’s latest CD, released November 2012 MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION.

PERRY has expanded his musical outreach to include composing for film and television. He composed the theme song for the “Spiderman” animated TV series as well as instrumental music for the independent movie “This Thing of Ours,” starring James Caan. His other instrumental credits include Aerosmith’s Grammy-nominated track, “Boogie Man,” a guitar tour de force from 1994’s Get A Grip album, as well as “Mercy”–from JOE PERRY, 2005 solo album–which earned him a Grammy nomination in the “Best Rock Instrumental Performance” category. PERRY composed music for the 2012 Season Finale “CSI Las Vegas” and contributed to the soundtrack for Lionsgate “Madea’s Witness Protection” staring the actor Tyler Perry. JOE PERRY’s instrumental work was also heard on the Paramount release of “G.I. JOE 3D” in 2013.

PERRY’s guitar prowess was documented in a version of James Moore’s “I’m A King Bee,” performed on the album and film, “Lightning In A Bottle,” the 2005 Martin Scorsese-produced concert documentary on the blues shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In 2012, PERRY performed on the Amnesty International 50th year CD, featuring 80 artists covering the songs of Bob Dylan. PERRY’s cover of “Man of Peace” was one of only four songs from the release to be followed up with a video. PERRY performed the song on Jay Leno with his own band THE JOE PERRY PROJECT. He also performed “Man of Peace” in celebration of Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Cleveland clinic for a special that was broadcast nationally on CBS and ESPN.

To show PERRY’s appeal across the generations, in just one weekend in Chicago (Summer 2009), PERRY sat in on Saturday with Jimmy Buffet on the song “Margaritaville” in front of 40,000 fans; the next night (Sunday) he joined Jane’s Addiction for their encore song “Jane Says” in front of 60,000 Lollapalooza fans.

On July 1, 2007, PERRY joined Tom Jones and his band at the historic “Concert For Diana” at Wembley Stadium playing on two classic Jones’ hits. Between this appearance, viewed by more than 500 million worldwide, and his special guest performance with Kelly Clarkson on the 2007 season finale of “American Idol,” PERRY and his fiery signature guitar sound were a part of two of the year’s biggest TV events.

In late 2006, at the personal invitation of Chuck Berry, PERRY jammed with Mr. Berry and his band at his 80th birthday celebration at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis.  PERRY also played guitar on Mick Jagger’s last solo album, Goddess in the Doorway; appeared in the video for Nelly’s “#1” hit single; and played guitar on Les Paul & Friends: A Tribute To A Legend.

In June 2006, PERRY and his wife Billie hosted a concert for the town of Woodstock, Vermont (where his family occasionally lives in the landmark “Sleepy Hollow Farm”) for the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Later that year, PERRY went to see the All Stars in Nashville and joined them on stage for a medley of Bob Marley’s “War” and “Get Up Stand Up.” He also ensured that the band could continue to pursue their music by providing them with instruments (guitars, basses and strings) along with a MAC computer for the youngest member.

Beyond his music career, JOE made his acting debut guest-starring as DEA agent “Joe Landrewsky” in an October 1998 episode of the critically hailed NBC drama “Homicide: Life On The Street.”  PERRY also had a cameo in “Wayne’s World 2” and the 2005 film MGM/UA movie “Be Cool,” a sequel to “Get Shorty,” which also features an Aerosmith performance of the group’s smash “Cryin’.” In 2005, fashion designer John Varvatos, a fan of JOE’s, asked him to be in one of his major fashion campaigns with his son Tony. He appeared on billboards and in high fashion magazines around the U.S.

In the spring of 2009, PERRY was asked to appear alongside top scientists, Dr. Rudy Tanzi MD PhD Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins MD PhD in GQ magazine in a feature called “Rock Stars of Science.” Later that year, JOE accompanied Drs Tanzi and Collins as they–and the nation’s top scientists–participated in a panel discussion on Capitol Hill in front of congressmen and senators focusing on promoting cures, improving therapies and raising funds for Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease; it was followed by a performance with JOE and a back-up band consisting of the two doctors.  In 2010, JOE was given the title by The Geoffrey Beane Foundation as The Founding Father of the Rock Stars of Science Program (RSOS).  Later that year, he appeared with Drs Tanzi and Collins in GQ’s Men of the Year issue in a spread on the RSOS.  In 2013, he was invited to again participate in the 2013-2014 RSOS Campaign and was the first civilian allowed access into Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital Labs.

PERRY and his wife Billie have four sons (Tony, Roman, Adrian and Aaron); the legendary guitarist frequently sits in with TAB THE BAND, which is led by sons Adrian and Tony. He also works with his youngest Roman who is a composer of electronic music. Roman attends Boston University.  In 2003, PERRY launched his own food company “Joe Perry’s Rock Your World,” with his eldest son Aaron Perry-Hirsch as CEO. The first product was BoneYard Brew Table Sauce, later followed by Mango Peach Tango.  Earlier this year, the company launched its newest product: Original BBQ Sauce. The 100% all natural sauce features a sweet smoky taste and can be used on everything from burgers to ribs.

JOE and BILLIE PERRY are well-known animal lovers and helped to fund the building of a new animal shelter in their community. The PERRYs were also instrumental in bringing awareness to the Friesian Horse. Twenty three years ago, JOE and Billie were the first in the New England area to own a pair of the once endangered breed, a cause Billie is very involved with. In that time, the Friesian Horse has gone from the endangered list to rare breeds list and now numbers in the tens of thousands in America alone. In addition, the PERRYs also support the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society whose members undertake campaigns to protect marine species and environments.

As co-founding member, principal songwriter, electrifying lead guitarist and co-producer of Aerosmith‚ America’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band‚ JOE PERRY has achieved permanent iconic stature in the pantheon of rock.He has helped to drive his band, over the course of three decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards (one of which includes the guitar-based instrumental ‘Boogie Man’) and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. JOE PERRY’s work with Aerosmith has resulted in an unending array of accolades and honors. Beyond their Grammy Awards and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, other key milestones over the past 35 years include: 12 MTV Video Awards; two People’s Choice Awards; six Billboard Music Awards; eight American Music Awards; 23 Boston Music Awards; and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ (from the soundtrack to Armageddon).

In May of 2012, Aerosmith completed their latest CD MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION featuring 14 songs produced by Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler and JOE PERRY.

That November (2012), the 1325 Commmonwealth Avenue building in Boston (where PERRY first lived and where it all began some 40 years ago for AEROSMITH), was declared a historic landmark by the city’s Mayor with a special commemorative plaque placed outside on the building. With the streets closed, an estimated 35,000 fans were on hand for the 11/5/12 ceremony, culminating in an unforgettable free concert by the band right outside the building.

In June 2013, PERRY was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the organization’s 44th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner. Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future. That same year (in April), The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored PERRY with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award during its 30th annual Pop Music Awards. The ASCAP Founders Award honors pioneering songwriters who have made exceptional contributions to music, inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators.

One of the world’s true Guitar Hero’s he was immortalized in 2008, when AEROSMITH made history and created a cultural firestorm with the Activision released Guitar Hero” Aerosmith” an epic collaboration that marked the first music-based game to feature one band. The groundbreaking partnership united ‘America’s greatest hard rock act’ (as described by Mojo editor Phil Alexander in a May ‘07 cover story) with the massively successful video game franchise; sales exploded and broke records, with AEROSMITH reaching yet again a younger generation of fans.

In 2009, JOE PERRY released his fifth solo CD‚ Have Guitar Will Travel‚ entirely written and produced by PERRY. The hard driving, ten-song, in your face, collection features PERRY’s trademark rock and blue ferocity. On his 2005 Grammy-nominated fourth solo album Joe Perry‚ recorded at the BoneYard, PERRY’s basement home studio in Boston‚ he provided an exciting glimpse of another side of himself. Still as scorching hot on guitar as he is preternaturally cool in his persona, PERRY created a collection of songs reflecting his deepest personal concerns, from his passion for rock and love of the blues to his keen social conscience and devotion to friends and family.

His previous solo works‚ as the ‘Joe Perry Project’‚ include the self-produced Let The Music Do The Talking (1980) and Once A Rocker, Always A Rocker (1983), along with I’ve Got The Rock ‚ÄòN’ Rolls Again (1981), all of which were recorded at a time when JOE was on a 5-year hiatus from Aerosmith.

As a producer, JOE has received producing credit (AEROSMITH) for the band’s following albums: ROCKS, DRAW THE LINE, NIGHT IN THE RUTS , GREATEST HITS, CLASSICS LIVE II, JUST PUSH PLAY, and HONKIN’ ON BOBO and Aerosmith’s latest CD, released November 2012 MUSIC FROM ANOTHER DIMENSION.

PERRY has expanded his musical outreach to include composing for film and television. He composed the theme song for the ‘Spiderman’ animated TV series as well as instrumental music for the independent movie ‘This Thing of Ours,’ starring James Caan. His other instrumental credits include Aerosmith’s Grammy-nominated track, ‘Boogie Man,’ a guitar tour de force from 1994’s Get A Grip album, as well as ‘Mercy’‚ from JOE PERRY, 2005 solo album‚ which earned him a Grammy nomination in the ‘Best Rock Instrumental Performance’ category. PERRY composed music for the 2012 Season Finale ‘CSI Las Vegas’ and contributed to the soundtrack for Lionsgate ‘Madea’s Witness Protection’ staring the actor Tyler Perry. JOE PERRY’s instrumental work was also heard on the Paramount release of ‘G.I. JOE 3D’ in 2013.

PERRY’s guitar prowess was documented in a version of James Moore’s ‘I’m A King Bee,’ performed on the album and film, ‘Lightning In A Bottle,’ the 2005 Martin Scorsese-produced concert documentary on the blues shot at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In 2012, PERRY performed on the Amnesty International 50th year CD, featuring 80 artists covering the songs of Bob Dylan. PERRY’s cover of ‘Man of Peace’ was one of only four songs from the release to be followed up with a video. PERRY performed the song on Jay Leno with his own band THE JOE PERRY PROJECT. He also performed ‘Man of Peace’ in celebration of Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, in conjunction with a fundraiser for the Cleveland clinic for a special that was broadcast nationally on CBS and ESPN.

To show PERRY’s appeal across the generations, in just one weekend in Chicago (Summer 2009), PERRY sat in on Saturday with Jimmy Buffet on the song ‘Margaritaville’ in front of 40,000 fans; the next night (Sunday) he joined Jane’s Addiction for their encore song ‘Jane Says’ in front of 60,000 Lollapalooza fans.

On July 1, 2007, PERRY joined Tom Jones and his band at the historic ‘Concert For Diana’ at Wembley Stadium playing on two classic Jones’ hits. Between this appearance, viewed by more than 500 million worldwide, and his special guest performance with Kelly Clarkson on the 2007 season finale of ‘American Idol,’ PERRY and his fiery signature guitar sound were a part of two of the year’s biggest TV events.

In late 2006, at the personal invitation of Chuck Berry, PERRY jammed with Mr. Berry and his band at his 80th birthday celebration at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis. PERRY also played guitar on Mick Jagger’s last solo album, Goddess in the Doorway; appeared in the video for Nelly’s ‘#1’ hit single; and played guitar on Les Paul & Friends: A Tribute To A Legend.

In June 2006, PERRY and his wife Billie hosted a concert for the town of Woodstock, Vermont (where his family occasionally lives in the landmark ‘Sleepy Hollow Farm’) for the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. Later that year, PERRY went to see the All Stars in Nashville and joined them on stage for a medley of Bob Marley’s ‘War’ and ‘Get Up Stand Up.’ He also ensured that the band could continue to pursue their music by providing them with instruments (guitars, basses and strings) along with a MAC computer for the youngest member.

Beyond his music career, JOE made his acting debut guest-starring as DEA agent ‘Joe Landrewsky’ in an October 1998 episode of the critically hailed NBC drama ‘Homicide: Life On The Street.’ PERRY also had a cameo in ‘Wayne’s World 2’ and the 2005 film MGM/UA movie ‘Be Cool,’ a sequel to ‘Get Shorty,’ which also features an Aerosmith performance of the group’s smash ‘Cryin’.’ In 2005, fashion designer John Varvatos, a fan of JOE’s, asked him to be in one of his major fashion campaigns with his son Tony. He appeared on billboards and in high fashion magazines around the U.S.

In the spring of 2009, PERRY was asked to appear alongside top scientists, Dr. Rudy Tanzi MD PhD Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins MD PhD in GQ magazine in a feature called ‘Rock Stars of Science.’ Later that year, JOE accompanied Drs Tanzi and Collins as they‚ and the nation’s top scientists‚ participated in a panel discussion on Capitol Hill in front of congressmen and senators focusing on promoting cures, improving therapies and raising funds for Cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease; it was followed by a performance with JOE and a back-up band consisting of the two doctors. In 2010, JOE was given the title by The Geoffrey Beane Foundation as The Founding Father of the Rock Stars of Science Program (RSOS). Later that year, he appeared with Drs Tanzi and Collins in GQ’s Men of the Year issue in a spread on the RSOS. In 2013, he was invited to again participate in the 2013-2014 RSOS Campaign and was the first civilian allowed access into Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital Labs.

PERRY and his wife Billie have four sons (Tony, Roman, Adrian and Aaron); the legendary guitarist frequently sits in with TAB THE BAND, which is led by sons Adrian and Tony. He also works with his youngest Roman who is a composer of electronic music. Roman attends Boston University. In 2003, PERRY launched his own food company ‘Joe Perry’s Rock Your World,’ with his eldest son Aaron Perry-Hirsch as CEO. The first product was BoneYard Brew Table Sauce, later followed by Mango Peach Tango. Earlier this year, the company launched its newest product: Original BBQ Sauce. The 100% all natural sauce features a sweet smoky taste and can be used on everything from burgers to ribs.

JOE and BILLIE PERRY are well-known animal lovers and helped to fund the building of a new animal shelter in their community. The PERRYs were also instrumental in bringing awareness to the Friesian Horse. Twenty three years ago, JOE and Billie were the first in the New England area to own a pair of the once endangered breed, a cause Billie is very involved with. In that time, the Friesian Horse has gone from the endangered list to rare breeds list and now numbers in the tens of thousands in America alone. In addition, the PERRYs also support the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society whose members undertake campaigns to protect marine species and environments.

When JOE and his wife Billie are not crisscrossing the globe, they spend their time between Vermont, Massachusetts, Florida and Los Angeles”

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John Fogerty

John Cameron Fogerty was born on May 28, 1945, in Berkeley, California. One of five brothers, Fogerty developed his early musical capabilities on the family piano and received his first guitar at age 12. At 14, he formed a band called the Blue Velvets with two classmates, drummer Doug Clifford and bass player Stu Cook. Fogerty\’s older brother Tom eventually joined the band as a rhythm guitarist and co-vocalist.

Renamed the Golliwogs after signing with Fantasy Records in 1964, the band scored a minor local hit with \”Brown Eyed Girl\” in 1965. Fogerty was drafted shortly afterward, and he later recalled the seemingly endless marching drills with the Army Reserve as a catalyst for all sorts of creative imagery. He rejoined his bandmates with a renewed focus on writing, and the group changed its name to Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1967.

Even as he neared his 70th birthday, the rock legend showed no signs of slowing down. He embarked on a \”His Songs from 1969 and More\” tour in late 2014, and in 2015 he joined the cast of Season 9 of The Voice as a mentor for Adam Levine\’s team. Fogerty\’s long-awaited autobiography,Fortunate Son: My Life My Music, was set to hit bookstores that autumn.

Role: Guitarist, singer, songwriter.
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John Pettifer

Country: United Kingdom Band: Solo Artist

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Jon Skibic

Country: United States Band: Afghan Whigs Website

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Keith Urban

2015 has brought new music from four-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban. “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” his 19th #1 song, is the first song from what will be his eighth studio album entitled Ripcord. It not only set an historic country radio mark for the highest one-week spin count and point total on Country Aircheck/Mediabase, it extended Urban’s lead as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, a streak that started in August of 2000. His latest, “Break On Me” debuted this past October and was the #1 most added single at country radio.

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Kerry Marx

Kerry Marx is a guitarist living in Nashville, Tennessee. His foremost endeavor is recording for artists, jingles, and TV, although he does a variety of live TV and stage work also. He plays on the Grand Ole Opry every week as a member of the Opry staff band, performing with an average of 10-15 artists per week. If you check his bio, you\’ll get an idea of who some of these artists are. Kerry was born in Shelby, North Carolina on January 26th, 1954 and grew up in Aiken, South Carolina. Playing bass and guitar in bands as a teenager, he then studied music at the University of South Carolina after high school. After deciding to concentrate on guitar, he attended North Texas State University in Denton, Texas with a concentration in jazz guitar, before moving to Nashville in 1981. In these last 31 years, Kerry has played a variety of jazz, pop, rock, and country music in the Nashville recording scene, as well as traveling to other cities to do the same. For the last 10 years, Kerry has been dividing his time between these more traditional methods of recording and recording at his state-of-the-art home studio. There he has done work for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Disney, CMT, and the Dick Clark company, as well as countless jingles and record projects.

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Kevin Collier

Country: United States Band: Chris Young

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Kirk ‘Skinny’ Webb

Kirk \Skinny\” Webb is a multi-instrumentalist from the heartland of the US specializing in guitar and mandolin. He has collaborated and performed with Los Lobos

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Kris Barras

UK Guitarist Kris Barras has a genre-defying sound: a high-energy hybrid of no-nonsense Rock, Blues and Country. Winners of ‘Best New Band’ in the 2018 Planet Rock awards, the Kris Barras Band have become one of the UK’s fastest rising acts. Recently voted one of the ‘Top Blues Guitarists in the World’ (Music Radar) and winning the ‘Best Album’ accolade in the European Blues Awards, perhaps best demonstrates the band’s fluidity and appeal to fans of different genres.

Inspired by his father at the early age of only five years-old, Kris was already making an appearance on stage before turning Ten. He has since gone on to spend more than twenty years thrilling audiences throughout the globe playing live in a variety of acts. after forming the kris barras band in 2015, the band have enjoyed a rapid rise to success in just a few years. After a self-released debut album in 2016 (Lucky 13), The release of the much anticipated second album, ‘The Divine and Dirty’ is when Kris really started to turn heads. Released in March 2018, ‘the divine and dirty’ headed straight to Number 1 in both the Amazon Bestseller’s and the iTunes Blues Charts. The album also reached number 3 in the Official UK Blues charts.

The band have appeared at major festivals throughout the UK and Europe. These include Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Rawa Blues Festival (Poland) and Bliuzo Naktys (Lithuania) as well as tours alongside Beth hart, Joanne shaw Taylor and an upcoming tour with black stone cherry.

In April 2018, it was announced that Kris would become the new frontman for USA super-group, Supersonic Blues Machine. The band feature’s legendary artists such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather (Toto), Eric Gales, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule) and Walter Trout. kris has toured throughout Europe with the band and will feature on all upcoming releases. The band have enjoyed a lot of radio airplay, with three ‘a’ list singles on planet rock as well as numerous bbc plays and live performances. in June 2018, the kbb appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Richard Madeley, with an interview as well as performing two acoustic tracks live on air to over 3 million listeners.

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Kristen Capolino

Country: United States Band: Solo Artist Website

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Leroy Miller

Los Angeles blues sensation Leroy Miller has worked on countless recordings for music’s brightest stars like John Mayer, Macy Gray and Smash Mouth. Leroy has toured all over the world as a supporting act for bands such as Aerosmith and the Dave Mathews Band. He has played venues ranging from The Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood to Webster Hall in Manhattan as well as arenas like the PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ and the Molsen Amphitheater in Toronto Canada.

His humble beginning started doing shows at The Roxy in Hollywood eventually landing him a record deal with Geffen Records releasing ‘Nothing Sacred’ produced by Mike Frasier known for his work with Aerosmith and AC/DC. He then signed a deal with Hollywood Records where he co-produced his self titled album ‘Leroy’with Grammy award winning producer Rob Cavallo mixed by Jack Joseph Puig.

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Levi Clay

Levi Clay is a Glasgow based guitarist specializing in transcription and instruction. Levi has built a decent following in the past 5 years, from his best selling LickLibrary DVDs to his work as a journalist for publications including Premier Guitar Magazine and iGuitar Magazine, or as a personality on Youtube. Don\’t be fooled though, Levi is no slouch when it comes to playing! He took his career to the next level in 2015 with the release of two albums. Check out Hellcat Molly\’s \Out Of The Ashes\” now and find more information on Levi at LeviClay.com”

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Linda Taylor

Guitarist Linda Taylor may be most well known from her work on ABC’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” hosted by Drew Carey. Keyboardist Laura Hall and Linda provide the music featured in this improvised sketch show.
The “Whose Line” cast includes Greg Proops, Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles, and Colin Mochrie. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” can be seen nightly on ABC’s Family Channel.

ABOUT LINDA…

Linda started playing the guitar at the age of four, after hearing Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bookends”. She has toured, recorded, and/or performed with Tracy Chapman, Maia Sharp, Terri Lyne Carrington, Christopher Cross, Sheila E., Carlos Rios, Edwin McCain, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Richard Perry, Leigh Jones, Kirk Whalum, Namie Amuro, Chante Moore, Wayne Brady, Vesta Williams, Thelma Houston, and others.

Linda has been in several TV house bands including “The Roseanne Show”, “She-TV”, and “Dame Edna”.

She is a frequent film composer, including director Mark Ryan’s “Through The Cracks” and Judy Minor’s “Anatomy Of A Breakup”.

Linda has released two albums. The first, “Pulse”, is an acid jazz instrumental work. Following the events of 2001, Linda released “Sum Blues” with her R&B band Threshold, featuring guest performances by Keb’ Mo’.

Role: Session musician
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Lou Toomey

Country: United States Band: Brooks and Dunn

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Mark Mackay

A blazing guitarist, an evocative vocalist and a songwriter steeped in authenticity: At the crossroads of country music and rock and roll is where Mark Mackay makes his stand. Fronting a powerhouse band, he rocks the room with rowdy charm and persuasive conviction.

Headlining festivals, concerts and clubs and opening for country stars like Frankie Ballard, Eli Young Band, Cole Swindell, Tracy Lawrence and Old Dominion, plus legendary rockers The Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Orianthi, in a recent 12-month period Mark played 230 shows as Music Connection magazine named him on their annual list of the country’s Top 100 National Live Acts

Mark, who grew up south of San Francisco enthralled by country music and trained as a classical pianist, exemplifies a wide screen Western perspective in his songs. With two previous EP’s, he now ups the ante in a new eight-song collection.

Between the introspective journeys and boisterous shows, he locates the magic alchemy that defines his artistry.

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Mike Baugh

Country: United Kingdom Band: Solo Artist Website

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Mike Zito

111BEAUMONT, TX – On “The Road Never Ends,” the second track of Mike Zito’s new June 11 CD, Gone to Texas, he cranks things into the stratosphere with a sonic blast of electric slide guitar and blistering vocals, accompanied on vocals and harmonica by the great Delbert McClinton. Also along for the ride on his label debut solo CD for Ruf Records are special guests Sonny Landreth on guitar, Susan Cowsill on vocals and Lewis Stephens (Delbert McClinton, Freddie King) on keyboards. Zito expertly matches them with his core band, The Wheel: Jimmy Carpenter – sax and guitars; Rob Lee – drums; and Scot Sutherland – bass. The result effectively announces one of the most exciting and highly-anticipated new releases of the year.

Recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana, Gone to Texas was produced by the Beaumont, Texas-based Mike Zito and engineered by long-time New Orleans notable David Ferrell, giving the album’s mix a decided Crescent City bent, while embracing Zito’s Texas blues and roots influences. “Rainbow Bridge,” aided and abetted by some killer Sonny Landreth guitar work and soulful Susan Cowsill vocals, sounds like a long-lost Little Feat song. The lead-off title track is an autobiographical tale of redemption and catharsis for Zito, who literally lived the tale, with a bit of an Allman Brothers musical twinge. “Subtraction Blues” deals with a man whose dealings with his woman “just don’t add up,” spiced with a funky Second Line feel. “Take It Easy,” one of the two non-original tracks on the CD, is Zito’s soothing take on the Delbert McClinton-penned ballad. The other cover is Mike’s unique version of Beaumont’s own Blind Willie Johnson’s “Let Your Love Shine on Me.” And on “Texas Flyer,” he salutes the legendary “Texas Cannonball” himself – Freddie King – in the best way possible: with a flurry of stinging blues guitar leads that are still hanging somewhere over the Lone Star State.

Make no mistake about it, Gone to Texas IS a very special – and personal – album for Mike Zito.
“Texas saved my life. Sounds a bit dramatic, but absolutely true,” says Zito. “Historically, Texas has been the saving grace of many desperate men. In the early 1800s, men who had large debts or committed crimes would run off to Texas to hide from the colonies and their creditors. This was called ‘Gone to Texas.’ New Spain (Mexico at that time, including Mexican Texas) took in all the runaways and vagabonds it could hold. Many of these men found a new life in what would be Texas, returned for their families, paid their debts off, only to fight and die for the freedom of Texas from Spanish rule.

“Texas was my last stand as well. I ended up there after running away from all of my problems and mostly myself. I left on the Greyhound bus and got off in Texas, leaving my family behind. My drug addiction is no secret and Texas is where I confronted my problems and made a change that has saved my life. I met a woman who lived in Texas years before and was spiritually drawn to her. She has stood by my side though it all and has given me the love and support I needed to stand on my own two feet. South East Texas has taken me in and given me a new life. This is a much different place than the south side of Saint Louis where I grew up. They all take it for granted around here, but it is a very unique place in the world.”

For Zito, the band he put together for the Gone to Texas sessions – The Wheel – is also special to him. “These musicians were hand-picked over the years,” he states. “These are some of my favorite musicians on planet earth; my dream band. We all have one thing in common: make the music feel good! It is no surprise that this most important album to me is being released on Ruf Records. I have wanted to be a Ruf recording artist since 1998. Thomas Ruf and I have tried many times to get together over the years but the Universe wasn’t ready for us until now!”

Since 2012, Mike Zito has also been a founding member of his OTHER band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, along with Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott; and while he continues to record and tour with that band of brothers, he’ll also be doing shows with The Wheel throughout the rest of the year in support of his solo album. He’s managed by Reuben Williams of The Thunderbird Management Group (985-798-5665; thunderbird@viscom.net); and is booked by Piedmont Talent (www.piedmonttalent.com).

Mike Zito has been a rising star in the blues/roots world for the past several years as a performer, songwriter and producer. In 2010, the title-track for his Pearl River album, which he co-wrote with Cyril Neville, won the Blues Music Award as “Song of Year;” and he also produced last year’s BMA winner for “Best New Artist Debut Album” by labelmate Samantha Fish. His last solo CD, Greyhound, was nominated for “Rock Blues Album;” and he’s currently nominated as a member of Royal Southern Brotherhood in the same category for that band’s eponymous debut CD at the upcoming Blues Music Awards in May.

Released August 2014 on Ruf Records US

The natural habitat of the true musician is not the gleaming studio, a glitzy showbiz party or a five-star hotel. It’s the road. And if multiple Blues Music Award winner Mike Zito had a dollar for every mile of tarmac he’s burnt since his breakout in the early-’90s, they’d be piled up to his chin. “There’s just something in me,” considers the solo bandleader and Royal Southern Brotherhood co-founder (with Devon Allman and Cyril Neville), “It’s there in all musicians. You gotta love the road to be a part of this world. You’re right there, looking in people’s eyes, swapping stories, shaking hands…”

There’s an undeniable romance about a life in motion – and an enduring magic about the moment when the house lights go down, the roar of the crowd goes up and the shadows take the stage. For Mike, who began touring the Midwest circuit at the age of eighteen, and has since crossed twenty-plus countries as guitarist with the Brotherhood, this is when things get serious. “In my band, The Wheel, if you’re not already with us, you’d better get on board,” he grins. “Because otherwise we’re gonna knock you down!”

Released in August 2014 in the US as the latest installment in Ruf Records’ Award winning live series, Zito’s Songs From The Road is a two-disc set that captures Mike at full throttle on his adopted home-turf. “This DVD and live album were recorded on January 10th, 2014, at Dosey Doe at The Woodlands, TX, to a sold-out crowd of crazy Texans,” he recalls. “The audience was on fire from the first note. The band played with such energy and passion. I was overwhelmed many times throughout this performance by the sheer energy of love that poured out of every soul in that building. It was a truly magical night, one I’ll never forget.”

Mike Zito And The Wheel: Songs From The Road captures the push ‘n’ pull between Mike and his all-star lineup of Jimmy Carpenter (sax/vocals), Scot Sutherland (bass/vocals), Lewis Stephens (piano/organ) and Rob Lee (drums/percussion). “With the guys in The Wheel,” explains the bandleader, “we’re all on the same page. We’re not interested in solos, we want to play together.”

White-hot chemistry meets world-class material on Songs From The Road, whose set list dips into pivotal moments from Mike’s storied past. There’s Greyhound: the gritty travelogue recalling the desperate events of September 2002, when a drug-addicted Mike stole his father’s credit card and bought a one-way bus ticket to Florida. “I decided I’d be doing everybody a favor if I just left, got as far away as I could go,” he remembers.

On the emotional flipside, there’s Rainbow Bridge, written about the rush that a reformed Mike felt on the final approach to home. “The Rainbow Bridge is one of the tallest bridges in the South,” he explains. “I would have to drive to Louisiana to play gigs, and then I’d drive home over that Rainbow Bridge. And I knew that when I was hitting the bridge, I was almost home.”

Longtime Zito fans in the Dosey Doe crowd would have been waiting for Pearl River: the song co-written by Mike and Cyril Neville in reference to civil rights campaigner Dick Gregory, which planted the seed for the Royal Southern Brotherhood. Likewise, the cheers are deafening for the title track of last year’s Gone To Texas album. “Part of the story of that song,” he notes, “is that historically, people go to Texas to get their lives together. And I did too.”

True enough. Ask Mike for his backstory and he’ll give you the cold, hard truth. In his own words, the bandleader “grew up poor in St. Louis”; in a blue-collar family whose father logged 40-hour weeks at the local brewery. Ten years working at a downtown guitar shop, under the tutelage of an older employee, exposed him to titans like B.B. King, the Allmans and Eric Clapton (and from there, Joe Pass, Robert Johnson and Blind Willie Johnson), and though he was fired from early cover bands for refusing to mimic the solos, by 1997, he had released his debut album Blue Room. “The first time you hear yourself,” recalls Mike, “you think, ‘Wow, that almost sounds like music!’”

There were bumps in the road, of course. By the post-millennium, creeping alcoholism and drug abuse had threatened to rob Mike of his talent and livelihood. For a time, all seemed lost. But since the epiphany of meeting his beloved wife (“I give her all the credit in the world”), Mike has blossomed as both a man and musician, and in 2014, he can reflect on a run of thrilling solo albums, plus two universally renowned studio releases with the Brotherhood. “It’s all working out,” he beams, “and I couldn’t be more thankful.” “Gone To Texas is an old slang expression for the man of the house has split,” Zito says with a smirk, “My life now couldn’t be further from that.”

Happy, successful, surrounded by his loving family and juggling a fistful of celebrated projects, perhaps you’d understand if Mike were content to rest on his laurels. Not a chance. In 2014, as Songs From The Road proves, that endless freeway is still a siren-call that this lifelong road-dog can’t ignore. “The road is part of the story,” he concludes, “and that’s why there are so many songs about it. When a tour ends, I can’t wait to get home. But by the week after, I’m itching to get back out there. It’s like the song says, the road never ends.”

What the Critics say…….

…his fiery Strat playing elevates each and every song, as do the swallow-your-emotions vocals. –Vintage Guitar

…one of the finest, most creative musicians on the competitive blues-roots scene. –Blues Revue Magazine

His music flows into the veins and moves the body in ways that can only be described as free and wild… –Jazz Times

Greyhound
Mike Zito couldn’t help but be great. It was either that, probably, or end up on a wanted poster in the post office. There is something deep down in Zito’s soul that will not stop screaming, pushing him to take life to the limit and worry about the tab later. Before he found music and really let it become the guiding force in his world, the young man ran in all the wrong directions. Sometimes people were chasing him, but just as often Mike Zito was running from himself. Finally there was nowhere to run. It was time to literally face the music. And what Zito found was that he had a sound buried inside, something that was trying to get out and share itself with the world.

That’s where the Greyhound bus enters the picture — in a big way, because the singing guitarist grabbed one out of town with a ticket to anywhere else. When he got there, Zito started playing like his life depended on it, because it actually did. He put his shoulders and heart into it with everything he had, and worked his way up the mountain to where he stands today.

Greyhound, produced by Grammy-award winning guitarist/singer/songwriter Anders Osborne, is the continuation of the songwriting process established by Zito on his two previous critically acclaimed recordings on Eclecto Groove Records. His music retains its bluesy Americana charm and big wide-open Texas sound as he explores more personal and introspective themes inspired by that fateful bus trip that helped determine his path in life.

There have been hundreds of shows, a few albums, and the same desire to make a claim on eternity. That’s where the music lives, and that’s where Mike Zito is destined to go. Thank God for that Greyhound. Mike Zito got there.

2009 Blues Music award winner Mike Zito is one of those rare artist that can sing like nobody’s business, can write songs that instantly grip you, play one hell of a mean Gulf Coast style guitar and has the stage presence to draw in any audience. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO he grew up listening to Van Halen and Led Zepplin and it wasn’t until later he became interested in the great blues men who were from in and around St. Louis. On his 2011 Blue Music Award nominated CD (Best Blue Rock) Delta Groove release “Greyhound” he tells the rest of the story of how things could have been much different. He lived a rugged life much like many great musician endings while his beginning had not yet begun. Homeless, addiction, living the life of a criminal Zito had reached his rock bottom before cleaning up and ending up in Texas to live a sober life still today. It would be fair to say that is the time he draws from that creates all the emotion in his guitar style and singing. In 2009 Zito and Neville won the Blues Music award for “Song of the Year” for “Pearl River” the title track to Zito’s 2009 release. Zito comes armed with raw tone and pure grit that he can turn on a dime into silky smooth guitar melodies but it is the aged depth to his vocal that make Mike Zito stand out amongst the other cats claiming to have “the stuff”. Some lucky bastards are just born with it!!

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Miles Aubrey

Miles Aubrey is a multi-talented performer who\’s played guitar on the Grand Ole Opry, acted on Broadway, and been directed in film by Clint Eastwood. Other appearances include the Tonight Show, Tony Awards, Ellen, Seth Meyers and Live with Kelli. As a guitarist, he\’s been featured in All Star Guitar Night and toured the country with major label acts, currently with four-time Grammy nominee Brandy Clark. He also has two Broadway shows under his belt, most notably nine years in the smash hit Jersey Boys. Miles is honored to play Wampler pedals.

Role: Singer, guitarist, actor
Products: Ego Compressor;Latitude Standard – Tremolo;Tom Quayle – Dual Fusion

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Neal Schon

Country: United States Band: Journey Website

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Neil Jones

Country: United Kingdom Band: Solo Artist

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Nicky Moroch

Country: United States Band: David Sanborn Band Website

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Oli Brown

2012 British Blues Awards Best Young Artist Runner up: Best Guitarist 2011 British Blues Awards Best Band Best Album (Heads I Win Tails You Lose) 2010 British Blues Awards Best Male Vocalist Best Young Artist ‚pull out a chair at the big boys table, Oli Brown has arrived! Classic Rock ‚Oli brings a freshness and excitement to every performance and is at the forefront of the UK’s new Blues movement. Planet Rock Radio ‚Puts on a masterful show The Times ‚The hottest young pistol in British Blues Mojo ‚One of the best and brightest guitar heroes performing in the world today Classic Rock

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Pancho Cia

Country: Argentina Band: Solo Artist

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Pat Buchanan

When music fans think of The Beach Boys\’ Pet Sounds, they most likely think of Brian Wilson. When you mention World Party, those in the know credit Karl Wallinger his due. When you become addicted to the music of Idle Jets, you can send your thanks to Pat Buchanan. Idle Jets has been Pat\’s own \”Pet Sounds\”, a work in progress for several years while making his mark as an in-demand session guitarist and staff songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee. The songs (all co-written with Swandive\’s Bill DeMain) and the production (co-produced with Bill\’s brother, Jim Demain) are an artistic breakthrough for a multi-talented writer and musician with an amazing resume of musical experience at his fingertips. Having traveled the world touring and recording with such diverse and successful acts as Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper and Cameo, Pat made Nashville his home a few years ago to get off the highway and concentrate on songwriting and studio work. That was a great choice considering his success as a session player for country acts like Travis Tritt, Rodney Crowell, Tanya Tucker, Kim Richey, and countless others. Idle Jets, however, comes from Pat\’s love of guitar-pop… whether it\’s XTC, Jellyfish, or Marshall Crenshaw (Pat played on Marshall\’s last album under the pseudonym, Jay Sdad). His stunning skill as a guitarist, along with a fan\’s enthusiasm, led him straight to a charter membership in Nashville\’s pop scene that includes friends Bill Lloyd, Brad Jones, Ross Rice, Robin Eaton and of course, Swandive. The Idle Jets\’ debut album is built around instantly memorable melodies, well-crafted lyrics, and musicianship. It has both the inspired abandon that true rock\’n\’roll requires but also amazing precision. The Idle Jets, consisting of Pat Buchanan, guitars and vocals, Greg Morrow, drums and percussion, Tony Harrell, keyboards, Alison Prestwood, bass, can offer both, and their presence is more than evident on the album. The last few years have witnessed a renaissance of sorts for fans of Pop music. Both major record labels and a host of independents have seemingly solidified the international scene. With the arrival of Idle Jets, the timing couldn\’t be better.

Role: Session guitarist
Products: Tweed ’57

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Paul Jackson

”I think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we\’re about,\” Blackberry Smoke singer-guitarist-songwriter Charlie Starr says of Holding All the Roses, the band\’s fourth studio album and its first Rounder release.

Indeed, Holding All the Roses compellingly captures the energy, attitude and honesty that have already helped to make Blackberry Smoke one of America\’s hottest live rock \’n\’ roll outfits, as well as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base that reflects the band\’s tireless touring regimen and staunch blue-collar work ethic. The 12-song set—produced by Brendan O\’Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—showcases the Atlanta-based quintet\’s emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Starr\’s raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson\’s snarling guitars, Brandon Still\’s hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner. The songs\’ musical and emotional appeal is further elevated by the band\’s three-part vocal harmonies and expanded arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion.

The five musicians\’ instinctive musical rapport manifests itself equally strongly on such surging rockers as \”Let Me Help You (Find the Door),\” \”Living in the Song\” and \”Wish In One Hand,\” and on such intimate, introspective tunes as \”Woman in the Moon,\” \”Too High\” and the stirring, acoustic-textured \”No Way Back to Eden.\” The album\’s musical and emotional depth demonstrates how Blackberry Smoke continues to extend and expand the Southern rock tradition. The musical maturity that\’s on display throughout Holding All the Roses underlines Blackberry Smoke\’s steady evolution from rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock \’n\’ roll juggernaut.

Since its formation in 2000, the band has never shied away from hard work, playing more than 250 shows a year and building an ever-expanding audience on the strength of its live shows, and with a noticeable lack of mainstream hype. \”We\’ve built our audience one fan at a time,\” states drummer Brit Turner. \”Sometimes it feels like we know every one of them personally, and we\’re constantly amazed and moved by their loyalty and passion.\” Along the way, Blackberry Smoke has found time to record a handful of independent releases, including the albums Bad Luck Ain\’t No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie, and The Whippoorwill (the latter on country megastar Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label), plus a pair of EPs, the concert DVD Live at the Georgia Theatre, and the live CD/DVD set Leave A Scar. Although those releases found favor with fans and were received warmly by critics, the band members feel that Holding All the Roses marks the first time that Blackberry Smoke has had the time and resources to make an album that properly captures their musical essence. \”In the past, we never really had the resources to make the kind of records we wanted to make,\” says Charlie, adding, \”But this time around, everything lined up, and we were able to create an album that covers a lot of musical ground and works as a listening experience from beginning to end.\” It certainly helped that the band found a kindred musical spirit in producer O\’Brien, whose affinity for solid songcraft and knack for capturing transcendent moments of musical inspiration made him the ideal man to capture Blackberry Smoke\’s restless spirit in the studio. \”The whole experience was refreshing and spontaneous,\” Charlie says of the album\’s birth cycle. \”We got it done pretty quickly, but it didn\’t feel like we were in a hurry. We chose the songs to represent the different things that we do, and we took the time to work out the running order and figure out how the album should flow. There are a bunch of three-minute songs on there, and a couple that are under three minutes, plus a couple that open up a little bit more and get a little bit jammy, and Brendan was very open about approaching each song to give it what it needed.\” \”It was a way more comfortable record to make than anything we\’d done before,\” adds Brit. \”We were excited to work with Brendan for so many reasons, one being that he gets us and we don\’t have to explain where we\’re coming from, which hasn\’t always been the case in the past. We were all on the same page about the music, so we could just get down to business.\” Getting down to business is something that Blackberry Smoke has always been good at. In addition to winning fans and friends throughout the United States, they\’ve toured Europe three times, had their songs featured in movie and video-game soundtracks, and performed for country legend George Jones (who guested on the band\’s second album) on his 80th birthday. Jones isn\’t the only notable artist who\’s come out as a Blackberry Smoke fan. Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Grace Potter and the Zac Brown Band have all gone on record as admirers, while ZZ Top\’s Billy Gibbons admiringly advised, \”The band is tight enough. Quit practicing!,\” and no less an authority than Gregg Allman stated \”That band is gonna put Southern Rock back on the map.\” The critics agree. The Washington Post proclaimed them “a band that can reclaim Southern Rock for the South,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution declared, “The Atlanta quintet is the real deal.” Billboard praised their “epic-sounding ballads,” andThe New Orleans Times-Picayune called them \”an airtight band that is far smarter and more sophisticated than casual observers may realize…Blackberry Smoke\’s amalgamation of hearty Southern rock, alt-country and deep soul is equally suited for roadhouses or arenas.\”

The acclaim extends to the other side of the Atlantic. The London Times noted, \”Unpretentious and as musically tight as you would expect a band who plays night after night would be, Blackberry Smoke brought a little bit of Georgia sunshine to a rainy night in London.\” The English hard-rock journal Kerrang! proclaimed, \”Blackberry Smoke are now a Big Deal… They\’ve achieved it simply because they\’re awesome.\” Much of that awesomeness lies in the potent musical and personal rapport that\’s at the core of Blackberry Smoke\’s music. \”It\’s evolved over the years, but that chemistry has been there from day one,\” says Charlie. \”It\’s always been about the five of us listening to each other and creating something that belongs to all of us. When we started, we were young and impatient, playing everything too fast and with everything always turned up to 10. But eventually you calm down and settle into the music, and you learn to play with patience and soul.\” \”Everything with us has been a natural progression, but it\’s always felt like it\’s been about the five of us and about the chemistry,\” Brit asserts. \”Me and my brother and Charlie had played together a lot in other bands, so that was a really strong foundation. And all five of us grew up loving songs that were really well-crafted, whether they were by the Beatles or the Stones or Aerosmith or Skynyrd. That\’s a big part of our common ground, and I think that we\’re always trying to come up with songs and records that are as good as the ones that we grew up with.\” While the five bandmates are excited that their move to Rounder offers the potential of reaching new listeners, they\’re not planning on altering their approach for mass consumption. \”The plan for this record,\” Charlie says, \”is to go out and play as much as we can, and just take it to the people. There\’s so much that\’s out of your hands when you release a record, but that\’s the part that we can control. That, and making an effort to make a better record every time.\” \”We\’ve always been really hands-on and deeply involved, and that\’s not going to change,\” concludes Brit, who adds, \”The thing is, we really do care about this stuff, and we don\’t have it in us to phone it in. We really care about what we do, and we care about every person who comes to see us play, even the jackass who\’s screaming for the song that we just played. So we\’re ready to pick up the ball and run with it.\”

Role: Guitarist / Songwriter
Products: Faux Tape Echo v2;Euphoria

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Paul Waggoner

Country: United States Band: Between The Buried And Me Website

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Phil Hilborne

“Musical Education: Classical Guitar – Studied with Prof. W.Grandison (Trinity College) and Harpsichordist D.Galbraith.

Electric Guitar – Self taught.

Tours: 1986-2008 UK, Europe and USA with Phil Hilborne Band and Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden).

Many live demonstrations and clinics for leading music companies; including Gibson, Ampeg, Cornford, Vigier, Paiste, Sonor, Zildjian, PRS, Washburn, Fender, Seymour Duncan, Larrivée, Beyer Dynamic, Kitty Hawk, Crate, Hohner, Ernie Ball, Marshall, Premier etc.

For the past 18 years Phil has been part of Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain\’s touring clinic band and has done many successful gigs/tours with him including his \’Rhythms Of The Beast\’ and \’Return Of The Beast\’ tours, Frankfurt Music Messe 1993, 1994, 2003, 2004, Drummer Live Show 2004, 2005, 2006 and the London Guitar Show 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 (with Nicko), 1993 (without Nicko), London International Music Show 2008 (without Nicko)¬†Flashback MME Arena Tour USA 2008

Other Live Performances: Since 2002 Phil has regularly performed in the hugely successful Queen/Ben Elton musical \’We Will Rock You\’ at the Dominion Theatre in London\’s West End. Phil has performed at the show with Brian May on several occasions.

Over the years Phil has performed with many well known artists including: John Entwistle (The Who), Glen Hughes (Deep Purple), Keith Emerson (ELP/The Nice), Martin Taylor, Geoff Whitehorn (Procul Harum/Paul Rodgers), Ace (Skunk Anansie), Snails Pace Slim (Hamsters), Mo Foster (Phil Collins/Jeff Beck), Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Blaze Bayley, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Brian May (Queen), Eric Roche, Clive Carrol, Dan Huff (Giant/Shania Twain), Neil Murray (Whitesnake/Black Sabbath), Narada Michael Walden (Mahavishnu Orchestra/Jeff Beck), Frank Gambale (Chick Corea), Rob Harris (Jamiroquai), Wurzel & Phil Campbell (Motorhead), Ted McKenna (Alex Harvey/MSG), Lee Hodgson, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Vinnie Moore (UFO), Mel Galley (Trapeze/Whitesnake), Hannah Jane Fox (WWRY), Benny Gallagher (Gallagher and Lyle), Rowan Robertson (Dio), Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses), Don Airey (Ozzy Osbourne/Deep Purple), Jaz Lochrie (Bad Company), Paul Samson (Samson), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Peter Johansson (WWRY).

Music Editor: Guitarist magazine (1985-1995)

Music/CD Editor: Guitar Techniques magazine (1994-2003) Contributing Editor (2003-) MD: Curriculum Director – Brighton Institute of Modern Music (2002-2005) Musical Director – National Youth Rock Orchestra (NYRO) (2005-) Teaching: Held numerous guitar clinics in the UK and Europe, including the prestigious Bath International Guitar Festival (1999-2006) Head of guitar at Felsted music school (1993-1999) Visiting faculty; MI London, Guitar Institute Acton, Brighton Institute of Modern Music, Guitar X London, Euro Institute of Music – Malta, Runcorn College of Performing Arts, Academy of Music & Sound, Guitar Break.

Privately Phil has taught literally thousands of guitarists. Ex-pupils have gone on to or have worked in bands such as Bonnie Tyler, Ronnie James Dio, 2 Die 4, Slade, Matchbox, The Wildhearts, Kevin Dubrow (ex-Quiet Riot), It Bites, Mel & Kim, Pepsi & Shirley, Illegal Eagles, The Kooks, Australian Pink Floyd, \’We Will Rock You\’ London, Vienna, Zurich. Phil has also taught one guitarist of the year winner, three finalists and one Ernie Ball Jam 2000 winner. Three ex-pupils currently work as contributors to Guitar Techniques magazine.

Contributor to Lick Library. In 2007 Phil hosted two Steve Vai Master classes for the London International Music Show at Excel.

Recordings: Phil Hilborne Band: Are You Serious? (1992)* Phil Hilborne Band: \’Bout Time\’ (1993) Phil Hilborne Band: 15th Anniversary Album (2001) Phil Hilborne Band: \’S.R.O.\’ featured track on: Bath International Guitar Festival Compilation CD (2000) Phil Hilborne Band: \’The Yogurt Man\’ featured track on: Fret-King Compilation CD (2001) Phil Hilborne Band: \’Strange But True\’ featured track on: Bath International Guitar Festival Compilation CD (2001) Phil Hilborne Band: \’Strange But True\’, \’S.R.O.\’ featured tracks on: Cornford 2002 \’Amp Odyssey\’ (2002) Phil Hilborne: \’Romeo And Juliet\’ featured track on: Bath International Guitar Festival Compilation CD (2002) Phil Hilborne Band: \’Strange But True\’ featured track on: Bath International Guitar Festival Compilation CD (2003) Phil Hilborne Band: \’S.R.O.\’ featured track on: Bath International Guitar Festival Compilation CD (2004) Keeley Pedal Demos (2006/2007) Listen to Keeley Metal Zone demo >> Listen to Keeley Vox Mellow Wah demo >> London Guitar Show website music (2007) Listen to LGS track here >> Moonphaser Demo (2008) *Used as theme tune to Tommy Vance\’s BBC Radio1 Friday Rock Show. Guest on John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Roger Daltrey, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain single: \’Rock And Roll\’. Other Albums/Recordings: In Colour: Now Or Never [single] (1987) Angel Easy: Lightning Strikes (1990) Angel Easy: Angel Easy (1992) Geoff Whitehorn: Big In Gravesend (1994) Drome: Overload (1996) Maria Kern: Tension And Harmony (1996) Bassist Magazine CD (1997) Brian Connoly\’s Sweet: 4 track CD (1997) Memphis Roots: Things Change (1998) Eric Roche: The Perc-U-Lator (1999) Blaze Bayley: Silicon Messiah [co-writer] (2000) Greg Fitch: This Is Greg Fitch (2000) Mark Cherrie: Unplugged (2000) Eric Roche: Spin (2001) Mark Cherrie: Full on Metal (2001) The Definitive Brian Connoly\’s Sweet [2 tracks-Magic Circle & Rock \’N\’ Roll Disgrace] (2001) Guitar solo from Magic Circle >> Tony Muschamp/Frank Gambale: More Bass Please [Wombat Records] (2002) Geoff Whitehorn: Geoff Who? 2002 (2002) The Hamsters: \’Open All Hours\’ (2004) Jeff Green: \’Jessica\’ (2008) Jessica Review >> Jamie Humphries and Jason Campbell: \’J\’ (2008) 100 plus Guitar Techniques Magazine CDs (1994-) Guitar Total [Spain] CD (1999-) Various tracks for Guitarist magazine CD\’s, Total Accuracy CDs and Total Guitar CD\’s.

Producer/Engineer: Dave Kilminster/Fraser T Smith: Playing With Fire (1996) Lee Hodgson: Hot Country Book CD (1997) B.C.Sweet: 4 track CD (1997) Memphis Roots: Things Change (1998) Ernie Ball/Musicman: Demo Tracks (1998) David Mead: Guitar Workout Book CD (1999) Eric Roche: The Perc-U-Lator (1999) Gene Lab: Anorak Lou [Unplugged] (1999) David Mead: 100 Guitar Tips Book CD (2000) Greg Fitch: This Is Greg Fitch (2000) Bath International Guitar Festival Compilation CD [4 Tracks] (2000) Bath International Guitar Festival Compilation CD [3 Tracks] (2001) Fret-King Compilation CD [2 Tracks] (2001) Eric Roche: Spin (2001) Modicum: (2001) – Compiled/Mastered/Edited Pete Riley: Double Trouble Book CD (2001) – Compiled/Mastered/Edited Martin Taylor: Guitar Method [Mel Bay] (2002) David Mead: 100 Acoustic Guitar Tips (2002) Cornford 2002 \’Amp Odyssey\’ (2002) Bath International Guitar Festival Compilation CD [2 Tracks] (2002) Guthrie Govan: Creative Guitar Books 1 and 2 CD\’s [Sanctuary Publishing] (2002) The Fellowship:(2002) – Compiled/Mastered/Edited No Regrets:(2002) – Compiled/Mastered Zakk Barrett: \’11 by 4\’ (2002) – Compiled/Mastered/Edited Adrian Legg: Guitar Bones [Favored Nations] (2003) David Mead: Chords & Scales [Sanctuary Publishing] (2003) – Compiled/Mastered/Edited Jane: Up Close & Real (2003) – Compiled/Mastered Pete Riley: \’100 Tips For Drums\’ Book CD [Sanctuary Publishing] (2003) – Compiled/Mastered/Edited Roger Kain: \’The Complete Vocal Workout\’ [Sanctuary Publishing] (2003) – Compiled/Mastered/Edited David Mead: \’100 Tips For Blues Guitar\’ [Sanctuary Publishing] (2003) – Compiled/Mastered/Edited Clive Carroll: \’Pachelbel\’s Canon\’ [BMG/RCA Victor] (2003) – Mastered/Edited BIMM Technical Development CD (2003) Roger Kain: \’Extreme Vocal Workout\’ [Sanctuary Publishing] (2004) The Hamsters: \’Open All Hours\’ (2004) Adrian Legg: Inheritance [Favored Nations] (2004) Adrian Legg: \’Live\’ (2006) Neil Murray: \’Ren√© Thomsens ‚ÄòRuthless‚Äô album ‚Äì ‚ÄòScream For Me‚Äô (2007) The Who playalong CD [Faber Publishing] (2008) Jeff Green: \’Jessica\’ (2008) Jessica Review >> Clive Swift/Stuart Morely: \’Just Pastiche\’ (2008)

Television: Numerous sessions for TV and Radio including a documentary for the BBC Open University \’Studies in Music, Interpretation & Analysis, The Appropriation of Classical Music in Heavy Metal\’. Phil\’s appearances on TV include: BBC Breakfast, BBC News 24, Channel 4 (Musicool mentor), BBC1 (sessions).

Magazines: Phil has written literally hundreds of articles for guitar magazines: \’Guitarist\’ (1985-1995) \’Solo Analysis Playing Rock Guitar\’ [series], \’Style Files\’ and numerous interviews. \’Guitar Techniques\’ (1995-current) \’Phil Hilborne\’s A-Z of Great Riff\’s\’ [series], \’1 Minute Lick\’ [series] plus many song transcriptions and DVD features. Other magazines that have used Phil\’s work include: \’Guitar World\’ (USA), \’Guitar Player\’ (USA), \’Total Guitar\’ (UK), \’Rhythm\’ (UK), \’Bassist\’ (UK), \’Play Music\’ (UK), \’Guitar\’ (France), \’Guitarista\’ (Spain). Books: Solo (1987) Led Zeppelin Off The Record (1988) Contributor to Harry Shapiro and Caesar Glebbeek: Jimi Hendrix Electric Gypsy (1990) Elton John Rockscore (1991) Reijo Hittunen\’s Chord Method [Editor] (1993) Contributor to The Techniques Series \’Unplugged\’ [Sanctuary Publishing] (1996) Featured Artist/Contributor to \’Seventeen Watts\’ Mo Foster [Sanctuary Publishing] (1997) \’Hang on to a Dream – The Story of The Nice\’ by Martyn Hanson [Helter Skelter] (2002) – Featured Artist \’Creative Guitar 3 – Effects and Recording\’ [Sanctuary Publishing] (2003) A Guitarists FAQ (contributor) [Sanctuary Publishing] (2008) Queen Greatest Hits 1 [Faber Publishing] (2008) Instructional Video: Phil Hilborne Rock Basics [Warner Bros] (1992) 5 Queen tracks for NowPlayIt.com [Queen] (2007) Numerous workshops for Guitar Techniques DVD (2007+)

Interviews: Phil been interviewed on many occasions – some recent can be found at – www.thegigrig.com , www.alloutguitar.com (a very long one!), www.americanmadeguitars.com (audio).”

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Phil Short

“Phil started playing classical guitar at the age of 9. He received his first electric guitar for his 11th birthday, and by the time he was 14, was already playing in bands and gigging. At 16, Phil did his first live TV performance for the midlands regional BBC Children in Need programme with his pop punk band Forgotten. Phil moved to London aged 19 to study at BIMM London (formerly Tech Music Schools) for 3 years under the tuition and guidance of John Wheatcroft (Head of Guitar/Guitar Techniques magazine) and Jim Clark (Deputy Head of Guitar/Guitar Techniques magazine/Guitarist magazine), graduating with a BMus (Hons).

Since moving to London, Phil in his professional career has gone on to perform, record and tour as a session musician with a number of artists, most notably Chipmunk and Tyler James. Phil\’s session career has seen him work at Maida Vale studios, perform on live television such as Channel 4, and play at major UK festivals such as BBC Radio 1\’s Big Weekend and the Isle of Wight festival. His radio work includes BBC Radio 1\’s Live Lounge, Capital (as part of the Global Radio network), and regional radio all over the UK. Beyond his industry work Phil has been involved in numerous live albums in the contemporary Christian music scene, recording and playing with American songwriter Devon Kauflin and UK based gospel singer, Mark Beswick. Phil\’s most recent and prestigious achievement was to win the international Guitar Idol competition in 2016, earning him recognition as one of the UK\’s best up-and-coming guitar players.

Phil\’s musical inspiration is diverse. Having grown up on a diet of Queen and Pink Floyd in his early years, he then discovered 90s/00s Nu Metal and a hunger for heavy music begun. Listening to bands in the melodic death metal genre like In Flames and Arch Enemy, a craving for melody and lead guitar playing was kindled. It wasn\’t until the age of 17 that a school friend introduced Phil to the music of Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and Dream Theater. This was Phil\’s main musical diet until the age of 19 when, through his studies at BIMM, he discovered jazz, funk, blues and soul for the first time, and came across guitar players like Guthrie Govan, Greg Howe and Richie Kotzen, who combined a hard rock style with jazz, blues and fusion influences. Phil now enjoys a much wider variety of musical genres, particularly groove and funk, which all add to his chosen style of playing and composition.

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Randall Currie

Country: United States Band: Brad Paisley Website

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Rick Neilson

If Rick Nielsen weren’t one of rock and roll’s most colorful and accomplished characters in real life, there’s no way to have dreamed him up. A homemade cartoon figure who is also a down-to-earth family man. A superlative guitarist who makes it look like a goof onstage. An inveterate joker whose best-known song is a sincere request for love. You think it’s all an image, a pose? Spend a few minutes with the man and you’ll find out just how wrong you are. After more than four decades in the spotlight, Rick Nielsen’s accomplishments and enormous guitar collection could fill ,in fact, have filled ,a museum, and he’s still going strong. He has all the accolades of rock stardom, as well as a songbook that is deeply ingrained in the American rock psyche and the respect and admiration of fans and A-list musicians alike. He also has the infectious enthusiasm of a five-year-old hyped on chocolate bars. As a prescient but sloppy first-grade teacher wrote on his report card, ‚’He doesn’t seem to know when too keep quiet.’Rick Nielsen makes the human connection as well as anyone in rock. He knows everybody, remembers nearly everything and still has a fan\’s enthusiasm for the music he loves. In Rockford, Illinois (pop. 150,000), Rick ,who grew up there in his parents’ music store — is less global rock icon than hometown king, a celebrity who is known from New York to Japan but always returns to the roost. His unique fashion sense makes him as inconspicuous as a prison escapee, but his neighbors take it in stride. In person, he\’s just a regular guy … a regular guy who has traveled the world his entire life, has a cellarful of gold and platinum albums and owns enough guitars to equip a small army. (And where else would he come from but a city that notes, on its official website, ‚’Much to Rockford’s chagrin, it was once known as the ‘Screw Capital of the World’ because of the billions of screws, bolts and fasteners its factories produced for the manufacturers of the world.‚Äù) This is a man who values his brand enough to bet his eye teeth on it ,get close enough, and Rick will gladly show off the checkerboard crowns that now shame the ordinary pearly whites in his mouth. The Don Juan of guitars thoroughly embraces his obsessions. (And, no, the tastefully appointed and empty-nest house he shares with his charming wife Karen, who married him before Cheap Trick came into being, doesn’t follow the motif.) But expectations can be hard to shake. For many, Rick Nielsen will eternally be the character he invented — the smirking smart-aleck with the flipped-up baseball cap and the upraised thumbs. He adds a caricature of that look to his autograph, has it emblazoned on the guitar picks he hurls at audiences by the fistload and made it the basis of his unique ‚’Uncle Dick’twin-neck Hamer guitar. No one can argue that he hasn’t earned his typecasting. But don’t for an instant imagine that it’s all fun and games, or that it’s easy to make your way in the world as a working musician. Digging ditches? Of course not, it’s not backbreaking work like that (although his five-neck guitar is a mighty heavy burden to shoulder), but keeping a career — not to mention a marriage, a family and a band — together for decades is serious business. For all Rick’s clowning on stage, this exceedingly skilled guitarist effortlessly plays challenging riffs without missing a note. Making it look easy invites underestimation, and making fun of yourself while you’re acting nonchalant reinforces that impression. Rick makes it look easy. But no one can accomplish as much as he has without taking his responsibilities seriously. In addition to all things Cheap Trick, there’s his Chicago pizzeria/brewery Piece, The Stockholm Inn in Rockford, charity work, business investments, guitar and footwear design and who knows what else — not to mention a songwriting catalogue that includes some all-time rock and roll classics. Recording with John Lennon, performing the entirety of Sgt. Pepper’s live (a feat that album’s creators never even envisioned) or amassing one of the world’s greatest collection of electric guitars is just the sort of applied effort that is bred into the Midwestern work ethic. If you think he’s fooling around, well, he is, and he’s not. Rick Nielsen was born into a life of music. Not to the sound of rock and roll — he had to find that on his own. But the rest of it was his birthright: the travel, the commitment, the devotion to entertaining people with wit and humor. His 1948 birth announcement reads ‚’Presenting Opus Number One by Ralph and Marilyn Nielsen. This is the first work on which these two composers have collaborated, and they have chosen to call it Richard Alan Nielsen.’Now he’s known as ‚’Grumpy’to his grandchildren. Some things never change. Since Cheap Trick was launched in 1974 the band’s achievements have mounted up to the sky: more than 20 million albums sold, eight Top 40 singles, more than 40 gold and platinum awards. They’ve played in excess of 5,000 shows, in every great (and not so great) concert hall in the world. They’ve been profiled in just about any publication you care to name and have performed on every TV show that books bands. Their songs rock dozens of film soundtracks and the finest karaoke bars in Japan. And with no end in sight, the story continues to be written.

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Rico Thomas

Country: United States Band: Newsong Website

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Ron Sayer Jr.

Ron Sayer Jr. is the consummate ‘Guitarist’s guitarist’. As a trained music teacher having influenced the learning curves of the likes of Oli Brown, Sol Philcox, The Sharps & Mark Howes of Dove & Boweevil he’s now a mainstay on the UK blues circuit. He was nominated for no less than four awards in the British Blues Awards in 2013 in the album ‘Better Side’, band, song ‘Don’t Make Me Stay’ and guitarist categories walking away with runner-up in band of the year, he also co-wrote Oli Brown’s third album ‘Here I Am’ and won another British Blues Award for co-writing the title track. He was voted Guitarist Of The Year by Guitarist Magazine, was voted 4th Best Bassist in Blues Matters Magazine and has a degree in music to boot. He has worked with/supported Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Matt Schofield, Nine Below Zero, Ten Years After, Robin Trower among others.

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Ross Swanton

Country: Canada Band: Solo Artist

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Roy Kariok

Born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Roy picked up the guitar in early age and immidiatly fell in love. While studying with different private teachers in his teens Roy attended the renowned Rimon School of Music in Israel where he graduated with honors. While still in school Roy toured Israel and made several appearances at the Red Sea Jazz Festiva supporting different artists as well as with his own then-popular Jazz-Rock band ‚ÄúTimezone‚Äù. Soon he made a name for himself as one of the top upcoming young guitar players in Israel, During 2002 Roy won the ‚ÄúJazz player of the year‚Äù competition in Israel and was sent to Helsinki, Finland to represent Israel at the yearly IASJ jazz meeting ( 100 most promising jazz students from all over the world) for a week of performance and classes. Roy decided to go ahead and audition for the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he received a scholarship to continue his education. After graduating in 2005 with honors he decided to move to Los-Angeles to pursue his dream and move forward with his career, Since his move to the Los-Angeles Roy was fortunate to record and tour with different artists all over the world Among them are – Toni Braxton The Backstreet Boys Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds Keyshia Cole Natalia Lesz Paula Valstein MOSHAV And more..

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Rufus Barnes-Miller

Country: United Kingdom Band: Solo Artist Website

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Ryan Davidson

Country: Canada Band: Solo Artist Website

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Ryan Swing

Ryan Swing was born on Chicago’s South Side and started playing guitar at the age of fourteen. Born with a deep passion for a broad variety of musical styles, Swing studied with Grammy award winner and jazz giant Frank J. Rumoro at the Chicago Acadamy of Jazz Guitar. Since that time he has made a name for himself as a teacher, performer, session guitarist, and true stylistic chameleon. With hundreds of live performances under his belt, he has been actively touring the East Coast with several nationally recognized artists since 2014. Ryan is currently lead guitarist for \The Voice\” country star Audra McLaughlin.

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Scott Poley

Scott Poley is a music producer, songwriter and session musician from Liverpool, UK. In 2007, Scott graduated with an honours degree in Sound Technology from Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). Inspired to pick up the guitar by the music of George Harrison and Buddy Holly, Scott is now a highly accomplished player of guitar / pedal steel / lap steel / dobro & mandolin. He has toured, recorded and written music across the UK, Europe and North America and is currently a recommended producer and session player at Parr Street Studios (Liverpool). Scott can also be seen and heard working with artists including Peter Asher (manager and producer of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt), Cherry Ghost, Joe Topping & The Vagrant Kings, Jon Walmsley (Richard Marx band) and in ‘You’ve Got A Friend’a show celebrating the music of Carole King and James Taylor (touring UK 2016). 2016 will see the release of Scott’s first album of original music. The album features 10 original songs and collaborations with some of the UK’s finest vocalists & session musicians and special guests such as legendary guitarists Albert Lee & Oz Noy. Scott endorses ‘Little Walter Tube Amps’, ‘Whitfill Custom Guitars’, ‘One Control’ switching systems & ‘Wampler Pedals’.

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Seth Morrison

Country: United States Band: Skillet Website

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Shawn Tubbs

Country: United States Band: Carrie Underwood Website

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Simon McBride

Predicted to be the next Irish guitar hero in the footsteps of Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, Simon McBride has undeniable guitar artistry combined with a fine voice and a real knack for creating memorable hooks and great melodies. His latest CD Crossing The Line is a fiery amalgam of guitar skills, songcraft and character-soaked vocals. Recorded in Northern Ireland and The USA, mixing of the album was placed in the experienced hands of New York-based Peter Denenberg, the veteran producer and engineer whose CV takes in everyone from Deep Purple to the Spin Doctors and Robert Cray. Industry critics reckon this is the album that truly delivers on McBride’s potential. And what potential. Rewind to the early-’90s, and you didn’t have to squint to spot future greatness in the unassuming kid from Belfast, who picked up his first guitar at ten and eschewed formal lessons to bend his fingers around the music of the guitsar legends of the day. Aged 15, Simon won Guitarist‚’s hotly-contested Young Guitarist of the Year competition in a Wembley Conference Centre showdown, and at 16, he turned pro, leaving education behind to tour the world as a hired gun in projects that ranged from metal with Sweet Savage, to R&B and soul with ex-Commitments vocalist Andrew Strong. Even by the lofty standards of Northern Ireland, where drinkers still raise a toast to the audacious talent of the late Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, this young maestro’s name was soon starting to be dropped in the same reverential breath. Certainly, Simon is a fan, and the energy and aggression of his live show recalls those much-missed Irish masters, but when he released his debut album Rich Man Falling in 2008, it was clear this musician was nobody’s heir, but rather his own artist. This is the sound of a world-class talent.

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Sol Philcox

Country: United States Band: Solo Artist

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Steph Honde

Country: France Band: Solo Artist

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Steve Rutledge

Country: United States Band: Solo Artist Website

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Tom Longworth

Tom Longworth is a session guitar player and songwriter based in Birmingham / London U.K. Tom has sessioned with many artists spanning various genres including rock, pop, folk and blues. Artists Tom has worked with include Jamie Scott & The Town, Natalie Imbruglia, Charlotte Church, Ben\’s Brother, Gabrielle Aplin and more recently Robbie Williams. Tom has also worked in a studio environment with various producers / engineers; Robert Flack (Florence & The Machine / Robbie Williams), Tony & Chris Griffiths (The Real People / Rooster), Bob Lamb (UB40 / Duran Duran), Danny Sprigg (Bring Me The Horizon / Ocean Colour Scene) and Tom Rothrock (Beck / James Blunt). Tom is currently working with LoveRock! Productions as in-house guitarist / songwriter.

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Tom Monda

“As the bandleader of the critically acclaimed rock septet Thank You Scientist, Tom\’s unique voice as an instrumentalist and arranger/producer has caught the ear of many adventurous listeners. His unique usage of fretless guitar, as well as non-traditional rock instruments such as shamisen and sitar has garnered him considerable attention. Thank You Scientist\’s most recent release, Stranger Heads Prevail (produced by Monda),¬†debuted at #14 on the Billboard rock charts and broke the Billboard Top 200 upon it\’s release, an unprecedented achievement for a band so left of center.

The band has toured and performed with a wide array of artists, including Coheed and Cambria, Devin Townsend, Fishbone, The Aristocrats, Periphery, Yes, Adrian Belew, and many others. Tom is an in demand sideman in the greater New York City area, performing in a myriad number of stylistically divergent musical contexts including but not limited to jazz, world music, hip hop, r&b/gospel, free improvisation, pop and country.¬† As a sideman Tom has performed with Bumblefoot (Guns N\’Roses), Ike Willis (Frank Zappa), and many others. While not on tour, he maintains a weekly residency in Asbury Park, where his trio performs deconstructed jazz, pop and funk classics with reckless abandon.

Tom is also an active educator and clinician, with a student roster featuring a number of accomplished professional musicians. Tom holds a degree in Music Education/Jazz Guitar from Montclair State University.  He is a contributing author for Premier Guitar Magazine, and in addition has been featured in publications such as Young Guitar and Guitar World.

\Monda is a monster who can hang with the shredders”

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Toni Martinez

Country: Spain Band: Solo Artist Website

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Tyler Chiarelli

Country: United States Band: Florida Georgia Line Website

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Vince Gill

For Down to My Last Bad Habit, his 18th studio album, it would have been easy for Vince Gill to kick back a bit. After all, when you’ve sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys, and earned 18 CMA Awards (including two Entertainer of the Year trophies), you’ve done it all, right? Not a chance, says this musician extraordinaire, who produced his new album with engineer Justin Niebank. Down to My Last Bad Habit, available February 12, is his first solo album as part of a new deal with MCA, the label he joined in 1989. ‘Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music’ says Gill, sitting in his home studio in Nashville. ‘At the end of the day, what I get excited about is doing something I haven’t done before. When I record a song, I feel successful if I’ve accomplished something new. ’That’s no small feat, considering that on his first solo album since 2011’s Guitar Slinger, Gill returns to his favorite theme, love in all its incarnations: Love sweet and celebrated (‘Me and My Girl’ ‘My Favorite Movie’), love on fire (‘Take Me Down’ ‘Make You Feel Real Good’), love denied (‘I’ll Be Waiting for You’ ‘Down to My Last Bad Habit’), and love lost and mourned (‘I Can’t Do This’‘ Reasons for the Tears I Cry’). The Oklahoma native wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album. ‘I love the diversity of the songs. Some of them are brand new, and some of them have a lot of years on them’ he notes. Gill took two years to make the record, during which he co-produced the second of two albums (Like a Rose, The Blade) with the old-soul vocalist Ashley Monroe. And with steel guitar wizard Paul Franklin, he recorded Bakersfield, an album composed of the hard-country songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The new album likewise acknowledges country’s deep roots with the steel-guitar laced ‘Sad One Coming On (A Song for George Jones).’Gill, who approximates Jones’ clench-jawed vocal, sang at Jones’ funeral in 2013, but he was so broken up that he could hardly get through it. He wrote the new song as a way to assuage his own pain, and to give the King of Broken Hearts his due as perhaps the greatest country singer ever. ‘If something’s country, I want it to sound about 1958’says Gill, with a laugh. ‘I want it deep, as honest and authentic as it should be.’The songs on Down to My Last Bad Habit run the gamut of styles, including the jazzy ‘One More Mistake I Made’the down-and-dirty Chicago blues of ‘Make You Feel Real Good’and the blistering ‘I Can’t Do This’ which hearkens to the pop power ballads of the ‘70s. One of the album’s highlights, ‘I Can’t Do This’ captures the excruciating pain of a man who runs into his old flame with her new beau, and remembers the nights ‘I’ve seen that red dress hanging on our bedroom door. ’‘Boy, you talk about torment!’ Gill says. ‘But I like melancholy. It’s light years more fun to sing. There’s so much more emotion in it.’As a producer, Gill wants every note to matter, and to feel equal to the others. He picks his musicians and guest vocalists much the way a film director makes a movie. ‘I’m always casting’he explains. ‘I ask myself, ‘Who’s right for this part? Who will play it the best?’ That to me is the most fun part of making a record. ’While he chose such luminaries as Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Bekka Bramlett, jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, Little Big Town and guitarist Sonny Landreth for this record, he also found new friends in Ellie Holcomb, Charlie Worsham and Cam, in addition to his favorite vocalists close by: daughters Jenny and Corrina. ‘I feel like the Partridge Family is rearing its ugly head in my life’he says, laughing. ‘But in a great way. ’Fresh off a run of Christmas shows at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium with his wife, Christian contemporary and pop legend Amy Grant, Gill reunites with Americana star Lyle Lovett for a 14-city tour in February and March, reprising their witty, wry, and musically superb concerts of 2015. In addition to his own solo concerts, he also does about 30 gigs a year with the Grammy-nominated The Time Jumpers, the sophisticated Nashville-based ensemble dedicated to revitalizing western-swing and classic honky tonk. ‘Since I put this studio in the house, I think I’m playing, singing, and writing better than I ever have’ he offers. ‘And that inspires me.’ Though Down to My Last Bad Habit is sure to appeal to fans old and new. ‘I was meant to play music’ he says, summing it all up. ‘And I don’t want to leave anything in the bag.’

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Warner E. Hodges

World-renowned six-string pioneer, Warner E. Hodges, continues to blaze trails with his signature brand of guitar driven rock. His latest offering, Gunslinger, features 10 new songs that bend, squeeze, and breathe fire into the wood and wire he wields. WEH conjures up many of his classic influences on this record (Zep and AC/DC, to name a few) while finding ways to weave them into his own, now legendary and influential, style and sound. Visit www.warnerehodges.com to feast your ears! Born in Wurtzburg, Germany, Warner cut his teeth on the music of his father, Edger, a serving U.S. Army officer, and his mom, Blanche, who both fronted a USO country music outfit on base. The Hodges family settled in Nashville TN upon returning to the states and Warner soon found himself playing drums in his parents’ band. The bolt of lightning that compelled him to switch to guitar hit at an AC/DC concert in 1973. By the end of the 70’s, the punk movement had invaded Music City U.S.A. and Hodges’ high octane approach to life and the guitar were a perfect match for the burgeoning DIY scene. These early sparks were about to catch and Warner’s legacy was about to begin. Fast forward to 1981. ‘Help Me Warner Go!’ Both words of warning and a battle cry, all in one. Signaling the spinning, smoking, spur-wearing Hodges to action in front of rabid fans of Jason & The Scorchers, the mold-breaking, original wild child of rock n roll aggression and country music roots. The WEH sound is the perfect volatile mixture of these juxtaposed musical brothers. Part Jimmy Page, part Don Rich, Warner blends the two like no other player in history, period! With 10 albums to their credit, The Scorchers are still turning on and inspiring a new generation of alt-country fans and artists. They are the first recipients of the Americana Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award and recently celebrated their 30 year mark with a live DVD release. The band will be performing at the prestigious Kennedy Center in April, 2015 and touring Europe this summer. Visit www.jasonandthescorchers.com for more details. Warner E. Hodges is a busy man these days. In 2009, he joined Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, has recorded two studio albums, including 2014’s Circus Life, and has relentlessly toured internationally with the former Georgia Satellite. 2015 will see Homemade Sin cross Europe in the spring and fall, with dates in the U.S. this summer. Plans to record a new studio album are also in the works. Always searching for new creative roads to explore, Warner formed The Bluefields in 2011, an American rock group from Nashville, where he can stretch his imagination on instruments ranging from Les Paul’s to ukuleles! The band has recorded 3 well-received studio albums, including 2014’s Under High Cotton. When Hodges hits the road in 2015, it’ll be a while before the dust clears. He’ll take the stage with Drivin’ n Cryin’ both in Europe and The States this year in addition to bringing his new album to life for European fans on his solo Gunslinger tour this fall. Check out www.warnerehodges.com to find out where and when WEH will burn through your town!

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Wayne Dahl

Country: United States Band: Martina McBride Band

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Zoe Thomson

Country: United Kingdom Band: The Mini Band Website

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