Guitar Town July 7-9 2009 Copper Mountain


2016 Performer Lineup

Master of Ceremonies / Acoustic Day Performer

Friday Night Kick-Off Party

Saturday, August 13 - Acoustic Day

Sunday, August 14 - Electric Day

Master of Ceremonies

Scott Goldman

Scott GoldmanLos Angeles-based fingersylist Scott Goldman has been playing guitar for over 30 years.  He found his inspiration at Leo Kottke concert in the early 1970's and has never looked back.  As life takes its twists and turns, Goldman ended up eventually taking a day job but continued to pursue guitar playing in his spare time.  After sharing some of the tracks with friends, Goldman was encouraged to put together an album of recordings.  The compositions on Off Season range from moody and contemplative ("A Sonar") to more aggressive pieces like "Traffic Stop."  In addition to opening Guitar Town annually, Goldman, who is the VP of The GRAMMY Foundation's MusiCares, serves as Master of Ceremonies for Guitar Town's main stage performances, as well as moderator for the popular Guitar Town morning guitar workshops.

Friday, August 12 - Night Kick-Off Party

The Hendrix Revolution with Randy Hansen

Jimi Hendrix Tribute BandForty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix is still leaving an impact on the music world. The recent release of Valleys of Neptune -- a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings -- rocketed Jimi to #4 on the Billboard 200 Chart, making it the highest-charting album of his career. While the legend of this true "guitar hero" lives on, no one celebrates it more than the remarkable Randy Hansen. For over forty years, Hansen has been building a reputation as the foremost Hendrix tribute on Earth. As one of the few players officially recognized by the Hendrix family, he has been successfully touring his act since the '70s, stunning audiences worldwide as he channels the spirit of Jimi and perfectly recreates the stage presence and skill of the legendary axeman. Aside from his loyal fanbase, Hansen's guitar work is respected throughout the music business. He's played alongside some of the greats, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Miller, Paul Rodgers, Herbie Hancock, and original Jimi Hendrix Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell as well as original Band of Gypsies members, Buddy Miles and Billy Cox.

Saturday, August 13 - Acoustic Day

Frank Vignola with Vinny Raniolo and Olli Soikkeli

Frank VignolaFrank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world's top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his "Five Most Admired Guitarists List" for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola's jaw dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him "one of the brightest stars of the guitar".

With over 1000 engagements in the last six years alone, Frank Vignola has become one of the most popular and sought after guitarists on the international music scene. His dynamic genre-spanning music has brought him to 14 countries on three continents - and still growing - performing in some of the world's most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Carnegie Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York's Lincoln Center and the world's oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

Often featured on National Public Radio, Frank Vignola has also become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. His own PBS special, "Four Generations of Guitar" produced by Peter Berkow, premiered in the 2015 season as part of the 10 episode series "Music Gone Public", where he is joined by special guests, Vinny Raniolo, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Craven and Tommy Emmanuel.

Vignola has recorded over 30 CD's, 7 DVD's and has been a guest on hundreds of recordings. He has written 23 music instructional books for Mel Bay Publications. He has also produced 8 full length video teaching courses for His on-line One on One private lessons and workshop courses continue to thrive with hundreds of enrolled students in the past 3 years. He has and continues to conduct clinics, masterclasses and workshops at Music Universities across the globe.

Martin Taylor

Martin TaylorGRAMMY-nominated musician Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator whom Acoustic Guitar magazine calls "THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation." Widely considered to be the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence. Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit. Completely self-taught beginning at the early age of four, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world. In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including: Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, and Gary Burton. Taylor brings a rich and varied musical heritage to his play, to the extent that Tommy Emmanuel remarked that [Taylor] is "a portal into all that came before." Over his career, Taylor has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist. Several of his albums have been in the Top 10 in the USA and Europe. Guitar great Pat Metheny has said "Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument" and Jeff Beck has noted of Taylor's talents: "He out-shreds all of us put together…I've never seen anything like it."

John Jorgenson Quintet

John Jorgenson QuintetThe New York Times has called music virtuoso John Jorgenson "perhaps the best jazz guitarist alive." Known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, Jorgenson has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Luciano Pavarotti, and Bob Dylan. The GRAMMY Award-winning artist and in-demand studio musician is known for creating a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and the casual music fan. His dynamic Quintet's authentic gypsy jazz—the string-driven swing created by Jean "Django" Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris—is recognized internationally. One of the elite gypsy jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head In the Clouds.

All About Jazz has described the John Jorgenson Quintet's performance as "a mix of soulful romance and rollicking celebration, with Jorgenson's fingers a blur that created avalanches of notes and chords, his dazzling prowess often caused listeners to gasp at the speed and sound." The John Jorgenson Quintet is comprised of Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, vocals), and noted master musicians Jason Anick (jazz violin), Simon Planting (bass), Jeff Radaich (acoustic guitar) and Rick Reed (percussion).  The Quintet's new record, Returning, was released last fall as one of three new albums included in Jorgenson's critically acclaimed, limited edition, 3-CD box set, Divertuoso.

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)J2B2

Bluegrass supergroup J2B2 delivers bluegrass like no one has ever quite heard it before, thanks in part to the quartet's fresh harmony vocals, which combine old-school bluegrass with elements of 60's and 70's West Coast folk rock.  The band's undeniable live shows have received stellar reviews and showcase a spot-on union of impeccable musicianship, incomparable songwriting, and seasoned showmanship. Traditional bluegrass standards fit seamlessly next to contemporary songs like the Herb Pedersen-penned classic "Wait A Minute" and the Jon Randall/Bill Anderson-penned CMA Song of the Year, "Whiskey Lullaby." This is the "high lonesome sound" of American roots music at its finest.  The International Bluegrass Music Association wrote "(J2B2) indulged the crowd...there was warmth, and storytelling, and lots of laughter...with their expertise combined, you would think they had been playing in this configuration for years."  The debut album by J2B2, From The Crow's Nest, was released in 2015 as part of Jorgenson's critically acclaimed, limited edition, 3-CD box set, Divertuoso.

Laurence JuberLaurence Juber

Fusing folk, jazz and pop styles, two-time GRAMMY Award-winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar.  First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney's band Wings, Juber has since established himself as a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger.  He has released 23 solo albums which spotlight his unique touch and tone on solo acoustic guitar.  The latest is Fingerboard Road with several tunes representative of particular styles or musical eras, mostly 1960s and '70s — the period when he "came of age" as a musician.  His photo memoir Guitar With Wings is published in a numbered limited edition and as a standard hardback.  His album, LJ Plays The Beatles, was voted one of Acoustic Guitar magazine's all-time Top Ten albums.  His arrangement of "Stand By Me" was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial.  Juber's DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy Award for best sound.  As a studio musician, Juber can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Seal and Barry Manilow, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as "Home Improvement" and movies including the Academy Award-winning "Dirty Dancing," "Good Will Hunting" and "Pocahontas."  Juber co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game "Diablo III" and crafted the score to the NBC Dateline documentary "Children Of The Harvest."  The Who's Pete Townsend has called Juber, "a master!"

Joe RobinsonJoe Robinson

Twenty-four-year-old Australian Joe Robinson is considered uniquely gifted as a virtuoso guitarist and singer/songwriter.  Hailing from backwoods Temagog, on the mid-north coast of NSW, Australia his six-string ability and compositional insight have already earned him a worldwide following.  Robinson has spent the last few years touring North America playing festivals and headlining clubs. Having also played China, Japan, Europe and Australia, Robinson has been able to define himself as a budding world visionary. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that has put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that's entirely his own. Displaying his virtuosity on electric guitar as well as acoustic guitar, Robinson landed a coveted spot as one of Australian Guitar Magazine's Top 50 Best Guitarists.  
This ultra-talented 24-year-old's unique musical sensibility, thoroughly modern guitar tones, and tenor voice are at the core of the self-penned songs about communication and self-realization found on his EP, Gemini.  Experimenting with electronic looping, junk percussion and even a toothbrush scrub, this self-produced project and one-man-band approach help to create Robinson's new sonic landscape.  Jacquire King, a three-time GRAMMY Award-winning mixer, put the final touches on this CD.
"I wanted to call the project 'Gemini' because I learned so much about myself while recording these songs," Robinson says. "Being creative and expanding my scope helped make sure the voice I'm listening to is the one that's inside of me. When I listen to that voice, I know I've got something unique and genuine to say."
"Since day one, I found it easier and more intriguing to create songs rather than learn existing ones, so the compositional element of my music is somewhat deep rooted," Robinson says.  During his teenage years he went on to win the 2008 Australia's Got Talent television series and the Australian National Songwriting Competition (aged 13), releasing his first album of original material, Birdseed, at age 15.
In recent years, Robinson has toured predominantly with his own trio but has recently committed to developing a new solo show featuring both acoustic and electric guitar.
His latest release, Gemini Vol. 2, is a four-track EP that features his deepest and most creative work to date.  Robinson played all the instruments, produced and mixed the project.
In addition to touring on his own, Robinson recently hit the road with Guitar Army, which features fellow guitarists/singers/songwriters Robben Ford and Lee Roy Parnell.  The trio is in the studio working on an EP.

Cindy Cashdollar

Cindy Cashdollar Dobro, steel guitar and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollar's career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many of the leading artists in contemporary music including Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Albert Lee, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrision Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoliel, Daniel Lanois, and Redd Volkaert.

Cindy's unerring ability to perfectly compliment a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo - and to do it in so many musical genres - has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene. Her debut CD, Slide Show, features guest artists comprising a Who's Who of the contemporary roots scene.

"Equally at home picking a vintage Dobro, an old National resonator guitar, or laying down fat horn voicings on a tripleneck 8-string steel, Cashdollar is a master of bluegrass, gutbucket blues, honky tonk, swampy R&B, and Western Swing."
- Frets Magazine

And, in answer to her most frequently asked question, yes, Cashdollar is a real name.

Sunday August 14 - Electric Day

Lee Ritenour

Lee RitenourLee Ritenour, (born Lee Mack Ritenour, 11 January 1952, Los Angeles, CA, USA) has maintained a delicate balance between the individual creative vision and the group dynamic, since the beginning of his career. He did his first session work in the late '60s with the Mamas and the Papas, who dubbed him Captain Fingers for demonstrating incredible dexterity while still in his teens.

Since his early recordings in the 1970s, he has earned a GRAMMY Award and 19 GRAMMY nominations, numerous #1 spots on guitar polls, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian SJ Awards, and a prestigious "Alumnus of the Year" Award from the University of Southern California. He has recorded more than 40 albums that have yielded 35 chart songs. As a young guitarist, he put his combination of diverse musical styles and brilliant technical chops to work on more than 3,000 sessions with a broad spectrum of artists, and was a founding member of Fourplay, which is considered the most successful group in contemporary jazz.

Lee celebrated five decades as a guitarist in 2010 with the release of 6 String Theory, which features Steve Lukather, Neal Schon, John Scofield, Slash, Mike Stern, George Benson and B.B. King. The album also introduced Andy McKee, Joe Robinson and Guthrie Govan. The record was in conjunction with his first multinational 6 String Theory Competition, sponsored by Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop and Festival, Monster, Premier Guitar, Jazz Monthly, Music Connection, Concord Records and D'Addario.

Guitar Army featuring Robben Ford, Lee Roy Parnell, Joe Robinson

Guitar ArmyThis unique show from these triple-threat artists -- guitarists, singers and songwriters -- features captivating songs, soulful singing, and of course, some incredible guitar playing.

Guitar Legend Robben Ford, has played with the likes of George Harrison, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Tom Scott & The L.A. Express. Since breaking his solo career with Talk to Your Daughter, the completely self-taught Ford went on to expand his discography to more than 35 albums under his own name and those of various bands to earn five GRAMMY Award nominations. In 2015 Ford released his latest album, Into The Sun, garnering much critical acclaim. Ford says of the project, "it's one of the top recordings I've ever done."

Lee Roy Parnell is a walking, talking embodiment of southern soul. After honing his skills over more than a decade of playing clubs in Austin, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, and New York, Parnell laid a new foundation in Nashville. After earning a publishing contract and a regular spot at the famed Bluebird Café, Parnell launched his solo career. Throughout the 90's, Parnell charted 7 Top 10 country hits, including "On The Road" and "Love Without Mercy", as well as two GRAMMY Award nominations for his instrumental tracks, "Cat Walk" and "Mama Screw Your Wig On Tight." In 2011 Parnell was presented with his most cherished honor: being inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Hall of Fame. He is putting the finishing touches on a new highly anticipated album.

Australian prodigy Joe Robinson started playing shows with acoustic virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel at the age of 11, won the Australian National Songwriting Competition at 13 years old, and won Australia's Got Talent just after turning 17 years old. Having typically performed in an acoustic or trio setting, Robinson has recently developed a unique solo electric guitar set that highlights his truly rare ability. The new soundscape allows Robinson to highlight not only his technical prowess, but also his increased focus on singing and songwriting. His singing, songwriting and guitar chops are all on full display with his latest EP release, Gemini Vol. 2.

John Jorgenson Electric Band

John Jorenson Electric BandMaster guitarist John Jorgenson and his crack electric band easily move between rock, country, blues, and many other styles giving Jorgenson a solid platform to exhibit the virtuosity that earned him a GRAMMY Award in 2008, ACM Guitarist of the Year three consecutive times, inclusion in Guitarist Magazine's "100 Guitar Heroes" and "100 Most Influential Guitarists," and Guitar Player Magazine's "Album of the Year" with the Hellecasters.

Guitar fans can expect some amazing tones and dazzling fretwork on his signature Fender model guitars. The band follows Jorgenson at every stylistic and dynamic turn while always leaving plenty of room for exciting group improvisation. A new electric album by Jorgenson called Gifts From The Flood was included in his landmark 2015 3-CD box set release, Divertuoso.

Redd Volkaert

Redd VolkaertFor players truly in their element, the guitar becomes an extension of their personality. The wild, outer-space country twang that Volkaert reels off on Telewacker is the perfect expression of both his disarming, easygoing manner and rather loopy sense of humor.

Short and burly, Volkaert has forearms about as thick as Popeye's, laced with faded blue tattoos and bricklayer's hands. His thick, stubby fingers look as though they'd be more at home tearing down a carburetor than tossing off wild-ass guitar licks. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Volkaert started on guitar at the tender age of 10, sometimes skipping school to get in a few extra hours of woodshedding. By the time he was 16, he was well on the way to playing in every Moose, Elks, Legion, VFW, nightclub, and beer joint in the area. In time, he found greener pastures in Alberta, playing in a three-piece band and making a living with the instrument until moving to Southern California in 1986.

Playing professionally for more than 40 years, he started playing in bands long before he was old enough to drink with them. Names like Brad Paisley, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Vince Gill, Johnny Paycheck, Kenny Rogers and Eric Johnson mark the long list of artists he has shared the stage with (the list is longer, a LOT longer), and he just keeps on going. “I’m always searching, never happy with my sound; I still listen for new licks. There’s always somebody better, and I can learn from them.”

Volkaert will join the John Jorgenson Electric Band as a special guest at Guitar Town '16. 

Mark Selby

Mark SelbyMark Selby has established himself as a rare triple-threat talent: a gifted songwriter with serious guitar chops and a voice to match. Selby has written more than 10 top-40 singles and 4 #1 hits, including the Dixie Chicks' Grammy-winning There's Your Trouble and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Blue On Black -- Billboard magazine's 1999 Rock Track of the Year. Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Roy Parnell & Keb' Mo, JoDee Messina and many others have recorded Selby's songs. Selby's latest recording, Blue Highway (ZYX), was released in 2013. HIs DVD/CD One Night in Bonn (ZYX, 2010) was recorded live at the legendary German TV concert series Rockpalast. Nine Pound Hammer (ZYX, 2008) garnered critical raves in Europe and the U.S., as did Selby's albums for Vanguard Records -- More Storms Comin' (2000) and Dirt (2003). Selby contributed to the GRAMMY-nominated Avalon Blues: A Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt (2001). His single "She's Like Mercury" was the first charting rock single for the Vanguard label. A solo acoustic CD, Mark Otis Selby...And The Horse He Rode In On was released in 2006, and Selby Mills LeMaire, with fellow hit songwriters Clay Mills and Sonny LeMaire appeared in 2011. His discography as a session musician includes releases by Wynonna, Johnny Reid, Adam Hood, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap and many others. A superb guitarist and dynamic live performer, Selby has shared the stage with B.B. King, Jeff Beck, John Fogerty, Robert Cray, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Delbert McLinton, John Hiatt, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Collective Soul, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Levon Helm, and many more. Selby has appeared on notable radio and television music programming including World Cafe, Mountain Stage, Woodsongs and Rockpalast (Germany), and continues to perform with his stellar backup band, as an acoustic solo artist, and in a duo with his wife and frequent collaborator, Tia Sillers.

Stig Mathisen

Stig MathisenStig Mathisen is a guitarist and educator from Northern Norway, currently residing in Los Angeles. Mathisen has a Masters and a Doctoral degree in guitar performance from University of Southern California, where he graduated with numerous awards for outstanding achievements. He studied Classical guitar at Tromso University for over six years, and has worked extensively as a freelance guitarist and University lecturer in both Norway and in the US. An eclectic guitarist by nature, Mathisen is equally comfortable with rock, jazz and classical music, and has rubbed shoulders with numerous world-class musicians over the years. A passionate explorer and a relentless seeker of all knowledge pertaining to guitar, improvisation, composition, music history and music philosophy, he has been on a quest since his formative years to discover the inner mechanics and the deeper secrets of music.

Mathisen is currently the Chair of the Guitar Program (GIT) at Musicians Institute, in Hollywood, California, and he has written several of the books currently in use as core curriculum at the college.

Mathisen will join Mark Selby as a special guest during Selby's Guitar Town '16 performance.