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virtuoso, Peter Huttlinger, one
of the most awe-inspiring acoustic guitar players in the world, born in Washington,
He toured, recorded and performed on television with John Denver from 1994 until
the Johns death in 1997. He also performed around the world with such artists
as and John Oates, and he appears on recordings by Denver, LeAnn Rimes, Hall &
Oates., Faith Hill, Jimmy Buffett and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, among many
others and performed on numerous Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated projects.
As a solo artist, he released more than 15 albums and he performed across the
U.S. and Europe; he performed everywhere from coffee shops to Carnegie Hall to
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004, 2007, and 2010. In 2000, Pete
won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival
in Winfield, Kansas. His performances have been used in several national TV series,
including the PBS Nature special Let This Be A Voice and he created
the theme song for ESPNs Flyfishing America, a program on which he made
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American guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger and record producer, Steven
Lee Lukather is best known for his
work with the rock band Toto. A prolific session musician, he was one of the most
sought-after session guitarists, playing with a wide range of artists including
Aretha Franklin, Barbra
Steisand, Boz Scaggs, Alice Cooper,
the Pointer Sisters, Cher, The Yardbirds, Cheap Trick, Elton John, Herb Alpert,
Warren Zevon, Chicago, Lionel Richie, Joni Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Bob Seger,
Rod Stewart, Spinal Tap, Van Halen, Leo
Sayer and Warren Zevon. He has performed
on over 1,500 records spanning 36 years and named by Gibson Guitar Corporation
as one of the top 10 session guitarists of all time. When not working with Toto,
or in the studios, Steve has participated in numerous side projects including
playing with jazz fusion band Los Lobotomys and with other session musicians,
and touring with Larry Carlton, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and others. In 2005,
he performed his rendition of the Jimi Hendrix song "Little Wing" at
a gala 90th birthday celebration for jazz guitarist Les Paul. 2012, saw him with
Ringo Starr's All Starr Band for their summer tour. Steve has been touring with
that ensemble since that time, performing three Toto songs, "Hold The Line,"
"Rosanna," and "Africa".
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English rock guitarist, born in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire; he was largely active
in the 1970s and early 1980s. Andy
was a leading member of the psychedelic, experimental progressive rock band, Kingdom
Come, with which he recorded three albums between 1971 and 1973, and was the only
constant member apart from frontman Arthur Brown. The band appeared at the '71
Glastonbury Fayre and also featured in the accompanying film of the same name.
Kingdom Come were one of the first bands to use synthesizers, notably the VCS3,
an early British synth. After Kingdom Come he played on Brown's solo albums Dance
With Arthur Brown and Chisholm In My Bosom, as well as doing session work. In
the early 1980s he joined the re-formed Camel. He is not known to have been active
in the music industry since then, until he along with Arthur Brown and other surviving
members of Kingdom Come re-united for a one-off concert at the Astoria in London
on March 12th 2005.
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American guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer,
Tillman Smith and raised in Oakland, CA. Jubu
learned to play the guitar in church every Sunday, and by the age of 19
in 1989 he was a member of Tony Toni
Tones band. Since
then he has recorded both solo material and worked as a top session musician,
mainly for R&B, hip hop and gospel artists, including Luther Vandross, Mary
J. Blige, Angie Stone, Deborah Cox, Boyz II Men, CeCe Winans, Whitney Houston,
Hootie & The Blowfish, Alicia Keys, Toni Braxton, Chaka Khan, and Rahsaan
Patterson, among others. In 2001 Jubu formed his own band
Legally Blynd which
include his brother Eric Pik-funk Smith on bass, Chris Johnson on
drums, Carl Wheeler on the organ, Errol Cooney on guitar and Ron Smith on percussion.
Jubu is now also a member of the Californian soul band Maze also known as Maze
featuring Frankie Beverly and the band.
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guitarist Chuck Wayne born in New York City, as well as learning guitar at an
early age, he also became an expert on the banjo, mandolin, and balalaika. He
was one of the earliest guitarists to learn the bebop style and in the early 1940s
he began playing jazz on 52nd Street and in the Village. Chuck is noted for his
work with Woody Herman's First Herd and for being the first guitarist in the George
Shearing quintet. He also was Tony Bennett's accompanist and music director from
1954-1957. Over his long career he performed and recorded with many major artists
and musicians including vocalists Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, and Barbra Streisand;
bandleaders Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Jack Teagarden, Slam
Stewart, Claude Thornhill, Wingy Manone and Tadd Dameron; plus an endless list
of soloists including Zoot Sims, Brew Moore, Jo Jones, Joe Marsala, Billy Taylor,
George Duvivier and Red Norvo. In his later career, he was also noted for duo
performances in the New York City area with Warren Chiasson, Joe Puma, and Tal
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American jazz guitarist, Remo Palmieri was born in New York City; in the early
1940s he teamed up with Coleman Hawkins and in 1944 he recorded 'Blues
In Nat's Flat', 'These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)', 'A Hundred Years From
Today', and 'If I Had You' with The Nat Jaffe Trio. In 1945 he recorded with Dizzie
Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Red Norvo. His talents as a jazz guitarist and musician
were in great demand and during this same period he recorded with Teddy Wilson.
Then for health reasons, he took up a staff position at CBS and for more than
27 years he pursued a very successful career as a studio musician working with
100s of musicians and singers including Sarah Vaughan, Ken
Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Freddy Slack, and so many others. In 1977 he was
invited to perform at the Concord Jazz Festival in Concord, California. At that
festival he and Herb Ellis teamed up for some duet playing and later that year
they made the recording Windflower
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blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player
Bonnie Raitt, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt was born in Burbank,
California; she started performing in school and local venues and later become
famous for her bottleneck-style guitar playing. During the 1970s, she released
a series of acclaimed roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues,
rock, folk and country, but she is perhaps best known for her more commercially
accessible recordings in the 1990s including "Nick of Time", "Something
to Talk About", "Love Sneakin' Up on You", and the slow ballad
"I Can't Make You Love Me". Bonnie has been honored with nine Grammy
Awards in her career and is listed at number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list
of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. She is also listed at number 89 in the
Rolling Stone list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In late 1987, Bonnie
joined singers k.d. lang and Jennifer Warnes as female background vocals for Roy
highly acclaimed television
special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night and in March 2000, she
was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio..
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American electric guitar player whose sound fuses bluegrass, country, blues,
and jazz elements into his distorted rock sound. He is noted amongst guitarists
for his prolific use of hybrid picking at high speeds. He started playing guitar
at aged eight. Mainly self taught, he also took lessons at an Omaha music store.
In 1985, he started touring the country in cover bands. As Michael continued to
enhance his chops, he recorded a 5-song demo of instrumental guitar tunes, the
demo was sent to Shrapnel Records, resulting in a record contract and subsequent
release in 1990, of his self-titled debut album. This well-received album also
landed Michael the top spot in the category of Best New Talent in
a readers' poll in Guitar Player magazine that year. He was also hailed as One
of the Most Influential Players of the Next Ten Years by Guitar for the
Practicing Musician. Michael's music was also popular in Europe, as he won the
Edison Award, which is the equivalent of a Grammy in Holland. His sound went on
to incorporate even more diverse music styles, specifically jazz, as shown in
a cover of Duke Ellington's The Mooche on his third album, Chapter
Eleven. In 1997, he recorded Decomposition, an album composed of covers, paying
tribute to some of his earlier influences, such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Winter,
and Jimi Hendrix. In the early 2000s, Michael teamed up with fellow virtuoso guitarist
Gabriel Moses for the side project titled "Dose Amigos".
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American guitarist and a trained neo-classical shredder with the soul and heart
of a true bluesman, but he is maybe best known for his work in the Christian metal
band Whitecross, Rex is also the leader and guitarist of other bands like Fierce
Heart, King James and The Rex Carroll Band and filled in and did all the guitar
work on Eden's 1994 album "Fan The Flame".
In Whitecross, he is not only the lead guitarist, but is also the primary songwriter.
Whitecross was the first American rock band to perform in Guatemala City. Also
with Whitecross, Rex has completed six world tours, and won two Dove Awards for
"Metal Album of the Year" in 1990 and 1992. In June 2004, he placed
third in the North American Rock Guitar Competition sponsored by Guitar Player
magazine and WNED/New York. Max also holds a Bachelors degree in classical guitar
performance from Northern Illinois University. In
2010, Rex participated in a tribute album titled Mister Bolins Late Night
Revival, a compilation of 17 previously unreleased tracks written by guitar legend
Tommy Bolin prior to his death in 1976. The CD includes other artists such as
HiFi Superstar, Doogie White, Eric Martin, Troy Luccketta, Jeff Pilson, Randy
Jackson, Rachel Barton, Derek St. Holmes, Kimberley Dahme, and The 77s
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American guitarist who continues to record and travel the world with guitars and
his self titled band. He started playing the guitar while at school in 1980. In
1988 he set about recording a demo that was later released as the instrumental
album 'Warp Speed'. His first official album 'Woodpecker Stomp' was released in
1990 and the title track became the first instrumental ever to break into the
top 10 of the CCM rock charts. Jeff's playing impressed guitar manufacturer Yamaha
so much they offered him a high profile job as one of their clinicians. The role
took him to guitar shows all over the States. His first project with a vocalist
came on the 1996 album 'Disengage' by Christian band Sign Of The Times which he
produced, played guitar on, and composed most of the songs. The most recent offering
by the Jeff Scheetz Band is possibly the guitar maestro's finest work to date,
released in 2009, 'Behind The Mask' featuring the winning combination of Jeff's
amazing and powerful guitar work, with Matt Waddill's gritty vocals.
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American guitarist born in Evansville, Indiana; he has played in
the bands Danger Danger, touring the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper,
and selling over a million records worldwide, recording five between 1989 and
2001; Pawn Kings and Andy Timmons Band. He has also released several solo albums
and has worked as a session guitarist. As a session player, he has been featured
on CDs by drummer Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John, two albums
by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul and Paul Stanley, and radio
and television jingles. He has also played alongside Steve Vai, Joe Satriani,
Paul Gilbert, Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Mike Stern, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent,
and Pierre Bensusan, as well as some of his favorite 1960s singing stars such
as the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and Gordon Waller.
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American guitarist raised in San Francisco, he joined Bay
Area funk rockers Rubicon in the late '70s, recording 2 albums, before teaming
up with two of his Rubicon bandmates, singer/bassist Jack Blades and singer/drummer
Kelly Keagy, to form a more hard rock-based outfit, Night Ranger in 1982. Also
that year he played with the Ozzie Osbourne Band and recorded "Speak of the
Devil" with Ozzie. With his band Night Ranger, Brad has recorded 10 albums
date, the most recent being Somewhere in California
in 2011. The band's first five albums sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
They continued to tour and remains very popular in Asian countries, especially
Japan. Brad also enjoys a solo career releasing several albums and has played
with artists including Vicious Rumors, Fiona, and Derek Sherinian
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Apache Indian guitarist, known for his work on George Clinton's
albums, his collaborations with Koshi Inaba of B'z and Hardware, and was in Bill
and Ted's Excellent Adventure, providing the fingerwork for George Carlin's guitar
has worked with many music giants, including Steve Vai, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger,
Sass Jordan, T.M. Stevens, Justin Timberlake, among others. In 1992, he recorded
the album Third Eye Open with one-off power trio Hardware, consisting of Bootsy
Collins on bass guitar, Buddy Miles on drums, and himself on guitar. In 1993,
Stevie became music director for Terence Trent D'Arby and toured with Duran Duran.
That same year, he released Stevie Salas Electric Pow Wow, a cover album featuring
celebrity guests playing covers of songs that Salas was influenced by growing
up, to much critical acclaim. Then in 1994, he released Back From the Living.
In Japan, his single "Tell Your Story Walkin" became a Top-Ten hit.
During this time he also produced and co-wrote the album Rats by Sass Jordan.
In 1995, he produced and self-released the album 12 Hits and a Bump with Bernard
Fowler of the Rolling Stones under the name Nicklebag, after which he released
his fourth solo album Alter Native, followed in 1998 by The Sometimes Almost Never
Was. In 1999, he retired after a final performance at the Fuji Rock Festival.
But after a personal tragedy, in 2001 Mick Jagger asked him to play lead guitar
for his tour, and that year he released Shapeshifter: The Fall and Rise of Stevie
No-Wonder. In 2003, he released The Soulblasters of the Universe, and in 2006,
he released Be What It Is. More recently he has recorded with Jordin Sparks, Justin
Timberlake, and released his latest album Jam Power in 2010. He also helps create
studio bands for American Idol and continues to tour in Europe and Japan.
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Danish guitarist Steffen
already making his mark on the Danish music scene
by the time he entered the Danish
Conservatory of Music. He played with bands both in Denmark and abroad, developing
a discipline which resulted in a stable musical development, allowing instrumental
skills and creativity to flourish in unison. One of those bands was the rock trio
Merzy, which was known for wild and outrageous performances. In between touring
and playing TV and Radio shows, Steffen sang some of the lead vocals in the band
Gracelands and got major airplay on the Danish radio stations with the songs "Electrified",
Climbing Into Space and Supersonic View. By 1998, Merzy
had released 4 albums and countless singles, Steffen left the band and started
playing a lot of theatre shows, as a musician as well as a performer, singing
and playing various instruments. As a freelance musician he is still doing theatre
shows, plays with symphony orchestras as well as recording workshops and masterclasses.
He is currently involved with the award-winning theatre OIM (Odense International
Music Theatre). As a studio musician, he has recorded numerous albums with different
artists and has composed all sorts of music for Danish television shows and commercials.
Still his focus was on the growth and development of his guitar playing and he
eventually decided to make a solo album in 2008, ElectriGuitartistry,
of which he was the sole composer. Here he could play his true style, not having
to compromise with producers and other band members.
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A virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Andalucia. He is widely considered
to be the "Father of Classical Guitar" and one of the finest classical
guitarists of the 20th century, and one of the founders of what is now considered
"Classical Guitar". He
is credited for his modern-romantic repertoire, mainly through works dedicated
to him by modern composers, but he also created his own transcriptions of classical
works that were originally for other instruments. He is remembered for his expressive
performances: his wide palette of tone, and his distinctive often instantly recognizable
musical personality in tone, phrasing and style. After World War II, Andrés
began to record more frequently and perform regular tours of Europe and the U.S.,
a schedule he would maintain for the next thirty years. In 1954, Joaquín
Rodrigo dedicated Fantasía para un gentilhombre/Fantasy for a Gentleman
to him and Andrés
won the 1958 Grammy Award for Best Classical Performance, Instrumentalist for
his recording Segovia Golden Jubilee. In recognition of his contributions to music
and the arts, Andrés
was ennobled on June 24th 1981 by King Juan Carlos I, who gave him the hereditary
title of Marquis of Salobreña.
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finger style guitarist, Andy Kimbel is a master of the guitar. He plays with emotion
and energy that jumps out at you whether he is gently plucking away at a slower
ballad or moving his fingers at a lightning pace on an energetic blues or even
Celtic selection. His hit Red Hot Blues, charted No 4 on indie blues
charts. As a touring solo performer, Andy has played major Festivals, Special
Events, Folk and Blues venues, Colleges, and has been featured many times on Radio
and TV shows, where audiences continue to appreciate his music and what he does
with the guitar, re-inventing traditional folk and blues standards or his own
material on the fly, show after show. His ability to improvise is pretty remarkable,
when he gets into the zone he takes off and then lands having taken
his material in different directions fitting the tone or mood of the venue and
audience. He also hosts guitar workshops or Master Classes for all
levels in conjunction with some of his shows.
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fingerstyle jazz guitarist, teacher
and music columnist;
in the 1960s
he was a member
of a blues rock group called Bluesberry Jam along with future Canned Heat drummer
Fito de la Parra. They shared billings with The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Sweetwater,
Alice Cooper, Sons of Champlin, Poco, Blues Image and Joe Cocker. He was well
known to guitarists due to his role as a music educator, which included private
teaching, seminars at the Guitar Institute of Technology, columns for Guitar Player
magazine, and his series of instructional books on guitar harmony, chord melody
and single-note soloing. Later he would make occasional live appearances at clubs
in the San Fernando Valley, usually playing a Fender Telecaster. Ted recorded
one album "Solo Guitar" in 1977, and he also helped Fender design a
1952 Telecaster vintage reissue, their first such reissue, by making reference
to his collection of old Telecasters, Broadcasters and Nocasters.
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American guitarist and composer known for being a member of the multi-platinum
group Trans-Siberian Orchestra since 2004, as well as his solo career. He appeared
on the Jason Becker tribute CD "Warmth In The Wilderness", and his music
was featured in the movie, "Vampire Assassins". Mike has been featured
in magazines such as Guitar One, Guitar World and Guitar Player and is a Columnist
for these publications. He also writes many online guitar columns on sites such
as Guitar Nine, Premier Guitar and Shred Academy Mike has released 7 solo CD's
under his name, his second album "Full Circle" was featured on National
Public Radio stations across the country and was on regular rotation. Mike
tours with his trio and as a solo artist and has opened and performed with many
national acts such as The B-52's the Spin Doctors, KC and The Sunshine Band, Dokken,
Sebastian Bach, Lou Reed, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, the members of Yes
and Asia, Kip Winger and many more. He has also performed on the Cruefest 2 tour,
which featured Motley Crue, Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, Rev
Theory and more.
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To many, virtuoso Al Di Meola is one of the most important
pioneers of shred guitar, his 70's work opened up a new era of rock and influenced
guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen, John
Petrucci, Jason Becker, Chris Impellitteri and many, many others. After attending
Berklee College of Music in Boston, Al joined the bands Chick Corea and Return
to Forever before embarking on his solo career in 1976. His first solo album Land
of the Midnight Sun, is noted for his technical mastery and extremely fast speed
guitaring, complex guitar solos and compositions. He gradually introduced his
love for latin and flamenco into his music. Al went on to explore a variety of
styles, but is now most noted for his Latin-influenced jazz fusion works. He is
a four time winner as Best Jazz Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine's Reader Poll.
In addition to a prolific solo career of 25 albums, tours and world appearances
, he has engaged in successful collaborations with bassist Stanley Clarke, synthesizer
player Jan Hammer, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and guitarists John McLaughlin and
Paco de Lucía and guested on countless tracks.
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American melodic instrumental guitarist born in Cleveland, Ohio; he has become
known for his technical accuracy and adaptation of classical works by Bach and
Mozart into his own blend of neo-classical, melodic, guitar instrumentals. In
1987 prior to his solo career, Neil formed the rock band Zaza which toured U.S.
and released two albums "Just Get It" and "Party With The Big Boys".
He released his debut solo album "Two Hands One Heart" in 1992. After
his second solo album, Niel was a guest soloist with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra,
performing 1492 and a guitar interpretation of West Side Story.
He has also shared the stage with notable guitarists such as Joe Satriani and
Michael Angelo Batio. He holds an annual concert called One Silent Night at the
Palace Theater in Cleveland with the backing of the 60 piece Cleveland Rock Orchestra
and features his adaptation of popular Christmas songs to his melodic style. Neil
ninth studio album
"212" February 12th 2011.
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American guitarist, session musician, singer-songwriter and producer. He began
his career as part of the original Christian rock band White Heart and later in
the melodic Hard Rock band Giant. He has since then been active as a session guitarist
and producer in both rock music and country music. In the 1980s he has played
guitar on albums for Michael Jackson, Scritti Politti, Whitesnake, Roger Hodgson,
Steven Curtis Chapman, George Benson, Olivia Newton-John, Toby Keith, Billy Joel,
Joe Cocker, Smokey Robinson, Celine Dion, Bryan Ferry, Boz Scaggs, Chaka Khan,
Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers and so many more. Since the 1990s
Dann has been working as a producer for various bands and artists some of which
include Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Megadeth, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Suzy
Bogguss, Kathy Mattea, Lonestar, Jewel Kilcher, Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride.
He has won several awards including the Musician of the Year award in 2001 and
2004 at the Country Music Association Awards and the Producer of the Year award
in 2006 and 2009 at the Academy of Country Music.
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English blues guitarist, and founder and life long member of The Groundhogs,
born in Redlands House, Lincolnshire.
Originally a skiffle enthusiast, he gravitated toward the blues during the early
60s. His first group was the Dollarbills, a pop band featuring John Cruickshank
on vocals, Pete Cruickshank on bass, and Dave Boorman on drums. He quickly steered
toward blues, most notably the sound of John Lee Hooker, and with the addition
of Bob Hall on piano, the group changed its name to the Groundhogs, in recognition
of Hooker's "Ground Hog Blues".
backed Champion Jack Dupree and John Lee Hooker on UK concerts in the mid 1960s,
evolving into a blues-rock trio that produced three UK Top 10 hits in the UK Albums
Chart in the early 1970s. Tony has also released many solo acoustic blues records,
as well as duets with Jo Ann Kelly. He is often credited as 'Tony (TS) McPhee'.
He was dubbed TS by the producer Mike Vernon in the mid 1960s. As well as the
Groundhogs, Tony has played with Herbal Mixture, John Dummer's Blues Band, Tony
McPhee's Terraplane, Tony McPhee's Turbo and the Tony McPhee Band.
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English guitarist, songwriter and experimental musician, his first recordings
were with a three-piece band called Global Village, who cut three covers for an
EP and dissolved in 1968. His debut solo album Northern Dream drew attention from
Peel on his national BBC Radio 1 programme in the UK, and this eventually led
to his new band Be-Bop Deluxe signing to EMI debuting with the album Axe Victim
in 1974. This was followed by 5 studio albums 1978, and Bill was acclaimed as
one of the finest guitarists in British rock at the time, and the music showed
that, with his distinctive tones adorning most tracks. Stylistically, the songs
took elements from progressive rock, glam rock and hard guitar rock. Ships in
the Night was their most successful single in the UK and US. He then formed Red
Noise but eventually settled into a career as a solo musician, recording albums
in the early electropop vein such as The Love That Whirls and Quit Dreaming and
Get On the Beam. In 1981 he and his manager Mark Rye formed the Cocteau Records
label, for many years this label handled the majority of Bill's output, which
often included multiple albums per year. An annual event known as 'Nelsonica'
is held every year in Yorkshire, at which Bill makes a rare public performance.
He has recently released the first part of an autobiography.
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Dutch musician Stochelo Rosenberg is a Sinti-Gypsy jazz guitarist who plays in
the Jazz manouche style of Django Reinhardt and leads the Rosenberg Trio. The
Rosenberg trio consists of the three cousins Stochelo,
Born in a gypsy camp he has played music since his childhood days and the three
played in churches and Gypsy-camps all over Europe, before they formed
Trio in the late 1980's.
Maestro Stéphane Grappelli, who, after seing and hearing them for the first
time, immediatly invited them to play with him, taking them worldwide, across
Europe, and also to celebrate his 85th birthday at New York's Carnegie Hall...
This Friendship was not to end until Stéphane's death, and they recorded
together on Stéphane's birthday album "85 and still swinging",
on the Rosenberg Trio's "Caravan" - 1994 and on Manhattan Transfer's
1997 album "Swing". Stochelo was awarded the "Golden guitar"
by Guitarist Magazine in 1992, and over the years has collaborated with many musicans,
bands and orchestras, live or in studio, including Bireli Lagrene's Gipsy Project
and his wonderful series of albums with french Guitarist Romane.
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British blues guitarist, Chris was inspired to play the guitar at an early age
by Manitas De Plata who triggered a passion for guitar and a love of flamenco
guitar. At age 14 he developed a love for blues and gigged in London at venues
like Ronnie Scotts with John Mayall, John McVie and George Melly. As
a young lead guitarist Chris jammed and or played with many of the R&B and
rock legends of our time, including Rory Gallagher, Jimmy Paige, Ginger Baker,
the late Paul Kossof, Captain Beefheart, Dick Stubbs-Juicy Lucy, Linda Lewis-Ferris
Wheel, Dave Davies-The Kinks, Roy Wood-Wizard, Mickey Finn-T-Rex, Mark Knopfler,
Led Zeppelin, Peter Green, Jeff Beck. Most unforgettably with the great blues
legend Bukka White. More recently Noel Redding-Jimi Hendrix Experience and John
Coughlan-Status Quo. He has also composed for the film/media industry: Bermuda
Cablevision; French Films; Nickelodeon; E!; Romanian General and Broadcasting;
Singaporean Films; USA Television and Cable; Guinness World Records-USA; Intimate
Portraits-Cable TV USA; The Vibe, Brian Waddell-USA; The Surf Show-USA; True Hollywood
Story-USA; Australasia (Apra) Films; ITV; Channel 4; Planet Television; London
Weekend TV; Central TV. Chris's latest 14 track solo album, to date, "Crossroad
To Freedom" was released June 6th 2011.
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In the world of blues music, Bishopvilles Drink Small is known as the Blues
Doctor. He is one of the genres true pioneers who paved the way for all
blues musicians after him with his signature guitar licks and vocal style. He
cut his first record in 1956, and his performances at blues festivals, concert
halls, nightclubs and lounges have become legendary, according to Charleston Blues
Musician Shrimp City Slim. His records may suddenly shift from a solo acoustic
blues-guitar track to a smooth soul ballad with horns to who-knows-what. He can
be gruff and rough, clean and modern, or light and bouncy, altering his voice
and guitar to suit the mood. Rated one of America's top gospel guitarists before
he turned to blues in the late '50s, the South Carolina "Blues Doctor"
for years had only one 45 on the market, Sharp, 1959. His discography has recently
begun to grow considerably, finally revealing the extent of his songwriting and
performing talents. He has written two songs about his hometown: Bishopville
is My Hometown and Bishopville Women. On stage at his 78th birthday
gig, February 2011, Drink was honored with special presentations by the South
Carolina General Assembly presented by State Rep. Grady Brown, D-Bishopville,
and the Lee County Arts Council presented by President Robin Drayton Brunson.
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guitarist, known for his work with the progressive rock group Yes. He has also
been a member of The Syndicats, Bodast, Tomorrow, Asia and GTR, as well as having
released around 20 solo albums as of September 2010. He played his first show
with Yes at the Lyceum on July 7th
1970 and was pictured with the group on the non-Europe jacket of their second
album, Time and a Word, which was released in August, although it was Banks who
had actually played on the recording. Beginning
with The Yes Album, Steve's electric and acoustic guitars, combined with Jon Anderson's
vocals, Chris Squire's bass, and Tony Kaye's keyboards were seen as an essential
part of the band's early sound. He
continued with the band until Yes officially split up on 18 April 1981, although
he has played with them many times since and recored 15 Yes albums between 1971
to 2011. In 1981, Steve, John Wetton, Carl Palmer and Geoff Downes formed the
band Asia, but after two popular albums and a few hit singles, Howe left the band.
In 1985, he formed the supergroup GTR with Steve Hackett. Their only album, GTR,
went gold. Steve's solo career started in
October 1975, when he released Beginnings, his first solo album. It featured Yes
band members Alan White, Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz and reached No 63 in the
US and No 22 in the UK charts. Steve released his last solo album of
20, to date, Homebrew 4 in 2010.
He has also guested with the likes of Queen, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Lou Reed,
Dream Theater among others. Steve was voted "Best Overall Guitarist"
in Guitar Player magazine five years in a row from 19771981 and was inducted
into Guitar Player's "Gallery of Greats" in 1981. The only other two
guitarists to win the "Best Overall Guitarist" category for the "Gallery
Of Greats" are Steve Morse and Eric Johnson.
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best known as the lead guitarist for The Shadows. The group, which primarily performed
instrumentals, was formed as a backing band for vocalist Cliff Richard. Hank has
a distinctive guitar sound and appearance, primarily using a clean sound with
very distinctive echo and vibrato giving a dreamy effect. Born Brian Robson Rankin
in Newcastle upon Tyne, he joined The Drifters in 1958, who soon changed their
name to the Shadows. They have a total of 69 UK hit-charted singles: 35 as 'The
Shadows' and 34 as 'Cliff Richard and the Shadows', from the 1950s to the 2000s.
As well as playing with The Shadows, Hank has had a successful solo career. He
has been willing to experiment with styles and material, doing some purely instrumental
albums, some with only vocals "All Alone With Friends", one with only
acoustic guitars and one with a guitar orchestra "The Hank Marvin Guitar
Syndicate". In 1970, Marvin and Bruce Welch formed Marvin, Welch & Farrar,
a vocal harmony trio which failed to appeal to many Shadows fans or to contemporary
music fans. They reverted to being The Shadows in 1973, for the Rockin' with Curly
Leads album. As
a writer, he was solely responsible for "Driftin'", "Geronimo",
"Spider Juice", "I want you to Want Me" for The Shadows, and
"The Day I Met Marie". As co-writer with Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett,
and John Rostill, he wrote other hits, mainly for Cliff Richard, including "I
Could Easily Fall in Love with You" and "In the Country". Hank
has guested on dozens of albums and while his Shadows colleagues Bruce Welch and
Brian Bennett accepted the honour of an Officer of the Order of the British Empire
(OBE) in the 2004 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to music, Hank declined,
citing "personal reasons".
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guitarist he joined up with Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, along with Bob
Burns and Larry Junstrom, so came the birth of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the summer of
1964. Allen and lead singer Ronnie co-wrote many of the biggest Skynyrd hits,
including "Free Bird", "Gimme Three Steps", and "That
Smell". The band received national success beginning in 1973 while opening
for The Who on their Quadrophenia tour. The Skynyrd plane crashed into a forest
in Mississippi killing three band members, including Ronnie. Allen was seriously
injured in the crash, suffering two broken vertebrae in his neck and severe damage
to his right arm. While amputation was recommended, his father refused and Allen
During the early 80s, he continued to perform on stage in The Rossington-Collins
Band releasing two albums "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" and "This
Is the Way". In 1980, his wife suddenly died of a hemorrhage, Allen began
a downward spiral, using drugs and alcohol to assuage his grief. Missed concerts
and conflicts within the band resulted in disbanding in 1982, but the start of
the Allen Collins Band, which released one album, "Here, There & Back"
in 1983. A 1986 drunk-driving accident killed Allen's girlfriend and left him
paralyzed from the waist down, and with limited use of his arms and hands, tragically
never play guitar
onstage again. All remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited to perform in
1987, but due to his injuries Allen served as musical director.
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American blues and rock and roll guitarist,
born in Glendale, California and moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was ten years
old. In 1963, he joined Butterfield's blues band, with whom he remained for five
years. In 1968 he went solo and formed the Elvin Bishop Group, also performing
with Bloomfield and Al Kooper on their album titled The Live Adventures of Mike
Bloomfield and Al Kooper. In March 1971, The Elvin Bishop Group and The Allman
Brothers Band co-billed a series of concerts at the Fillmore East. He joined The
Allman Brothers Band onstage for a rendition of his own song, "Drunken Hearted
Boy". Over the years, Elvin has recorded with many blues artists including
Clifton Chenier and John Lee Hooker. In late 1975, he played guitar on Bo Diddley's
The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll album, and in '95, he toured with B.B. King.
In 2005, he released his first new CD in 5 years, Gettin' My Groove Back, followed
in 2008 by The Blues Roles On. He was supported by B. B. King, Warren Haynes,
Derek Trucks, Kim
Thorogood, James Cotton, Tommy Castro, John Nemeth and Angela Strehli. The album
was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album. In 2010, Elvin
released Red Dog Speaks.
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Born in '86 Scott
up his first guitar at the age of four, he has devoted himself to the mastery
of his craft and can now be considered to be one of the most gifted and naturally
talented guitarist, singer-songwriters emerging on the UK blues rock scene. At
the age of just seven he made his debut on national TV, and has since appeared
on many TV shows and regional news programs. The 1998 winner of Guitarist Magazines
Young Guitarist of the Year title, Scott is already listed as one
of the 27 best blues guitar players in the world on Google. One of the tracks
from his debut album "Cant Take No More" was used on a Impulse
viral ad. By the time he was 20 years old, Scott had graced the stage of the legendary
Antones, and shared performance space with Buddy Guy, Sonny Landreth , Johnny
Winter , and the North
Mississippi Allstars to name a few . He shared performance space with Eric Clapton
at Hyde Park Calling in 2008, as well as playing the Montreal Jazz festival and
making US TV appearances. In 2009 he worked in Nashville, opened for Derek Trucks
and the Arc Angels and made his first performance at the Royal Albert Hall supporting
Joe Bonamassa. 2010 saw Scott touring with Glenn Hughs and the release of his
second album "Trouble" to rave reviews, and a well worth addition
for your CD collection.
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American guitar virtuoso, singer and composer who came to notice in the early
to mid 1970s as a member of the rock band Ramatam, which also included former
Iron Butterfly guitarist Mike Pinera and the former Jimi Hendrix drummer Mitch
Mitchell. April was hailed as the female Jimi Hendrix by many, and her style was
a mix of Jeff Beck, Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Alan Holdsworth. She
stayed with Ramatam for two studio albums, their self-titled debut and "In
April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns". April left after the second album,
to form her solo project called the April Lawton Band, which dissolved in the
late 1970s. April then disappeared from the music scene to concentrate on painting
and graphic design. Although during the 1990s she recorded some demos for a future
album, but sadly the material remains unreleased, but some brief excerpts are
available at the April Lawton tribute website.
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American guitarist, she has worked as both a session musician and a solo artist.
has released three solo albums. Her 1992 debut, Above Below and Beyond, in 1997,
she released the worldbeat-influenced Jennifer Batten's Tribal Rage: Momentum
and her third album, Whatever, was released in Japan in September 2007 and the
US on April 18, 2008. She has appeared on recordings such as Jeff Beck's Who Else!
and You Had It Coming, Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus, Michael Sembello's Heavy
Weather, Carl Anderson's Sunlight Again, Cindy Cruz's debut, Public Image bassist
Bret Helm's "Doc Tahri" and the debut of The Immigrants. Her music video
appearances include Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson, Natalie Cole and Sara Hickman
and Miguel Mateos's "Obsesión". Jennifer played lead and rhythm
guitar on Michael Jackson's Bad, Dangerous and HIStory world tours, as well as
his 1993 Super Bowl half-time performance. Between 1994-99 she joined Dave Rodgers
and Domino as featured guitarist on the eurobeat songs "Sun City", "Music
For the People", "Fly" and "Woa Woa Woa". Her live Eurobeat
appearances were limited to playing at the Tokyo Do-me with Dave Rodgers and Queen
of Hearts. In 2010 she recorded a solo for the song "Bad Girls" for
a Polish singer Doda.
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began in the mid 1970s when Albert Collins asked him to join his band as drummer.
Collins took Montoya under his wing and taught him his guitar style. The two remained
friends even after Montoya left Collins' band. Montoya is left-handed but plays
"upside-down right-handed" guitar. In
the early 1980s John Mayall heard Montoya playing guitar in a Los Angeles bar.
Soon after Mayall asked Montoya to join the newly reformed Bluesbreakers. He remained
a member of the band for 10 years. In 1995 he appeared with the Cate Brothers
for the resumption of their recording career on their release, Radioland. Since
that same year, Montoya has recorded several solo albums. In 2002, he featured
on the Bo Diddley tribute album Hey Bo Diddley - A Tribute!, performing the song
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Ralph Towner is one of the few modern jazz musicians to specialize on acoustic
guitar, specialising with twelve-string guitar and classical guitar. He started
playing piano when he was three and trumpet at five, performing in a dance band
when he was 13. Amazingly he did not take up guitar until attending the University
of Oregon, where he also studied composition with Homer Keller. Ralph then studied
classical guitar in Vienna and played with classical chamber groups in the mid-'60s.
After moving to New York in 1969, he worked with Jimmy Garrison, Jeremy Steig,
and Paul Winter's Winter Consort 1970-1971. In the latter group, he first met
up with Collin Walcott, Glen Moore, and Paul McCandless, and in 1971 they broke
away to form Oregon, a highly versatile group that ranges from jazz and free improvisations
to folk music, releasing Music of Another Present Era in 1972. To date they have
released 27 albums. In
addition to recording as a leader, he has recorded with many other artists on
the ECM label.
Ralf also guested with Weather Report in 1971 and played with Gary Burton a while
during 1974 and 1975.
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Gary Hoey was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1990 he teamed with singer Joel
Ellis, bassist Rex Tennyson, and drummer Frankie Banali to form Heavy Bones. The
band released their self-titled debut album in 1992 but broke up shortly afterwards.
In 1993, he
recorded the successful Animal Instinct album, which included a cover of the Focus
hit "Hocus Pocus". Not only did the hit rocket into the Billboard Top
5, outpacing all other singles as the most frequently played rock song of the
year, but the album went on to reach classic rock notoriety. The successful Endless
Summer II soundtrack soon followed. His 1996 release, Bug Alley, displayed added
vocal ability that he has expanded on more recent albums. He has recorded 16 albums
and had five top-20 Billboard hits, and has been called one of the top 100 guitarists
of all time Gary's new album, Utopia, will be released in the summer
of 2010. He continues to tour extensively.
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born in Washington, D.C. began his career playing in bands while still a teenager.
He began to attract wider interest in the 1970s while playing guitar and banjo
for the group Liz Meyer & Friends. He made his name as a performer in the
Washington, DC, area during the late 1970s and 1980s, both as a solo performer
and with his Redneck Jazz Explosion, in which he traded licks with pedal steel
player Buddy Emmons over a tight bass-drums rhythm which drew from blues, country,
bebop and rockabilly influences. He also backed Robert Gordon and Roger Miller
and contributed a cover of "Apricot Brandy", a song by Elektra Records-supergroup
Rhinoceros, to the 1990 compilation album Rubáiyát.
His playing combined musical styles such as jazz, blues and rockabilly in an innovative
fashion, and his
album 88 Elmira Street was up for a 1990 Grammy Award for the song "Elmira
Street Boogie" for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
He was known by some as "the Telemaster" and appeared on stage with
guitar heroes such as Alvin Lee and Jimmie Vaughan. Danny
was ranked 63rd on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time
in 2003. On May 26th, 2010, Gibson.com ranked him as the 27th best guitarist of
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up and coming guitarist, Ben Mauro grew up in Syracuse, and first picked up the
guitar at 16. Totally obsessed with Led Zeppelin he would practice for eight hours
at a time, as well as attending school for classical guitar. He first played gigs
at his father's rugby parties before heading for New York City to follow his Hendrix
- Zeppelin dream. He quickly got hired to perform in the house band at the legendary
Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village five nights week, performing from 10pm until 4am.
This is were he perfected his chops playing and singing many styles and genre
of music. After leaving Cafe Wha? Ben worked with various groups that played anywhere
from the hard rock clubs of New Jersey to the funk and R&B clubs of Manhattan.
Word of his work on the guitar spread and he was soon offered the job touring
the world playing
and singing for the great Lionel Richie. Ben relacated to Los Angeles, here, his
reputation as a dynamic performer led to jobs playing and singing with many of
the top stars both on tour and in the studio, including Kelly Clarkson, Christina
Aguilera and Britney Spears. Ben has also formed his own rock band 13 Curves,
in which he is the lead singer and guitar player, the band has just released their
debut (2009) CD entitled "Underground".
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in the Isle of Man, self taught British blues guitarist Davey Knowles was inspired
by the likes of Mark Knoffler, Rory Gallagher, Pete Green and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
At the age of 11, he taught himself the songs of his heros on an old acoustic
guitar. As a young teenager he played in local older bands until he formed the
blues band Back Door Slam with his school mates, Ross Doyle on drums and bassist
Adam Jones. In June of 2007, they debuted with Davey's self penned (all but 1)
album "Roll Away", which reached No.5 on Billboard's Blues chart. On
their tours of the US, Back Door Slam have shared billings with Kid Rock, George
Thorogood, Buddy Guy, REO Speedwagon, Styx, & Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Who and
Gov't Mule among others. They have appeared on television's CBS Early Show and
Jimmy Kimmel Live as well as on NPR's World Cafe and Voice of America's Border
Crossings. With Ross and Adam wanting to pursue a career in Europe, Back Door
Slam split in January 2009. At just 21, Davey is taking North America by storm
again with his new band Davey Knowles and Back Door Slam and his new album "Coming
Up For Air", which has already reached No.3 in the Billboard Blues Chart.
He is continueing to tour America for most of this year, 2009.
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Matthew James Bellamy was a founder member of the English alternative rock band
Muse, that formed in Teignmouth, Devon. In 1994 they used the name Rocket Baby
Dolls and with a goth/glam image they competed in a local battle of the bands,
after which they changed their name to Muse. The band won the contest, which eventually
led them to become one of the UK's top bands releasing to date 5 albums, the latest
being their 2009 album, 'The Resistance'. As well as Matt's many "Sexiest
Male" awards, Total Guitar readers voted Matt 29th on a list of the top 100
guitarists and his riff from "Plug In Baby" was 13th in Total Guitar's
poll of the Top 100 Riffs . In 2004, Muse won "Best Album" for 'Absolution'
at the Kerrang! Awards. The Muse album 'Black Holes and Revelations' was voted
"Album of the Year" by Planet Rock magazine in 2006, the same year,
Muse won "Best British Band" at the Kerrang! Awards. In October 2007
they came top of the MTV2 top 100 British videos, with "Plug in Baby".
On 1 November 2007, Matthew and Muse won 2 EMA Awards in Munich for Best Group
in the UK and Ireland As a band, Muse have also achieved 2 Brit Awards, both of
which were Best British Live Act, and a further 5 Brit nominations. To date -
July 2009, they have won 24 awards and have had 60 nominations. On 26 Sept 2008,
the University of Plymouth awarded Matt an honourary doctorate degree in arts
for his work in the field of music.
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Detroit guitarist Ted Nugent, influenced by UK bands such as The Rolling Stones
and The Yardbirds formed
his first bands in his early teens
including Royal High Boys and Lourdes
the psychedelic /acid/ hard rock band the Amboy Dukes in 1967.
In 1968 they had a hit with their 2nd album "Journey to the Center of Your
Mind." The single of the same
name peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. The album and
song are classic examples of acid rock.
In the early mid 70's Ted turned to a solo career releasing his first solo rock
album "Ted Nugent" in 1975. He produced
popular radio anthems such as "Hey Baby",
Eat Dog", "Stranglehold,"
and "Cat Scratch Fever" and toured extensively each year throughout
and the '80s. Between 1989 and 1996 Ted had even more success as a member of hte
Damn Yankees, a super group consisting
of himself, Tommy Shaw of Styx, Jack Blades of Night Ranger and drummer Michael
Cartellone and the new bands self-titled debut album went double-platinum
in 1990. In 1992, they once again went platinum with their follow-up album Dont
Tread. In the mid 90's Ted revived his solo career. To date (May2009) he has released
more than 34 albums, which have sold more than 30 million copies, he has accumilated
several nick names such as The Nuge, The Motor City Madman , Uncle Ted and is
also famous for playing the semi-hollow Gibson Byrdland of which Gibson Guitar
Corporation has developed a model named for him.
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Tom Scholz is a guitarist,
plus a songwriter, keyboardist, inventor
and mechanical engineer, but best known as the founder of the hard rock band Boston
and inventor of the Rockman guitar amplifier. Born in Toledo, Ohio, and classically
trained on piano as a child, he never picked up a guitar until he was 21, but
when he did, he was self-taught, was a very quick learner, mastering his craft
by listening to his idols, Jeff Beck, Jimmy
Page, Joe Walsh and Ray Davies. Todd
Rundgren was the first musician he heard that utilized lead guitars in harmony,
this compelled him to create his harmony guitar solos. In an effort to be heard
Tom started a band in 1973 he called Mother's Milk,
with Brad Delp, Jim Masdea and Barry Goudreau,
which played all his original material, before putting together the band Boston.
debut album, "Boston", which was recorded mainly in Tom's own 12-track
recording studio in the basement of his home and released by Epic in August 1976,
was an enormous success. The record ranks as one of the best-selling debut albums
in United States history. Boston's best-known works include the songs "More
Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", "Foreplay/Long Time",
"Rock and Roll Band", "Smokin'", "Don't Look Back"
and "Amanda". They have sold over 50 million albums worldwide, including
31 million albums in the United States, Boston
- 1973; Don't Look Back - 1978; Third Stage - 1986; Walk On 7 - 1994; Corporate
America - 2002 and are due to release a sixth album this year, 2009.
set up his own charitable foundation, the DTS
Charitable Foundation, in 1987 to help support such causes as animal protection,
providing vegetarian resources, stopping world hunger, creating homeless shelters,
food banks, as well as animal rescues and sanctuaries, and advocating for children's
rights. Through his hard work with his foundation he has raised millions of dollars.
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English guitarist, multi-musician Peter Frampton taught himself to play banjolele,
guitar and piano, before taking classical music lessons at aged eight. At 10 he
played in a band The Little Ravens, at 11 he played in The Trubeats followed by
a band called The Preachers, produced and managed by Bill Wyman of The Rolling
1966, he became a member of The Herd where he was the lead guitarist and singer,
and was named "The Face of 1968" by the UK press. In early 1969, at
18 years old, he joined with Steve Marriott of The Small Faces to form Humble
Pie. At this same time, he also did session recording with artists including:
Harry Nilsson, Jim Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Harrison's "All Things
Must Pass", and John Entwistle's "Whistle Rymes". During the Harrison
session he was introduced to the 'talk box' that has become his trademark guitar
sound. After 5 albums with Humble Pie, Peter left the band to go solo.
His debut solo album was 1972's
Wind of Change, with guest artists Ringo Starr and Billy Preston, followed by
Frampton's Camel in 1973. After extensive touring he got his big break with his
best-selling live album, Frampton Comes Alive!, in 1976, which produced the "Baby,
I Love Your Way" and "Show Me the Way" singles. The album became
the biggest selling live album at the time of its release and sold over 6 million
copies in the US, 16 million worldwide. As
a solo performer he has released 14 albums, the last one being the 2006 Fingerprints
for which he was awarded the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Also in the 2000's he has recorded and toured with both Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, and on February 2007 he appeared on the Chicago
based PBS television show Soundstage.
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Born in Chicago, Illinois, Nils
Lofgren, rock singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, lap
steel guitar, slide guitar, pedal steel guitar, keyboards, accordion, piano, harp,
and dobro, he has marked 25 years as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street
Band as well as a former member of Crazy Horse. His first instrument was classical
accordion, at aged 5, till his early teens. After studying classical music and
jazz, he switched to rock, focusing on the piano and the guitar he formed the
band Grin. Nils
joined Neil Young's band at age 17, playing piano on the album ''After the Gold
Rush'' and appeared on his "Tonight's the Night" album and tour among
others. He was also briefly a member of Crazy Horse, appearing on their 1971 LP.
Also in 1971 he appeared on stage on the Roy Buchanan Special, PBS TV; 1978 he
appeared in "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" movie; in the early
1980s, he wrote and sang the "Nobody Bothers Me" theme for a Jhoon Rhee
Tae Kwon Do advertisement; 1984, he joined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street
Band, in time for their massive Born in the U.S.A. Tour; 1993 he contributed to
The Simpsons, with two Christmas jingles with Bart. In 1995 he appeared on a PBS
tribute to the Beatles along with Dr. John. From 1991-95 he was the CableAce Awards
musical director and composer; 2006, Nils performed at a benefit concert for Arthur
Lee along with Robert Plant, Ian Hunter, Yo La Tengo and Garland Jeffreys. In
2007, he appeared playing guitar as part of Jerry Lee Lewis' backing band for
Lewis' Last Man Standing Live concert DVD. Those are just a few of his many acheivements.
His highly successful solo career began in 1975 with the release of his self titled
debut solo album. Over 34 years, Nils has released 42 solo albums, the latest
to date being "The Loner - Nils Sings Neil" released in 2008.
Nils continues to record
and to tour as a solo act, with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, with
Patti Scialfa, with Neil Young, and as a two-time member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr
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American highly influencial speed guitarist Fred
"Sonic" Smith is best known as a member of MC5. He later went on to
form Sonic's Rendezvous Band, which released one single, "City Slang",
during Fred's lifetime. At the age of 12 he began to play guitar. In junior high,
he was playing in a local band, where he met Wayne Kramer, a classmate who, like
himself , was playing British Invasion-influenced garage rock. In 1964, Fred and
Wayne joined up with another of Detroit's teenage rock enthusiasts, Rob Tyner,
and formed the band MC5, standing for "Motor City Five". MC5 became
one of the most controversial bands in America. While their music was, as revolutionary
as their political stance, their image as rabble-rousers made it all but impossible
for the band to reach a sizable audience outside the Midwest. Fred was one of
the key architects of the Detroit High Energy rock sound as a guitarist and while
his work after the band's breakup was sporadic, what has survived is strong enough
to confirm his reputation as one of the great unsung heroes of Midwest rock &
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Born in Philadelphia, Sean Costello moved to Atlanta at the age of 9 and began
his career while still in high school. He was obsessive about the guitar from
a young age and he got hooked on the blues after buying a Howlin Wolf record.
He won the Memphis Blues Society's Talent Award aged 14, released his first album,
"Call The Cops" when he was 17 and in 2000, his second album "Cuttin'
In", earned him a Gold Record before his 21st birthday. Tinsley Ellis called
him the most gifted young Blues guitarist on the scene'. He toured widely
in the USA and Europe and his reputation as a brilliant live performer enabled
him to play alongside blues luminaries such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin,
Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Kim Wilson, Johnnie Johnson, Pinetop Perkins, Luther
Allison, Anson Funderburgh and Sam Myers, Lynwood Slim, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks,
and Jimmy Vivino . In addition to Susan Tedeschi, he has recorded with Helm, Jody
Williams and Tinsley Ellis, and his band was hand-picked to record backing tracks
for gospel greats The Five Blind Boys. Most recently, Sean received acclaim as
the primary guitarist on Long Time Coming, the Blues Music Award-nominated comeback
album by blues shouter Nappy Brown. He
has received two posthumous nominations for the Blues Awards, to be held in Memphis
on May 7th 2009 at the Cook Convention Center. Sean recorded five solo albums
in all, his last one "We Can Get Together" released
in early 2008 just before his death.
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American blues guitarist, John Mooney was born raised in Rochester, New York,
but he left home in 1970 when he was 15. The following year, he met Son House,
a legendary Mississippi bluesman who became a huge musical influence on him.
In 1976, John moved to New
Orleans, and soon found himself playing with host of legendary musicians on the
New Orleans R&B circuit including Earl King, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin and
Professor Longhair. He released his first album "Comin' Your Way" in
1979 and in 1981 he formed his own band Bluesiana. Based in New Orleans, John
has recorded 12 albums to date, his latest album Big Ol' Fiya was nominated for
Blues Music Awards' "Contemporary Blues Album of the Year" in 2006.
As a guitarist, he is especially known for his impressive slide guitar work, and
over the years has developed a unique music style by combining the Mississippi
Delta style blues with the funky second line beat of New Orleans. He continues
working and touring with his band Bluesiana.
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Power rock-blues guitarist, Mato Nanji grew up on South Dakota's Yankton Indian
Reservation, where his father, Greg Zephier a musician in his own right, taught
him guitar from a very early age. Mato was also influenced by B.B. King, Buddy
Guy, Freddie King, Santana, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan among others and he formed
the band "Indigenous" with other members of his family, 2 brothers,
his sister and a cousin. The band released their debut album, 'Things We Do' in
1998. With this album, in 1999, Indigenous won three Native American Music Awards:
Album of the Year, Group of the Year, and Best Pop Group. Mato's powerful 3rd
album 'Live at Pachyderm Studios' won the band more awards:
Blues Album of the Year and Group of the Year. As well as headlining its own tours,
the band has shared the stage with artists of various musical genres such as B.B.
King, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, the Indigo Girls, Jackson Browne, Dave
Matthews Band, and Los Lonely Boys. Over the years the line up has changed and
Mato with his band has released seven albums to date. But Mato and Indigenous
are releasing their welcomed and 8th album 'Broken Lands',
show-casing his amazing and ever maturing guitar techniques on Aug 19th 2008
on Vanguard Records.
Earl Gaines was born in Miami, Oklahoma, and took up the guitar after seeing The
Beatles in concert as a teenager. His first band, The Ravens, made its first recording
at the famous Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. Steve also recorded several
songs with friend and producer John Ryan, but these were not released until 1988
by MCA Records as Steve's only solo album, "One in the Sun". He played
with several other bands in the early 70's including RIO Smokehouse, Rusty Day,
Detroit and Crawdada, before joining the Lynyrd Skynyrd band in 1976, replacing
guitarist Ed King. Steve's guitar and songwriting skills were a major contribution
to the band, as proven on the 1977 album Street Survivors. Sadly only 3 days after
this album was released Steve and other members of the Lynyrd Skynyrd band tragically
died in an airplane crash. The crash killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, his
sister Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, as well as pilot
Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray. A little peice of Steve's and his sister
Cassie's lives are honored in the 2001 song "Cassie's Brother" by the
alt-country band Drive-By Truckers.
Richard Gordon "Rik" Emmett was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in
1975 he formed the Canadian heavy metal power trio Triumph. Eight of the band's
albums were certified gold or higher, and Triumph was nominated for multiple Juno
Awards, including Group of the Year Award in 1979, 1985, 1986 and 1987. Rik decided
to leave Triumph in 1988 to pursue a solo career. His debut solo album, "Absolutely",
showcasing his rock, blues, jazz, classical, bluegrass and flamenco techniques
was released in 1990 and became a massive hit across North America, the album
produced two hit singles "When a Heart Breaks" and "Saved by Love".
Rik also started to write for Guitar Player magazine and teach a music at Humber
College. On March 10, 2007, re-united with Triumph, Rik and the band were inducted
to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, all the original members of the group
were present for the event, and April 6, 2008, saw Rik and Triumph inducted into
the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as part of the Juno Awards. On January 18, 2008,
Triumph announced they had united to play in the Sweden Rock Festival in June
2008, then Rik and the band are gearing up for world tour in 2009.
the same time, will
still be working on his successful solo career and projects.
Born Micheal Geoffrey Jones in South London, Mick was inspired by such bands as
Mott The Hoople, MC5 and the New York Dolls. As a teenager he began playing in
local bands, including the Delinquents, Little Queenies, and London S.S., before
the formation of The Clash, The Clash played
their first show, July 4th '76 opening for the Sex Pistols, in Sheffield, England.
The band quickly
became one of the leaders of the punk rock movement in the U.K. Mick and Joe Strummer
co-wrote almost all of the tracks, and by the 80's the Clash had become one of
the top rock bands in the world with albums including London Calling, Sandinista!
and Combat Rock. But in 1983, tension in the band led to Mick leaving the band.
After producing a few artists such as singer Ellen Foley and former Mott the Hoople
leader Ian Hunter, he formed the band Big Audio Dynamite, known as B.A.D., changing
the name to Big Audio Dynamite II, / BAD 11, in 1991. The bands have recorded
10 albums to date. In 2002, Mick teamed up with Tony James to form a band named
Carbon/Silicon. The band has toured the United Kingdom and has performed a number
of anti-fascist benefit concerts; they have also recorded three albums, A.T.O.M,
Western Front and The Crackup Suite. He recently provided the score for Nick Mead's
film, Dice Life - the Random Mind of Luke Rhinehart. In 2003, Mick along Terry
Chimes, Topper Headon, Paul Simonon, Joe Strummer was inducted in to The Rock
'n' Rock Hall Of Fame as The Clash, and at the NME Shockwave 2007 awards, Mick
performed with Primal Scream.
American guitarist, Rico McFarland was
born and raised in Chicago, grewing up influenced and inspired by his father James,
also a guitar player who had a blues band. Their family home was always full of
music and musicians jamming the blues since the time he can remember. Rico has
also been influenced by the likes of Little Milton, Willie James, Hubert Sumlin,
Wayne Bennet, Mel Brown, Grant Green, Jeff Beck and Albert King. Over the years
he has played with many of the great blues artists including Albert King, Little
Milton, Al Green, Big Time Sarah, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Artie White, Kinsey
Report and many more. He is probably best known for all his work with James Cotton
and Lucky Peterson. After
many years as one of the blues' most sought after guitarist in the studio and
on the stage, Rico broke out as a solo act in 2001 and recorded his solo debut
album, "Tired of Being Alone" with many of his friends guesting, including
vocalists Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Billy Branch, and Teela. The album won much
acclaim and earned Rico a 2002 W.C. Handy nomination for Best New Artist of the
Year. As well as a busy composing, performing and recording career, Rico enjoys
visiting the children in their schools teaching and spreading the music of the
Guitarist Jorge Strunz was born into a Costa
Rican family and started playing guitar at aged 6 while in Costa Rica. His father
was a diplomat, so Jorge grew up studying
and playing flamenco and classical guitar in
From aged 16 until he was 21 he played flamenco guitar professionally, accompanying
Spanish dancers and singers, when he decided to focus more on his own Latin American
roots, later incorporating jazz, Afro-Latin and Latin American folk forms. The
travels of his diplomat father eventually took Jorge to the United States, where
in 1976 he and keyboardist Eduardo del Barrio formed the band Caldera, a band
that combined jazz, funk and rock with a wide variety of Latin music. Jorge recorded
4 albums with the band. Guitarist Ardeshir Farah was born in Iran, educated
and raised both Iran and then England when the family moved to Britain. He played
guitar from a very early age, studying Middle Eastern music, classical acoustic
guitar and some popular music, he played in various groups as a teenager. Ardeshir
crossed the seas once more this time to America, to continue his educational studies
in agriculture. In 1979, Ardeshir saw Jorge playing in his band Caldera and very
soon after they met and there was an instant rappor and love of the same music
and direction. Within a year, 2 worlds entwined, they had formed the Strunz
& Farah Duo, combining the ingredients of Latin and Middle Eastern music,
they released their debut album "Mosaico" in 1980, which in turn started
their own label: "Selva Records", (meaning Jungle). When Richard Bock,
an important figure in jazz radio, heard this amazing guitar duo, he got them
a contract with famous jazz label Milestone. Since then they have collaborated
with the likes of Rubén Blades, Sting, L. Subramaniam and others, recorded
15 albums as a duo, their lated recording to date being "Jungle Guitars".
Keith Urban was born in Whangarei, New Zealand, but later moved with his parents
to Queensland, Australia. He began learning guitar and singing techniques at age
six, by age seven his ambition was to make his mark in Nashville, at age eight
he began winning young singing contests. By twelve he was booking his band in
local clubs, and at 15 he quit school to hit the road. He
signed with EMI-Australia in 1990, recording his first solo album, which charted
four No. 1 country hits in Australia. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1992,
where he found work as a guitarist for Brooks & Dunn and can be seen backing
Alan Jackson in his music video for "Mercury Blues". Later, Keith formed
The Ranch, a three-piece group that released one album in 1997, then disbanded
the group to pursue a solo career in 1998. His
3rd album "Be
Here", debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart and has sold
more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. It spawned a staggering three No.
1s on Billboard's Country Singles Chart: "Better Life," "Making
Memories Of Us" and Days Go By." and was nominated or won no fewer than
16 awards around the globe, including two Grammy nominations, CMA Entertainer
and Male Vocalist of the Year, ACM Album and Male Vocalist of the Year and an
ARIA for Best Country Release. He
has to date, released 1 gold, 1 platinum and 3 multi-platinum albums. Keith has
won an impressive 53 awards in all, from 1977's CCMA's Best Solo Act when he was
only 10 years old to 2008's Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for
"Stupid Boy", including 6 Golden Guitars Awards.
Guitarist John Butler began his musical career as a busker in Fremantle,
Australia. He formed his own band The John Butler Trio in the 1995, recording
their debut album 'John Butler' in 1998 and 2nd album in 2000. His playing style
incorporates Western and Eastern styles such as blues, Indian and Celtic. John
and his trio's breakthrough came with the 'Three' album in 2001, featuring the
tracks "Take" and "Betterman", both of which received considerable
radio airplay on Australian alternative youth radio station Triple J and rated
highly in their annual Top 100. Appearances at Big Day Out and other major festivals
followed. By the time Sunrise Over Sea was released three years later, the single
Zebra was getting extensive airplay on commercial radio and proved a major hit
for the band. In 2006, the band promoted the album extensively in the United States.
2007, in Australia, John's Grand National album went straight to number 1 on the
ARIA music album charts, the Trio alsowin Best Independent Release and Best Blues
and Roots Album awards at the 2007 Aria Awards. This year, 2008, saw the release
of John's debut solo album "One Small Gap".
Up and coming young musician Josh Farro started his guitar playing at the
age of 13, influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Sunny Day Real Estate,
Death Cab for Cutie, John Mayer, James Taylor. While at school in Franklin, Tennessee,
Josh and his younger drummer brother Zac met up with singer Hayley Williams and
bass player Jeremy Davis and they formed the band "Paramore" recording
their debut album 'All
We Know Is Falling' in 2005. They toured extensively promoting their music and
in 2007, Paramore was
named by British magazine NME as one of ten bands to watch out for in their "New
Noise 2007" feature, and Rolling Stones declared them the band to watch.
On December 31, 2007, Paramore performed on the MTV New Years Eve program which
ran from 11:30PM to 1:00AM. Paramore
was featured on the cover of February 2008 issue of Alternative Press magazine
and voted "Best Band Of 2007" by the readers. The band was nominated
for "Best New Artist" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards presented in
Feb 2008 but lost to Amy Winehouse, also early 2008 saw Paramore touring the United
Kingdom, supporting their 2nd album Riot!.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Joanna was drawn to the Chicago blues scene in the
early 1980s, eventually sharing the stage with veteran blues musicians such as
James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and A.C. Reed. By 1987 she had started
her own band, The Joanna Connor Band, and recorded her first album "BelieveIt"
in 1989. Joanna covers a range of modern blues, slide guitar and blues rock with
her own compositions very much influenced by funk, rock, jazz and world music
as well as delta blues. Her sense of melody, phrasing and dynamics along with
a very modern technique make her a very funky, soulful and compelling guitarist.
Joanna and her band
are a frequent attraction at leading blues nightspots and all the major festivals
in the USA and Canada. As a result of many overseas appearances, she has developed
a strong following in Europe, South America and Japan, especially in Germany where
she has been featured several times on national television. Joanna has recorded
eight albums in all, the latest to date being the self titled "The Joanna
Connor Band", releasd in 2002.
Ty Tabor from Mississippi, US, has been singing and playing guitar from an
early age, playing an array of genre. His his influences have ranged from The
Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to the original Alice Cooper Band. By his early teens
he was appearing in his father's band, at bluegrass venues and festivals sharing
the bill with bluegrass legends like Lester Flatt. Ty played in and toured the
southern states with various bands in the 70's. Then in 1980 he met up with former
friends bassist Doug Pinnick and drummer Jerry Gaskill and they formed a band
"The Edge", soon to change it's name to 'Sneak Preview', which over
time, turned into the progressive metal band 'King's X'. They have recorded 15
albums, the latest 'XV', to be released May 2008. After writing and performing
almost exclusively for King's X for over 15 years, Ty debuted with a solo album,
'Naomi's Solar Pumpkin', in 1997, his fourth solo and last to date album 'Rock
Garden' was released in 2006. Ty has played in numerous bands including Platypus,
The Jelly Jam and Jughead and has guested on albums with Rez Band, Jerry Gaskill,
Carmine Appice, Ayreon, Munetaka Higuchi, Greg Bissonette, Richie Scarlet , Influences
and Connections, Maston and Morgan Cryar. He currently has an ambient / electronica
style project with Wally Farkas called 'Xenuphobe'. They have 2 albums that were
released through Molken Music and Ty continues playing with King's X and is currently
recording material for a fifth solo album due out sometime in 2008.
Richard Earl "Reb" Beach born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania began playing
piano and later guitar at an early age without any training whatsoever. He spent
years jamming along with recordings of Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar and Ronnie Montrose.
He was most influenced by Steve Morse with the Dixie Dregs, the complexity and
the speed of the Dregs was a challenge. Reb had a very short spell at the Berkeley
School of Music; he left and started recording some of his own material, a mix
of Jazz / Rock fusion, which won him Annual Best Guitarist contest, after which
he moved to New York. With in a year he had become a sought-after session player,
working with the likes of Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, Chaka Kahn,
Howard Jones, and Twisted Sister. It was also in New York were he met Kip Winger
and Reb and Kip formed the band Winger. After recording and touring in support
of three records with Winger, Reb returned to Pittsburgh sessioning on other artists'
records and start collecting material for his solo work under the name The Reb
Beach Project. Reb also at this time toured with Alice Cooper as lead guitarist
for 3 years, until he replaced George Lynch in Dokken, where he co-wrote and
recorded "Erase the Slate", the most successful Dokken record in many
years. 2002 saw the reunion of Winger for a US tour, then in 2003 he got word
from David Coverdale join the legendary Whitesnake. When not touring with Whitesnake,
Reb continues with his solo work, his composing and teaching and touring guitar
clinics and endorsing Suhr Guitars.
Faraz Anwar, born in Karachi, Pakistan was
influenced while in St.
Paul and St. Andrew 6th
grade by a Yngwie
Malmsteen video, he took up playing the guitar. Starting in the studios as a session
player in 1990, he worked hard on his techniques, covering many genre from acoustic
classical guitar to
jazz to Eastern Neo Classical and from classic rock right through to the shred
of progressive metal. This has made him the most sort after session guitarist,
Pakistan; to date has recorded with over 50 different musicians. In 1996 Faraz
got a Scholarship from Berklee after he won the Berklee Outstanding Musical Achievement
Award, but due to finances he could not take
up on this. In 2001
the legendary guitar player Allan Holdsworth heard Faraz calling him "King
of Guitars in Pakistan" and Faraz recorded his debut solo album "Abstract
Point of View" on Allans label Gnarly Geezer Records, an album in which he
wrote all the music & sequenced all the tracks himself. This
album gave him international recognition and also made him the first ever Pakistani
guitar player and second ever Pakistani musician to release an album internationally.
As well as all this Faraz, now Pakistan's leading guitar player, has had many
projects ... the black
metal band "Dusk";
... playing Eastern
Neo Classical with fellow musician as
" Yasir & Faraz"; ... classic rock under "Imran
Raza & Faraz Anwar"
and his band "Mizraab", all great musicians playing an assortment of
genre with influences of jazz to rock to progressive metal, showcasing Faraz's
many supurb guitar abilities from haunting classical acoutic to his exciting,
clean, melodic shed... if you haven't yet heard Faraz, you are missing out.
Guitarist Toy Caldwell, Jr. was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina and by the
early '60s, he was in a band The Rants, while his brother Tommy played in a band
called New Generation. In 1966, members of both bands merged to form The Toy Factory,
and the group soon started gaining a lot of attention. In 1972 Toy and brother
Tommy Caldwell founded The Marshall Tucker Band along with Doug Gray , George
McCorkle , Paul Riddle and Jerry Eubanks, this was really a progression of Toy
Factory. Toy quickly gained recognition among his fans and peers for his unique
guitar style, which relied on him using his only his thumb as a pick.They soon
signed with Capricorn Records and by 1973, had released their first EP, The Marshall
Tucker Band. Through the 70s the band toured constantly, appearing on radio, TV
and Festivals. They recorded a total of eight LPs for Capricorn Records before
moving to Warner Brothers Records to release six more records. In 1980 Tommy died
in a car crash, although devistated, Toy stayed with the band a further 4 years
before calling it a day and forming his own band, which in 1985 took to the global
road. In 1992, he released his long-awaited solo record with Cabin Fever Records.
Sadly Toy died in 1993,
not long after the relaese..
It was re-released on Charlie Daniel's Blue Hat Records label in 2000 and renamed,
"Son Of The South". The recording featured guest stints from his old
friend Charlie Daniels, as well as Greg Allman and Willie Nelson.
American guitarist John Tropea began guitar studies at the age of 12. He continued
at Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he studied jazz guitar, harmony, composition,
and big band arranging. His influences at this time were mainly Jack McDuff, Jimmy
Smith, others included Wes Montgomery, Johnny Smith, Louis Bonfa, Pat Martino
and George Benson. After Berklee, he moved to New York in 1967, where he quickly
became one of the most sought after session players. At this time too he started
playing and touring
with Eumir Deodato;
they recorded 2 albums "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001 Theme)" and "Super
Strut" both in 1972.
Over his so far 4 decade
career he has played with countless stars and musicians, as well as having many
successful and diverse projects with the likes of Alice Cooper: Goes to Hell,
Eric Clapton: Journey Man, Harry
Chapin: Cats in the Cradle, Paul
Simon: Fifty Ways, and many others. John also has a very busy solo career touring,
composing and recording with his own band, releasing his debut solo album Tropea,
in 1975. To date he has released 10 solo albums, the last being "The Time
Is Right" in 2007. Along with his own projects, his band, studio work and
composing for TV and films, John also plays with the Original Blues Brothers Band.
Beck started playing with a banjo at 5 yaers old, but his big influence as a young
7 year old boy was Spanish classical guitarist Andrés Torres Segovia. Joe
was born in Philadelphian,
raised in SanFrancisco,
before moving to New
York were he graduated from high school in Glenn Rock New Jersey at seventeen
where he had already been working professionally in bands for three or four years.
In December 1967, he joined Miles Davis and his second great quintet of Ron Carter,
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams in the studio to record a couple
of tracks - the first time Miles used an electric instrumentalist. The two tracks
recorded with Miles, "Circle In The Round" and "Water On The Pond"
weren't released until long afterwards.
Joe has gone on to be a highly sort
after session guitarist playing in a variety of jazz mediums, including jazz fusion,
post bop, mainstream jazz,
soul jazz as well as
a little rock in his early carrer. He has played and recorded with numerous artists,
including Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Paul Desmond, Maynard
Ferguson, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Ali Ryerson, Larry Coryell, Gene Ammons, Sergio
Mendez, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jimmy Bruno, Laura Nyro, Houston Person, Roger Kellaway,
Richie Havens, Paul Simon, Joe Farrell, James Brown, David Sanborn and Gato Barbieri.
Joe also has a very successful solo career. He continues to compose, record and
internatioally tour withhis own band and others.
Multi-guitarist, including steel pedalist, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter from
Washington, D.C. started his career in Jimmy James (Jimi Hendirix) and The Blue
Flames, before joining the psychedelic rock band Ultimate Spinach in 1968. He
moved to LA finding studio session work and in 1972 along with Walter Becker,
Donald Fagen, Denny Dias, Jim Hodder and David Palmer, he formed the band 'Steely
Dan'. He recorded 3 albums with the band then left in 1974 to join The Doobie
Brothers and recorded 3 albums with them too. Jeff took a second career in defence
councelling, but continued working as a session guitarist for a diverse group
of artists, including among many more Bryan Adams, Hoyt Axton, Eric Clapton, Sheryl
Crow, Freddie Hubbard, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Barbra
Streisand, and Donna Summer, he toured with Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Billy
Vera and the Beaters. In 1990, he joined John Entwistle, Joe Walsh, Keith Emerson
and Simon Phillips in the supergroup "The Best", produced several albums
for the hard rock band Nazareth, Livingston Taylor, The Ventures and Nils Lofgren
as well appearing in Blues Brothers 2000 and can be heard on the cast album. He
also occasionally plays in The Coalition of the Willing, a band comprising Andras
Simonyi, Hungarian Ambassador to the United States; Alexander Vershbow, US Ambassador
to South Korea; Daniel B. Poneman, formerly of the United States National Security
Council and now of The Scowcroft Group; and Lincoln Bloomfield, former United
States Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. Jeff to date,
has had 17 gold records and 8 platinum, been awarded 2 Grammies and an ITVA Golden
Power blues rocker, electric guitarist, Steve Fister started playing guitar when
he was 5 years old, and started playings gigs in and around Buffalo, New York
at the age of only 10. His influences have included The Beatles, Chuck Berry,
Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and 3 King giants Freddy, BB and Albert. In the early 80's
he joined Iron Butterfly as their lead guitarist, before moving to Nashville for
a few years in the early 90's, were he became a sort after session player. He
spent a year with Pat Travers, and Ansley Dunbar on drums, touring and recording
the "Blues Magnet," album. He
next moved to California and
on recording sessions at Jet Records in Hollywood, he auditioned for Lita Ford's
band and spent the next 2 years as her lead guitarist and musical director, non
stop touring the world with the likes of Ted Nugent, Yngwie Malmsteen, Poison,
Bon Jovi and Ozzy Osbourn. Later in the he replaced Les Dudek as guitarist in
John Kay & Steppenwolf with more heavy touring. As well as his continual studio
session work throughout his career and guitaring for different bands, Steve, has
also got his own rock blues band, and is steadily building a strong fan base in
his own right. He has collaborated with the likes of Frankie Banali, Tommy Aldridge,
Stu Hamm, Greg Bissonette, Jimmy Haslip, Derek St. Holmes, Reese Wynans, Tony
Franklin and many others with his own and released 7 albums to date, the latest
being "Live Bullets" on which his friend Walter Trout makes a guest
appearance. It was released Sept 25th 2007, and recorded live on his 2006 European
tour. Steve tours the US and Europe annually to promote each CD release .. This
great guitarist is well worth having in your collection.
"The Snake" MANDEL
Electric guitar pioneer and virtuoso, Harvey Mandel aka The Snake, born in
Detroit, raised in Chicago had always dreamed his chosen instrument would one
day make the noises that would rock the world. After many years of experimental
work by the pioneers such as Harvey, the electric guitar is the major instrument
in rock, blues and many other genre. In 1966 Harvey became the original guitarist
with Charlie Musselwhite, releasing the debut album Stand Back!, this got them
an invite to the Festival in Fillmore. Harvey moved to California and replaced
Vestine in Canned Heat , performing at the August 1969 Woodstock Music and Art
Festival with their performance appearing in both the album and film release.
The nickname, "The Snake," was given to him years before by keyboardist
Barry Goldberg in Chicago, because of his cracked leather jacket and snake-like
guitar licks, it fit perfectly in the Canned Heat line-up! Next Harvey went solo
in the early 70's and went on to be one of the most sort after session men, playing
with many of the great rock names inluding the Rolling Stones, appearing on their
1976 album Black and Blue, his extensive soloing is featured on "Hot Stuff".
He has also performed with many blues legends including Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters,
Buddy Guy, Albert King, and Otis Rush to mention a few. On a sadder note he gets
a little forgotten and passed by, by the media.This amazing musician has spent
a lifetime furthering his techniques, pioneering psychedelic and rock guitar techniques,
broken undiscovered barriers of amplification, tone, technique, and effects, worked
with many of the greats in Blues, Rock & Roll, Psychedelia and Hip-Hop, and
has been cited as a major influence by many of today's music superstars. Harvey
is currently recording and touring with the "Chicago Blues Reunion",
along with Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Tracy Nelson, Sam Lay, and Corky Siegel.
May he continue his great work.
Versitile guitarist Guthrie Govan from Chelmsford, England, recent winner of Guitarist
Magazine's "Guitarist of the Year" award, came to media attention when
he became a member of Asia in 2001. Before this he was teaching guitar at the
Academy of Contemporary Music. Guthrie toured extensively and recorded 2 albums
with Asia, a remake of
Aura in 2001 and Silent Nation in 2004. In February of 2006 Guthrie, John Payne
and Jay Schellen left Asia to form a powerful progressive rock group, called "One",
but now called GPS, with Ryo Okumoto on keys. They have to date, recorded one
album' Window to the Soul' and done some international touring and festivals.
As well as his band commitment, composing and clinics work, Guthrie teams up with
The Young Punx (DJ duo) who have started performing as a live band this year (2007),
they performed live at the Glastonbury Festival, the Summer Sonic Festival in
Tokyo and Osaka, and he performs on a number of tracks on their debut album "Your
Music Is Killing Me". This very busy, exciting young guitar virtuoso, who
over the years has played many genre of music from jazz to techno and melodic
rock also plays with the jazz-fusion
band 'The Fellowship'. 2007
has seen his long awaited, highly acclaimed by fellow guitarists and fans, Guthrie's
debut solo album "Erotic Cake".
Guitar hero Kim Simmonds,
was born in Newbridge, Wales, UK, growing up listening to his elder brother's
records. He started playing the guitar at the age of 13 and sent of for a guitar
on mail order, which when it arrived he had to assemble himself. In his mid teens
he left for London joining in with big blues movement at the time, with Eric Clapton,
Pete Green and the likes. This is when Kim formed his band Savoy Brown Blues Band
and he played a huge part in the British blues movement recording and exporting
the blues back to America, many of which made the Billboard charts, establishing
a big fan base in the States. In 1967 they released their debut album Shake Down,
over the decades they have released 32 albums, the most recent, to date being
2007's "Steel" album All the albums showcase Kim's guitar virtuosity
and his total dedication to blues. In 1997 he released a debut solo album; his
solo work is more blues-folk and he plays more acoustic guitar rather than electric
as in the band. Still busy touring and recording, the now legendary Kim is acknowledged
as one of Britains finest bluesmen.
LARRY "RHINO" REINHARDT
Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt started his music career touring
with The Kingsmen in the mid 60's when he was 15 years old. He got a big break
in 1969 when he joined the rock band Iron Butterfly and recorded the album Metamorphosis
in 1970. Iron Butterfly disbanded after their 1971 European tour, after which
Rhino and bassist Lee Dorman formed their own band Captain Beyond. Duane Allman
endorsed their self-titled well received debut album just before his death. It
was around this time Rhino deployed a hybrid Fender that turned into a '72 Strat.
Rhino hooked up with Iron Butterfly again when they regrouped, playing with them
till until '91, when a car accident totally mangled his left had. Although doctors
said he would never play again, Rhino bravely battled with it throughout the 90's,
and the early 2000's see's him happily back with a re-grouped Captain Beyond,
now that I've gotten through this accident," he said. "I'm
like a 16-year-old again! That's the best high, when you've got a bunch of people
lovin' what you're doing. You can't bottle that."
Hard rock guitarist John Sykes born in Reading, UK, began playing guitar
at 14. Influenced by Brian May and Phil Lynott he joined the group Streetfighter
in 1980, before recording a demo tape with Badlands. Soon after he joined Tygers
Of Pan Tang recording 3 albums. John left the band to become a member of Thin
Lizzy and can be heard on 3 of their albums. 1984 see's him in the heavy rock
band Whitesnake, recording 2 albums with Coverdale. In the late 80's he formed
his own band Blue Murder, recording 3 albums between '89 and 94. John has had
a very successful solo career with albums, the last being "Bad Boy live in
2005". He made guest appearance on keyboardist Derek Sherinian's 2004 solo
album "Mythology", playing alongside Zakk Wylde on the track "God
Of War and in 2006, he got his own signature Gibson Les Paul Custom which was
modeled after his favourite guitar. John continues his solo career and his touring
with a re-united Thin Lizzy.
Bireli Lagrene was born in Soufflenheim, (Bas-Rhin region of France) into a traditional
Sinti gypsy family and community. His father was a renowned guitarist in the thirties
and his brothers and cousins are all competent self taught musicians. He
started playing guitar at the age of four years; at the age of eight, he had covered
Django Reinhardts repertoire, at the age of twelve winning a gypsy music
festival gave him the opportunity to tour in Germany and at 13 a live performance
was recorded on the double LP "Route to Django". Soon after he was in
the US where he met the greatest jazz musicians of the international scene such
as Stéphane Grappelli, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter. In 1984, he was introduced
to bassist Jaco Pastorius and ventured with him into jazz fusion. Together, they
toured Europe, which contributed a great deal to Birelis musical emancipation.
Back to a more traditional style, Bireli recorded 'Gipsy Project' and 'Gipsy Project
and Friends' in 2001 Bireli is an exstremely busy and sort after guitarist, but
as with many of the truly great guitarists, is classed as a guitarists guitarist.
Most years in June, he returns Samois sur Seine for the gypsy festival, where
as well as performing on stage, he also plays down on the river front among the
various Gypsy sites.
US power-blues guitarist Walter Trout born in Ocean
started on the trumpet, playing in the school band. In the mid-'1960s he
heard The Paul Butterfield Blues Band featuring Mike Bloomfield which changed
his whole appreciation of music and cemented his musical ambitions towards the
blues genre and the electric guitar. He began his career on the Jersey coast scene
of the late 60's, early 70's before relocating to L.A. where he became a sideman
for such artists as Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulsomand, Pee Wee Crayton, Finis Tasby,
and Deacon Jones. He also worked in the bands of John Lee Hooker and Joe Tex.
In 1981 be became the guitarist for blues rock band Canned Heat. This led to an
invitation to play in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers where he shared the stage with
guitarist Coco Montoya. He left the Bluesbreakers in 1989 and formed the Walter
Trout Band releasing 7 albums. In 1998 Trout released his self-titled domestic
debut CD under the name Walter Trout and the Free Radicals which was followed
by 2 more albums before he renamed his band Walter Trout and the Radicals releasing
5 albums, to date, under this name. Walter continues recording and touring both
in North America and in Europe.
Palo Alto guitar virtuoso Lindsey Buckingham started playing guitar at around
years 5, he took guitar lessons but does not read music. By age 13, he had become
very influenced by banjo methods and practised the fingerpicking styles of The
Kingston Trio. While at Menlo Atherton High School, he and Stevie Nicks formed
The Fritz Rabyne Memorial Band but his fingerpicking style gave him difficulty
playing rock guitar, he moved to bass. "Fritz" opened for such acts
as Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Lindsey became ill but this allowed
him the free time to master his rockier guitar techniques. Back on lead guitar
Lindsey went on to record an album "Buckingham Nicks" with Stevie before
joining Fleetwood Mac in 1985 for the next 12 years, and rejoining them for a
few performances in the 90's. Lindsey has released 9 albums to date, with them.
As a member of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1998. Lindsey has a busy session and solo career, where at last he can showcase
his sentational fingerpicking styles and techneques. The songs such as Big Love;
Go Insane; Never Goin` Back Again; Say Goodbye To You and Go Your Own Way shows
the variety at which he can play. He has plans to follow his 4th solo album "Under
the Skin" with another solo album in 2008.
Award winning guitarist Vernon Reid was born in London UK, but raised in New York,
at Brooklyn Tech,
at the age 15 and inspired by Carlos Santana, he studied guitar privately with
jazz masters Rodney Jones and Ted Dunbar. He founded the band Living Colour in
1985, who have released 6 albums and won numerous awards including, two Grammy
Awards, two MTV Music Video Awards, two International Rock Awards and several
New York Music Awards to date. Vernon has released several successful solo albums
and although he seems mostly recalled by the general public for his shredding
solos with Living Colour, he has a prolific session output in a variety of genre,
he has played live or on record with the Roots, Eye & I, Mick Jagger, Rollins
Band, Spearhead, Public Enemy, Mariah Carey, Tracey Chapman, Ronald Shannon Jackson,
Don Byron, Defunkt , Santana, Bernie Worrell, MC 900 Foot Jesus, B.B. King, Madalyne
Peyroux, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, G. Calvin Weston, Meridiem, Jack Bruce, Terry Bozzio,
and DJ Spooky among many others and he was named No.66 on Rolling Stone's 100
Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
guitarist, vocalist, Richard Zehringer aka Rick Derringer comes from Fort Recovery,
Ohio. is perhaps best known for the song "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo".
He formed the band The McCoys while in his mid-teens and recorded No.1 hit "Hang
on Sloopy" when he was just 17, in the summer of 1965. He and The McCoys
enjoyed four years of successful touring, when Rick merged his talents with Johnny
Winter in 1969 forming Johnny Winter And (And referring to The McCoys), after
which in '72ish, he played with both Edgar Winter's White Trash and The Edgar
Winter Group. Also in the 70's Rick embarked on is solo career making, to date,
24 albums. As well as his busy solo career in the 80's spent 5 years playing with
"Weird Al" Yankovic as lead guitarist before being replaced by Jim West.
In 2005 Rick appeared on the Les Paul album 'American Made World Played' on the
track "Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl". .Over
his career he has also played recorded extensively with Steely Dan, playing slide
guitar on songs such as "Show Biz Kids" and "Chain Lightning",
as well as recording with the likes of Alice Cooper and was featured guitarist
on several Todd Rundgren albums including Something/Anything?, A Wizard, a True
Star, Initiation and the live album Back to the Bars. Rick
continues to perform and record, with varying musical line-ups, in the rock and
roll, smooth jazz, and Christian rock genres.
Guitarist Richard Thompson born in Notting Hill, London formed his first band
"Emil and the Detectives" while still at school, influenced by a variety
of musicians such as Buddy Holly, James Burton, Billy Pig, Django Reinhardt and
Les Paul. At 18 he joined Fairport Convention, it was his guitar playing that
attracted American producer Joe Boyd's attention who got them signed to Island
Records. Richard also started writing the material for the band. He left the band
in 1971 for a solo career and undertook a large amount of session work, most notably
on albums by John Martyn, Al Stewart, Matthews Southern Comfort, Sandy Denny and
Nick Drake. 1972 saw his debut solo album Henry the Human Fly, and by 1973 he
was working with Linda Peters who he also married this led to the recording of
six albums by the duo. Their
first recording together, the now classic "I Want to See the Bright Lights
Tonight" was released in April of 1974. Richard
has written and performed music for many films and guested on albums by many from
Crowded House and Bonnie Raitt to Norma Waterson and Beausoleil and folk artists
like Cathal McConnell and Bob Davenport. His songs have been covered by artists
such as Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, David Gilmour, The Five Blind Boys From
Alabama, and The Corrs. Since
the early 1980s he has appeared at Fairport Convention's annual Cropredy Festival,
both in his own right and as a participant in sets with current and previous Fairport
continues to write and record new material and plays many live shows each year.
virtuoso Eric Johnson has been playing guitar since he was 11, influenced then
by Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, and Django Reinhardt, later influences
have been Steve Morse, Carlos Santana, Allan Holdsworth, B.B. King, Larry Carlton,
Billy Gibbons, Johnny Winter, Jeff Baxter, Prince, Joe Satriani and the late Stevie
Ray Vaughan. By 15, Eric was a member of the psychedelic rock band Mariani, and
in 1974 he joined the local fusion group Electromagnets, before forming his own
band in 1977. He has gone on (to date) to record 6 solo albums, 1 instructional
dvd, appears on 8 videos and guested on 44 albums with the likes of Richard Marx,
Christopher Cross, Steve Morse Band, Carole King, Rodney Crowell, Cat Stevens
and many more. His guitar virtuosity has gained him 7 Grammy Nominations, "Cliffs
of Dover", exemplified his unique sound and won him a 1991 Grammy Award for
Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Guitar Player magazine calls Eric Johnson
"One of the most respected guitar virtuosos on the planet".
Brazilian guitar virtuoso Kiko
Loureiro has worked with such
bands as Angra, Silent Moon, and Blezqi Zatzas. Loureiro
began studying music and playing acoustic guitar at age 11. Inspired by artists
like Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Randy Rhoads, he moved to
the electric guitar at 13 and by 16 had already joined two bands, Legalize and
A Chave, and was playing in nightclubs in São Paulo. At 19, he helped found
Brazilian power metal band Angra, with whom he still plays. Due to the increase
in popularity of power metal, Loureiro has become quite successful, both playing
in Angra and as a solo artist. He is now known worldwide for his skill on the
guitar, having written columns for and appeared on the cover of the magazines
Cover Guitarra, Guitar & Bass, and Young Guitar.
Gypsy Jazz guitarist
Joscho Stephan, born in Germany in the 80's, is one of the fastest single string
players in the world, playing the very difficult Django style of guitar playing.
He has a style of his own with Django overtones. He executes arpeggios harmonics
at high speed from one end of the fretboard to the other, with clean flawless
improvisational skills, still making the music heartfelt and melodic at this amazing
speed. He plays the very beautiful slower lines together with his Selmer like
custom guitar with the same heartfelt perfection. To date he has recorded five
albums, Django's Tiger, Django Forever, Swing News, Swinging Strings and Acoustic
Live. Joscho plays with his own quartet, sometimes trio, travelling the globe
attending all the top jazz festivals, jazz gigs and clinics. This young guitarist
is certainly recommended listening.
Greg Howe, originally from Easton,
Pennsylvania started playing the guitar at the age of 10, and was greatly influenced
by Van Halen in his teens. He and his brother Al formed a local rock band, performing
in clubs and bars while perfecting his skills. In 1988 he recorded his first album
"Greg Howe", at Mike Varney's Shrapnel Records which rocked the guitar
community. He went on to record 2 albums with his brother and has recorded 6 more
solo albums to date.
He has developed a distinct style that is more rooted in jazz fusion rather than
the neoclassical leanings of his shred contemporaries and is perhaps best known
for his great skill at improvising.
Being so talented on solid and acoustic
guitarin many genres, virtuoso
standard, Greg is a highly sought after session musician, he is hired to tour
with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Enrique Iglesias, *NSYNC
and guests on numerous albums . Greg is currently active with trade shows, guitar
clinics, mini tours around the world and he is producing a series of online video
lessons which can be found on his website.
SCOTT "WINO" WIENRICH
Metal guitarist Scott "Wino"
Weinrich, formed The Obsessed in the late 70's while living in Washington. In
the mid 80's he moved to California making 3 albums with Saint Vitus, and he also
played anonymously with The Mentors, but as a bassist. He reformed "The Obsessed",
after doing a record deal with Hellhound Records recording 2 albums. In 1994 Scott
formed Spirit Caravan making 2 albums and an EP before joining Place of Skulls
in 2002 for one album, after which he formed is latest band, The Hidden Hand.
Scott has also recorded with Solace, The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight, Paul Chain,
Bullring Brummies, Wooly Mammoth, Sixty Watt Shaman and Victor Griffin.
Luca Turilli had an early interest in classical music, and learnt to play piano
and guitar as a child. In 1993 he founded the band 'Thundercross', which became
'Rhapsody', then 'Rhapsody of Fire'. As Rhapsody, they incorporated classical
music, baroque and heavy metal styles in a sub-genre they call "Hollywood
metal" or "film score metal" because of its resemblance to movie
soundtracks. They carried this grandiose sound through to their symphonic power
metal band Rhapsody of Fire. Turilli is the band's lyricist, as well as guitarist.
His lyrics often refer to mystical lore from the medieval age and the heroic valor
of those times, highlighting in particular the everlasting fight between good
Canadian guitarist Devin Townsend started
at age five, changing to guitar at 12.
In his early teens he formed a group "Grey Skies", which later changed
to "Noisescapes". In 1993 Steve Vai offered him a solo deal on his album
'Sex & Religion' and again in 1995 on "Fire Garden". Devin also
worked on several projects with Front Line Assembly, afterm with he formed another
band "Strapping Young Lads" He draws
his music from progressive
metal with influences from jazz, blues, progressive rock, industrial, ambient
and classical music.
from Long Island, his jaw-dropping solo flurries, wah-drenched fusillades and
high-energy freakout has won him New York's Hot Licks guitar contest twice, and
have made him a world class guitarist. Bobby is an endorsee of GREM GUITARS. He
also writes a bimonthly guitar technique/effects column called "The Clinic"
for New Jersey's only heavy metal magazine, "Ironworx".
Bobby Ferrara is one of the cleanest playing shred guitarists I have heard, and
at such speed keeps the passion, he looses nothing.
!!! ~ amazing musician
INFORMATION ~ Interview
60s saw a 15-year-old Randy
Craig Wolfe gigging with Jimi Hendrix, who gave him the name California, as there
were 2 Randys in the band. Unfortunately Randy was too young to come to the UK
with Hendrix. The late Randy California, singer / songwriter /guitarist played
solo as well as his fame with the band "Spirit" and does an awesome
version of "Like A Rolling Stone" on 'Spirit of 76' album.
To say that
Frank Marino excels in a live environment is a total understatement! The power
of Frank "live" is the stuff of legend as everyone who has seen him
will agree and he certainly lives up to his reputation on his latest album. Quote:
When I was a kid and I first heard Frank Marino, I was stunned. His technique
and tone was smooth yet aggressive. He is a very powerful performer and was an
inspiration to me at a critical time in my musical evolution.~ Steve Vai
Greg Cooper is a highly respected
professional guitarist, writer, author and guitar educator from California. He
can take you on a trip from the blues to jazz to rock with his amazing talent.
His guitar collection is well worth a visit too!!
GREG & HIS MUSIC
has been credited as
a very futuristic sounding
experimental style, exploding and breaking the limits of guitar based music. (without
the use of FX or any editing tricks). He is true cutting edge.
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his previous band, Wilson Pickett's 'The SoulMates' and Buddy Miles Express, Walter
Rossi joined Montreal based 'Influence' in 1967. In 1968 the band released their
self-titled debut but split up soon after despite their popularity touring in
Toronto and New York. Rossi would go on to join Luke And The Apostles (1970-71),
Charlee (1972) and The Bombers (1978) before branching off into studio work (Nanette
Workman, Gino Soccio) and a successful solo career with Aquarius Records.
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