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Pioneer of modern fusion
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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.close
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.”close
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.close
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 guitaristclose
“Alex is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after guitarists in the region . I have had the pleasure of teaching him and watching him grow. I believe he has the potential to be one the most influential guitarists of his time.” Saxophonist, #1 Smooth Jazz Single “I’m Back”close
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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.close
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
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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.close
Austin Crum is a session/touring guitarist. He has shared the stage with Brent Mason, Vince Gill, Dailey and Vincent, Jimmy Fortune, and many more!!close
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!close
Country: United States Band: Loretta Lynnclose
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”close
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.close
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.close
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.close
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 yearsclose
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.close
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.close
”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.close
“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”close
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.close
Cory J. Wong
Country: United States Band: Solo Artist / Vulfpeck Websiteclose
“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”close
Long time touring guitarist for Alan Jackson.close
“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)”close
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.”close
“Baker’s slinky fusillades are thrilling, and his tone and technique are righteous.” – Guitar Player Magazineclose
“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 USAclose
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”.close
“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!!!close
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.close
Country: Australia Band: Jesse Brownclose
Dory Lobel is a Los Angeles based guitarist, composer and producer. He has toured, performed and recorded with multi-platinum selling artists The Backstreet Boys.close
Country: United Kingdom Band: Die So Fluid Websiteclose
Country: United States Band: Solo Artist Websiteclose
Dustie Waring is a guitarist in the American prog metal band Between The Buried and Me. The band, known for their technical grooves, have an incredible ability to seamlessly transform styles from thick guitar riffs to lush soundscapes.close
Dweezil Zappa 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.close
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. 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.close
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‚ “Fernando Pareta Trio”‚ began live shows with his own compositions and guitar classics in important places in Buenos Aires like‚ La Trastienda‚ Hard Rock Caféclose
Forrest Lee Jr.
Country: United States Band: Solo Artistclose
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!
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.close
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.close
Gary Hooker has been a member of the Brad Paisley touring band for 20 years.close
Giacomo Pasquali was born on 27 July 1989 in Popoli. After 2 years of studying classical piano, he found his way to studying theguitar, at the age of 13.
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.close
Country: United States Band: Solo Artistclose
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.close
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Greg Wurth is a Grammy Nominated, Gold & Platinum award winning producer. He’s been Steve Vai‘s engineer for over a decade with other credits ranging from Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Mary J. Blige, Nuno Bettencourt, Tosin Abasi, LA Guns, & Reignwolf.
As of 2015 Greg has launched two new ventures: “Inside The Studio With Greg Wurth”, a video channel created along with Lisamarie Costabile that offers fun and insightful learning videos as well as interviews with professionals in the industry. The other is “Greg Wurth Audio” which is a pro audio hardware company with the first offering being an all discrete 16 ch. summing mixer called “The Oracle”.
“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.”close
From practicing in their family shed as teenagers in rural Australia, to touring the world with Fleetwood Mac, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, King Tuff, and King Gizzard, it’s been a strange trip for the four Findlay sisters. As Stonefield, they’ve got three albums and thousands of miles under their belts, plus plenty of perspective on what it’s like to fight to make a place for themselves, and tell their own story.close
HeXx Henderson’s 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.close
Jack Gardiner is a 26-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.close
Jack’s insightful understanding of various musical styles and the ability to properly perform each makes him a first class instructor. He has taught at countless guitar clinics and workshops over the years and is expanding as host of his own clinics. He sees the need for others to learn techniques and touches that appear to be dying; either they are no longer passed down or, in some cases, are not correctly understood so are passed down incorrectly. His future plans for online instruction will allow him to reach players around the world who can study at their own pace.
Over the years Jack has also honed his skills behind the board and has earned ample credits for producing, engineering, mixing and mastering projects for others in addition to his own. It’s no surprise that Jack is an extraordinary producer and the proof can be heard on any of his solo recordings, possessing the ability to take a good song and record it in very different styles – not a common skill these days. Jack has said, “I’ve always believed that you can play a good song in any groove or tempo. A truly good song has a life of its own and then it’s just a matter of interpretation and production.” He wants to expand this role and produce more for other artists; drawing from his deep well of talented friends would make for a first rate production for anyone.
Jack Pearson has released four CDs all of which have received praise from critics, colleagues and fans and he’s always working on new music – writing and recording. He plans to release part of his stockpile of recordings as downloads through his own website.
Guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, session-musician…many people in Nashville and beyond can claim those descriptors, but Jack Pearson is a truly gifted performer and an American musical treasure. “If you can only check out one player, make that player Jack Pearson!” Vintage Guitar Magazine.close
Quist started playing guitar at age 6‚ 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.
Quist is maintaining a steady output of original music and ‘Jam Tracks’ for his increasingly popular and fast-growing youtube channel QuistJam (over 95 million views) – as well as attending to ongoing session guitar duties for a host of UK, US and International artists & studios.close
‘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.close
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.close
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.
James has earned the right to be called ‘legend’ over the years that have followed, and is considered to be a true master of his art.close
Jamie M. Harrison is an American songwriter, recording artist, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and clinician.
Originally from the Chicagoland area he studied under his father, Chicago Punk Pioneer, Jim Skafish. His resume includes work with multiple Grammy award-winning artists such as T Bone Burnett, Nathan East, Larry Mitchell, Jerry Doug Geist, and Country Music hit songwriter George Ducas. Jamie has toured extensively across the United States and played internationally in Panama, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Jamie also regularly demonstrates new products for several companies on clinic tours and via social media outlets.
Jamie is continuing to release original material via Skafish’s Chicago based record label, 829 records.close
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.close
Jason T. Miller
Jason T. Miller had little chance of making a career for himself in anything other than music, and this was clear from a very young age. In fact, it probably began at around eight-years-old, when he picked up the guitar for the first time.
Years after veteran TV/film composer and arranger, Bruce Miller, bought the instrument for his son, Jason, they’d find themselves frequent collaborators (as co-composers of many primetime network TV shows). Today, Bruce can add the role of proud father to his list of credits, as Jason has established himself as a dynamic, versatile, independent behind-the-scenes force in the music industry.close
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 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.close
Joe Arick began his musical voyage at age 6 playing piano for his family’s 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.close
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 four decades, to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.close
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.
Fogerty is a legend. That’s all there is to say.close
“I have been working full time as a guitarist, composer and producer for the last 30 years and have been lucky enough to work with some amazing country artists and some of my heroes along the way. From the new generation of country stars like The Shires, to legends such as Gene Watson, Moe Bandy and Larry Gatlin and from my country guitar hero Albert Lee to rock virtuosos like Paul Rose. I’m currently MD and guitarist with Decca recording artist and Ireland’s country sensation Nathan Carter and as such, am recording and touring at home and abroad.”close
Guitarist, Jon Skibic, is a member of The Afghan Whigs. An alumnus of Berklee College of Music, Jon was a member of the Boston power pop group the Gigolo Aunts and has toured with such diverse acts as The Blue Man Group, The Twilight Singers, The Watson Twins, Juliana Hatfield, Fountains of Wayne, and the musical, Rock of Ages. His performance skills have taken him on-screen with Jimmy Kimmel Live, Later with Jools Holland, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the CBS Morning Show, and America’s Got Talent.close
Although Keith Urban is an Australian country music artist, he is famous not only in his country, but in US and other parts of the globe too. He is an Australia based musician, singer, songwriter and guitarist, who has won Grammy Awards multiple times for his talent and performances. After meeting success in Australia, he moved to the US to try his luck in the international music industry. His first band was The Ranch, where after he left the group to start a solo career. Keith is not only a talented singer, but also a skilled player of bass guitar, mandolin, piano, banjo and acoustic guitar.close
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.close
Country: United States Band: Chris Youngclose
Kirk ‘Skinny’ Webb
Skinny Webb is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and mandolin. He has collaborated and performed with Los Lobos, Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas), Hank Redd (Stevie Wonder), Rick Derringer, George Hamilton, Nashville recording artist Grace Maher and many others. Skinny started playing guitar at the age of 5 and soon began performing for audiences at country and bluegrass festivals in the style of Chet Atkins and David Grisman. At 14 he discovered rock music and began studying the guitar craftsmanship of artists like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Rush, and AC/DC. After High School he went on to study classical guitar and obtain a music degree. The next step was the road where he has played with numerous original and cover bands over the years. Skinny plays an eclectic and varied style of music running the spectrum from hard rock instrumentals, bluegrass flatpicking, country chicken picking, and jazz fusion. He has played on and produced over 50 album albums for other artists and has released several solo albums. He also stays very busy doing session work and as a hired performer for numerous artists.close
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.
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.close
“Kristen is a truly electrifying performer. When she has a guitar in her hands, she explodes with music, smiles, inspiration, and the pure joy of the white-hot guitar solo, and everyone in the room is reminded why they love the electric guitar is. It’s always a thrill to watch her play”
– Jude Gold | Director – Guitar Program (GIT) | Musicians Instituteclose
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.close
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.comclose
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’.close
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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.close
Michal Pakulski is a Polish guitar virtuoso, composer, arranger, music producer, music journalist and session musician. Prior to release of his solo albums, he formed or co-formed several bands and projects such as The Good Stuff as well as collaborated with many renowned representatives of the Polish Pop and Rock scene. His musical resume includes collaboration with the Polish Radio and the Polish music magazine Gitarzysta. His musicianship was praised by a variety of listeners and critics from all over the world, including the US, Italy and the UK.close
Michael Baugh is a solo instrumental guitarist from Devon, UK.close
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.close
Neal Schon was born on an Air Force Base near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His family soon after moved to Trenton, New Jersey. Neal picked up his first instrument around the age of five. He was constantly surrounded by jazz and blues due to his parents’ musical talents.
Neal practiced the Oboe, Keys, and of course guitar. When he was still young, his family moved to San Francisco, where Neal has lived for most of his life.
At the age of 15 Neal was asked to join the world famous band Santana and remained as a guitarist in the band for two years. Soon after, he formed Journey. Neal has earned the reputation of being one of the world’s greatest guitarists of his time.close
Since performing as a Finalist in ‘Guitarist’ Magazine’s Young Guitarist of the Year competition at Wembley Exhibition Center in 1999 at age 15, Neil has been recording and touring around the world. He performed alongside Elvis’s original band members, Scotty Moore and DJ Fontana at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Elvis’s “That’s Alright Mama”, in 2004. The next year he appeared on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival with his original band, BOA, which gained acclaim in the United States.
As a multi-intrumentalist, Neil has worked in many different areas of the musical spectrum from Festivals and Theatre tours, to Pit Work, Weddings, major Sport and Corporate events, as well as almost 3 years as a musician onboard Princess Cruise lines, covering 5 different ships and almost 50 different countries in that time!
In 2017 Neil was relocated to Shanghai, China to join 11 piece mega band “Studio 188” as Guitarist and Vocalist. Since then he has been involved in many different musical projects, performing all over China at major events including The Chinse Grand Prix and the Shanghai Rolex Masters. He has performed at large scale corporate events for clients such as Heineken, Rolex, Speedo, Catepillar, Wirtgen, aswell as the British, American, Swiss, German and Australian Chamber Of Commerce to name a few. In 2017 he also flew out to Melbourne, Australia to perform two shows at the Australian Open tennis tournament!
Amongst the many projects, Neil can also be found as a regular performer at China’s most famous jazz club… “JZ Club”, located in Shanghai, where he is currently based, and can also be seen performing as a demonstrator for Algam China, one of Asia’s biggest distrubtors of musical equipment for some of the worlds biggest brands!close
Nicky Moroch comes from a musical family and has had guitar in his hands ever since he could hold one. He actually learned to read music before he could read a book. He joined Return To Forever drummer Lenny Whites’ band at age 20 and started a career as a first call session guitarist soon after. He appears on Countless recordings, TV shows and soundtracks with artists ranging from David Bowie, Vanessa Williams, Madonna, Luther Vandross and Jessica Simpson to David Sandborn, Bob James, Stanley Clarke, Bill Evans and Roger Glover of Deep Purple. He continues over 4 decades of studio work and can often be found touring with sax legend David Sanborn as well as his group, the Sideguys.close
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Nashville, Tennessee-based session guitarist, Pat Buchanan, has worked with a wide range of recording artists, including Cameo, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Don Henley, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Dolly Parton, and many more artists.
Pat won ACM Guitarist of the Year in 2005 and has been nominated for several awards over the years. Growing up in Florida in a musical household (his father played bass in jazz bands while his mother is a singer), Buchanan was playing guitar from an early age. Graduating from the band circuit, he started his recording career recording on jingles for radio and television in Atlanta, Ga in the mid 80’s. He went on to record on the ground breaking album, “Word Up!” with the hit funk band Cameo. He joined their US and UK tour before going on to record and tour with both Hall and Oates and Cyndi Lauper in the late 80’s and early 90’s. In 1994 Buchanan moved his family to Nashville and became part of the Nashville session scene. He has since recorded with many artist and bands. Pat has also recorded on many songs on soundtracks for movies and television including the long running ABC television series “Nashville.”close
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Country: United States Band: Between The Buried And Me Websiteclose
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.close
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Randall has been part of Brad Paisley’s recording and touring band for over 20 years.close
Richard Nielsen is the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Cheap Trick. He is well known for his numerous custom-made guitars from Hamer Guitars, including his famous five-neck guitar.close
Rico Thomas is a Nashville-based guitarist, producer and multi-instrumentalist working in the CCM industry. He’s recorded and toured with pop star Michael Damian. Rico has also worked with Grammy nominated CCM group, NewSong — who are also the founders of The Winter Jam Tour and the “This is Winter Jam” film. Rico has backed artists such as Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, DC Talk, Natalie Grant, Zack Williams, Chris August, Point of Grace and Chynna Phillips. He’s also worked with American Idol artists Mandisa, Jordan Feliz, Jordin Sparks, Kimberley Locke, Jason Castro, Danny Gokey, Chris Sligh.close
At a ripe old age of 9yrs old, Rog started the journey on guitar …. but it wasn’t until 11rs old until Alex Lifeson changed that path … 30+ yrs later, the path has not changed.
Rog has played with / for : Toby Keith, Big n Rich, Cody Collins of Lonestar, Tom Yankton of Rascal Flatts, Paul Shortino of Rough Cutt, Rob Keel of KEEL, Adrian Zmed, Samatha Fox, members of Robbie Williams’ Band, members of Sam Brown’s Band, members of Shenandoah, members of Missing Persons, members of Jennifer Lopez’ Band, members of Santana’s Band and many more.
Rog has toured the World 3 times with various acts, and USO engagements, he has played almost 60 countries and 700+ cities around the world – Rog is currently a Musical Director on the Vegas Strip and has been for almost a decade now playing &/or Directing 9 shows to date.close
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 and many more… 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.close
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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 Festival supporting different artists as well as with his own then-popular Jazz-Rock band “Timezone”. Soon he made a name for himself as one of the top upcoming young guitar players in Israel, During 2002 Roy won the “Jazz player of the year” competition in Israel and was sent to Helsinki, Finland to represent Israel at the yearly 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 and more..close
Rufus is a session musician based in the UK, he writes, performs and publishes his own material – he is currently touring the world with Sting.close
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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.close
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 and 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’ show celebrating the music of Carole King and James Taylor.close
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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.close
“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 its 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.close
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All you need to know about Vince Gill is the 21 Grammy Awards he has received. It says it all.close
Warner E. Hodges
World-renowned six-string pioneer, Warner E. Hodges, continues to blaze trails with his signature brand of guitar driven rock!close
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