Guitar Town July 7-9 2009 Copper Mountain


2015 Performer Lineup


  • Soon to be announced

Saturday - Acoustic Day

Sunday - Electric Day



Eric Johnson

Eric JohnsonThe GRAMMY Award winner and six-time GRAMMY nominee known as the masterful studio craftsman behind his acclaimed million-plus-selling breakout album, Ah Via Musicom and its Top 10 hit, the GRAMMY Award-winning “Cliffs of Dover,” as well as hits such as “Trademark” and “Righteous,” has been honored by periodicals in the music space for decades. Eric Johnson is enshrined in Guitar Player magazine’s "Gallery of Greats," while Musician Magazine named him one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century. He continues to refine and expand his musical brilliance in his own electric and acoustic tours (playing both guitar and piano), and his recent live collaborations on both electric guitar with jazz player Mike Stern and slide master Sonny Landreth. Avidly collaborative, Johnson has recorded and/or performed with a long list of artists, including B.B. King, Chet Atkins, James Burton, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (on the original G3 tour), and John McLaughlin.  Throughout his career he has consistently won and placed high in numerous readers and critic polls conducted by guitar publications, most recently in 2010 when he was named Guitarist of the Year by Guitar International.   Johnson has also won more Austin Music Awards (33) than anyone else.  He is a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

“I decided to let go a bit and allow things to happen and just go with the flow,” explains Johnson of his approach to the album. “I think that’s a direction that works better for any artist, and especially for me. I like my work to have a high proficiency, but I also wanted to go for the energy and magic of the performances.”

Andy McKee

Andy McKee is among the world's finest acoustic guitarists and his 200 million+ YouTube views underscore his emergence as one of today's most unique and influential artists. To fans of virtuoso musicianship, it is McKee's attention to song structure and melodic content that elevates him above the rest. To fans of popular music, McKee entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique. In the past two years, Any has toured America, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, France, England, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, China, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Russia - and recently garnered plum exposure playing with Prince at sold out arena shows in Australia as a featured soloist and special guest member of Prince's extraordinary live band.

J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band featuring Herb Pedersen, Jon Randall & Mark Fain)J2B2

Bluegrass supergroup J2B2 is comprised of four legendary, GRAMMY Award-winning musicians: Desert Rose Band founding members John Jorgenson (Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs) on mandolin, acoustic guitar, and vocals -- and Herb Pedersen (The Dillards, Old And In The Way, Linda Ronstadt), along with Jon Randall on acoustic guitar and vocals (Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers, Sam Bush, Earl Scruggs) and Mark Fain on stand-up bass (Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton). The foursome delivers bluegrass like no one has ever heard it before, thanks in part to the quartet's fresh harmony vocals sound, which combines 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 Pedersen-penned classic "Wait A Minute" and Randall's CMA Song of the Year, "Whiskey Lullaby." This is the "high lonesome sound" of American roots music at its finest.

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), John Jarvis (piano) and Rick Reed (percussion).

Trio Balkan Strings

Trio Balkan StringsTRIO BALKAN STRINGS (Zoran Starcevic & sons) performs its original guitar music, a fusion of Balkan music: Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek, Oriental, Jazz, Gypsy Swing, Classical music, asymmetrical rhythms and original guitar interpretation. The result, combining many cultures, is BALKAN SWING - JAZZ GUITAR - ETHNO - WORLD FUSION, virtuoso, rich and unconventional, fresh and spontaneous, brimming with energy. Authentic, attractive music with the finest taste, real presentation of guitar music in Balkan Jazz style, unique interpretation from three of them and the universal music language, without frontiers. 

A real music trip by Balkan carpet, so if you like Jazz, Swing, Ethno, Classical, or you simply like guitar music, it is your perfect choice. They invented 6 hands playing on 1 guitar and that is their trademark. They have performed in many Festivals (Jazz, Classical Guitar, World music) and concerts in: USA, Canada, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Moldova, Slovakia, Chech Republic, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, UK, Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. They did master classes-clinics and concerts for classical and Jazz guitar students in Europe and in the USA.

Richard Smith

When Richard Smith picks up a guitar, it's a treat for the ears and the eyes. Audiences watch in amazement, while his fingers dance over fretboard and strings, and listen in delight, as melody and groove fill the room. It's a natural gift. Born in Beckenham, Kent in England, Smith is well-known for mixing it up - using various techniques and playing a wide range of musical styles. Blues, Joplin Rags, Bach, Chopin, flatpicking fiddle tunes, Sousa Marches, and fingerstyle jazz to straight Merle Travis picking tunes make up his evolving repertoire. Smith has played with Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Les Paul, John Jorgenson, Boots Randolph, Nato Lima and many others. Smith is a National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and was inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in 2009.

Rory HoffmanRory Hoffman

Rory Hoffman is a Nashville based guitarist, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. Raised on a small ranch in North Dakota, Rory grew up recording and touring with the family Gospel band. He started teaching himself to play guitar and piano at age 3. By age 5 he was the drummer in the family band. He currently plays over a dozen stringed, keyboard and wind instruments.

Rory's personal musical career was jumpstarted in 1999 upon winning Grand Champion Instrumentalist at the Christian Artist Seminar in the Rockies. In 2001 he traveled to Nashville for the first time to record his Gospel instrumental CD, "Blind Faith". He then helped form Depot Music Productions, based in Mobridge South Dakota. There he self-produced his second album "fishin'", this time choosing country music as his theme. While with Depot Music, Rory produced several other studio projects for local and regional artists. in 2004 and 2005 he received Instrumentalist of the Year from the ICMA based in Nashville.

Scott Goldman

Scott GoldmanScott Goldman has been playing guitar for over thirty years. He found his inspiration at Leo Kottke concert in the early 1970's and never looked back. As life takes its twists and turns Scott got a day job but continued to pursue guitar playing in his spare time. The compositions on "Off Season" were written over the last three years. They range from moody and contemplative (A Sonar) to more aggressive pieces like "Traffic Stop." After sharing some of the tracks with friends, Scott was encouraged to put together this CD.


Steve Vai

Steve VaiWhile many artists fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai remains unclassifiable. He is a musical alchemist of the highest order. Throughout the years, Vai has awed fans of all genres with his exceptional guitar skills and musicianship. He boasts career sales of over 15 million records, 15 GRAMMY nominations, and three GRAMMY wins and has toured the world as a solo artist, as a member of G3, and with Frank Zappa and bands such as Alcatrazz, The David Lee Roth Band, and Whitesnake.

As an accomplished audio producer, Vai has written, produced, and engineered all of his solo albums, released via Favored Nations, his own independent record label that has released over 70 albums by legendary musicians such as Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Lukather, Eric Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton and many more. For Vai, virtuosity and versatility are not mutually exclusive. He has created music for blockbuster films, bestselling video games, national sports franchises, and corporate brand initiatives. His career accomplishments have earned him honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and Musicians Institute.

Robben Ford

Robben FordOne of the premier electric guitarists today, Robben Ford is particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time GRAMMY nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Clause Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield and many others. Robben's impressive, acclaimed body of work continues to receive praise from critics and peers alike.

Larry Groce, Host of NPR's Mountain Stage, has said, "If you see a list of the greatest guitar players of the last 50 years that doesn't include Robben Ford on it, be suspicious." has noted that Robben's playing can be summed up in one word: "Sophistication. The term describes Ford's music on a number of levels. The eclectic musician regularly touches on blues, jazz, R&B, and rock, blending instrumental and lyrical ideas into a package so elegant, yet musically invigorating."

Ford is finishing work on a new album -- the follow-up to the critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville -- which will be released later this year.

Sonny Landreth
Sonny LandrethSonny Landreth's 11th album, bearing the fittingly evocative title Elemental Journey, is something very different from the Louisiana slide wizard. Released on his own Landfall label on May 22, 2012, the new CD is Landreth's first all-instrumental effort and his most adventurous work to date.

"From day one on the guitar, many genres of music have had an impact on me" says Landreth. "For these recordings, I drew from some of those influences that I hadn't gone to on previous albums with my vocals. Trading off the lyrics this time, I focused solely on the instrumental side and all this music poured out. Then I asked some extraordinary musicians to help me layer the tracks in hopes of inspiring a lot of imagery for the listeners."

Like its predecessor, From the Reach (2008), Elemental Journey features guest stars, in this case handpicked by Landreth for what each could bring to a particular aural canvas. Joe Satriani delivers an astonishing, ferocious solo on the audacious opener "Gaia Tribe," the returning virtuoso Eric Johnson casts his seductive spell on the dusky dreamscape "Passionola" and steel drum master Robert Greenidge brings his magical overtones to the balmy, swaying "Forgotten Story."

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. Renowned Scottish bassist Alan Thomson (Rick Wakeman, John Martyn, Jeff Beck), Italian drummer Cesare Valbusa (James Burton, Carl Verheyen) and keyboardist Franz Bazzani (Albert Lee, Tommy Emmanuel) follow Jorgenson at every stylistic and dynamic turn while always leaving plenty of room for exciting group improvisation.

Chris Casello

Chris CaselloGuitarist Chris Casello is one the most dynamic and entertaining guitarist in the world of roots music today. Casello takes his influences from Les Paul and Chet Atkins to Chuck Berry and Link Wray, multitasking guitar, steel and vocals in a high energy swinging rockabilly blues explosion.

Originally from the Detroit area, Chris has worked with dozens of artists and toured the world, specializing in roots styles from swing, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, and country.

Chris Casello has been honored as the #1 Honky-Tonk Hero 2011 by the Best Of Nashville Scene and has been listed among the Top 10 Best Dressed in Nashville by! Casello has been honored by Detroit Metro Times polls in the jazz, country and rock categories and was recently nominated in the Best Musician category for Austin’s International Ameripolitan Awards 2014. Chris is a second generation inductee into The Rockabilly Hall of Fame and is a Kentucky Colonel.

Mark Selby

Mark SelbyMark Selby is a native of Oklahoma and Kansas now based in Nashville. He has established himself as a rare triple-threat talent: a gifted songwriter with serious guitar chops and a voice to match.

Songwriter: 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's1998 Rock Track of the Year. Wynona, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Roy Parnell & Keb Mo, JoDee Messina and many others have recorded Selby's songs.

Recording Artist: Selby's new Nine Pound Hammer CD on the ZYX label is garnering critical raves in Europe and will be released in the U.S. in late 2008. He has released two internationally acclaimed blues/rock albums for Vanguard Records -- More Storms Comin' (2000) and Dirt (2003) and 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. His discography as a session musician includes recent releases by Wynona, Kenny Rogers, Jamie O'Hara, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Reid, and the Keni Thomas album Flags of our Fathers, which Selby co-produced with Brent Maher.

Live Performer: A virtuoso guitarist and dynamic live artist, Mark Selby has shared the stage with B.B. King, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Robert Cray, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Delbert McLinton, John Hiatt, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Collective Soul, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Levon Helm, Junior Brown, and many more. Selby has appeared on notable radio and television music programming including World Cafe, Mountain Stage, and Woodsongs, 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.