Guitar Town July 7-9 2009 Copper Mountain

Performers

2014 Performer Lineup

Workshops

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Workshops

Jim DeemingJim Deeming

Jim Deeming is a performing and recording guitarist who has been playing fingerstyle for over 40 years. He is also a fingerstyle guitar instructor for JamPlay.com with well over 10,000 students around the world in 50-plus countries. With a combination of professionally produced, multi-camera video lesson series as well as live video chat sessions, students rave about his enthusiasm and ability to explain guitar techniques in ways that they can relate to.

www.jimsguitar.com

Friday

Matthew Szlachetka

Matthew SzlachetkaFrom 2007- 2013, New England-born singer/songwriter, Matthew Szlachetka, served as frontman for The Northstar Session (www.thenorthstarsession.com) – an acclaimed Los Angeles-based roots-rock band.

A multi-album artist, Szlachetka has busily recorded four albums over the past five years. As well, he has played more than 150 shows a year throughout the US with his blend of rock, blues, country and folk influences. Never satisfied with sitting still, in-between tours Szlachetka compiled a group of songs that he recorded for his debut solo album, Waits For A Storm To Find, released in April 2014.

Szlachetka’s music has been heard on various movies and TV shows, including the hit NBC show Parenthood (Season 2, Episode 2) where he performed in a scene with actor Dax Shepherd.

Artists he has opened for and/or shared the stage with include Chris Isaac, Brandi Carlisle, John Waite, Chris Hillman, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Matthew Sweet, Greg Laswell, Johnette Napolitano, Hanson, Fishbone, The English Beat, Madi Diaz, The California Honeydrops.

matthewszlachetka.com

Sean McGowanSean McGowan

Sean McGowan is a fingerstyle jazz guitarist who combines many diverse musical influences with unconventional techniques to create a broad palette of textures within his compositions and arrangements for solo guitar. His first recording, River Coffee won the Best Independent Release of the Year Award (2002) from Acoustic Guitar magazine and music from the recording has been featured on BBC’s “Great Guitars” radio program, Maine Public Radio, and has been published in Japan’s Acoustic Guitar magazine and Mel Bay’s Master Anthology of Fingerstyle Guitar, Vol. 3 (2005). His most recent release Indigo offers a compelling portrait of classic jazz standards performed on solo electric archtop guitar. As a soloist, Sean has performed at several festivals including the Novi Sad International Jazz Festival in Serbia, the Newport Guitar Festival, the Classic American Guitar Show in New York, and has collaborated with several dance and improv companies, as well as performances with jazz musicians throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

www.seanmcgowanguitar.com

Saturday

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.
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Joe RobinsonJoe Robinson

Joe Robinson plays guitar like Ali boxed, like Einstein knew theoretical physics and like Hitchcock made movies.

If the chipper twenty-year-old from backwoods Temagog, New South Wales, Australia were two or three times his age, his sheer six-string ability and compositional insight, which have already earned Robinson a world-wide following, would be no less astonishing. That fact is underscored by his winning TV’s Australia’s Got Talent in 2008, and the Australian National Songwriting Competition at the tender age of 13.

But with his new album Let Me Introduce You, Robinson has made a daring quantum leap. The gifted young virtuoso has redefined himself as a budding pop-world visionary, deftly walking a tightrope between the instrumental music that’s put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, country and R&B that’s entirely his own.

www.joerobinson.com

Tommy EmmanuelTommy Emmanuel

Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide.

His unusual talent and life are common lore in Australia:  born into a musical family, Tommy got his first guitar at age 4 and was taught by his mother. He quickly learned by ear, with no formal instruction, and has never read music. By age 6 he was working as a professional musician in the family band (variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries and The Trailblazers).  By the age of 10, young Tommy had already played his way across Australia.

www.tommyemmanuel.com

John Jorgenson Bluegrass BandJohn Jorgenson

This new bluegrass group features four legendary musicians: John Jorgenson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.

Following their debut Station Inn performance, Taylor Coughlin at IBMA wrote “As a pioneer of American gypsy jazz guitar, your first thought of John Jorgenson may not be of him whipping out ‘Whiskey Before Breakfast’ on mandolin, flawlessly, to a standing-room-only crowd at Nashville’s Station Inn. But he did, and it was with his newly-formed John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band made up of legendary musicians Herb Pedersen on banjo, Jon Randall on guitar, and Mark Fain on bass.”

www.johnjorgenson.com

Doyle DykesDoyle Dykes

Although influenced by a wide variety of musical styles and musicians from the country of Chet Atkins to the rock and roll of Duane Eddy and the Beatles, Doyle has developed a distinct, recognizable sound that amazes audiences with skill while capturing hearts with sincerity and soul.

Doyle's appreciation for various styles of music is reflected in his albums as they include signature compositions like "Jazz in the Box" and "Martha's Kitchen" and hymns like the powerful "How Great Thou Art." "Gitarre 2000" was released by Windham Hill Records, and Doyle's music has appeared on several of the label's compilation albums like "Here, There, and Everywhere" (a tribute to the Beatles). In addition, Doyle's music has been heard on United Airlines, Air Canada, NPR's Morning News and All Things Considered, Disney's California Adventure, and even the Space Shuttle Atlantis in September, 2000.

www.doyledykes.com

Chris HillmanChris Hillman

A Third-Generation Californian, Chris Hillman was born in Los Angeles, California on December 4, 1944. Hillman spent his early years on his family's small ranch home in then rural North San Diego County. Growing up in the 1950s, Hillman listened to rock and roll on the radio, but it was not until 1959 when his older sister, Susan, came home from college that he was introduced to Folk and Country music and then decided to learn how to play guitar.

www.chrishillman.com

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.

www.roryhoffman.com

Laurence JuberLaurence Juber

First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Laurence Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger.

Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 22 solo albums. The latest, Under an Indigo Sky (Solid Air Records) is a jazz/blues tinged studio album that was mixed at Hollywood’s legendary Capitol Studios by top jazz recording engineer Al Schmitt and first released only on vinyl.

www.laurencejuber.com

Joe RobinsonJoe Robinson

Joe Robinson plays guitar like Ali boxed, like Einstein knew theoretical physics and like Hitchcock made movies.

If the chipper twenty-year-old from backwoods Temagog, New South Wales, Australia were two or three times his age, his sheer six-string ability and compositional insight, which have already earned Robinson a world-wide following, would be no less astonishing. That fact is underscored by his winning TV’s Australia’s Got Talent in 2008, and the Australian National Songwriting Competition at the tender age of 13.

But with his new album Let Me Introduce You, Robinson has made a daring quantum leap. The gifted young virtuoso has redefined himself as a budding pop-world visionary, deftly walking a tightrope between the instrumental music that’s put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of vocally based rock, blues, jazz, country and R&B that’s entirely his own.

www.joerobinson.com

Sunday

John Jorgenson Electric BandJohn Jorgenson

The John Jorgenson Quintet features guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John's band. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson's guitar work.  Recently, John Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film Head in the Clouds.

At a John Jorgenson Quintet performance, audiences are amazed by John's dazzling guitar work as well as his mastery as a clarinet player and vocalist.  Whether playing his own accessible compositions or classic standards, John and his band make music that is equally romantic and ecstatic, played with virtuosity and soul.

www.johnjorgenson.com

Sonny Landreth
Sonny Landreth“From the Reach,” Sonny Landreth’s ninth album, is the first to be released on his own Landfall label. On it, the Louisiana-based slide guitar wizard does something unprecedented in his body of work, as he collaborates with five of the greatest guitar players on the planet – Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson and Vince Gill – for some jaw-dropping performances. Also making a house call is legendary New Orleans pianist and singer Dr. John and iconic Gulf Coast troubadour Jimmy Buffett.
www.sonnylandreth.com

Mark Selby
Mark Selby

Mark 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.


www.markselby.com

Bill KirchenBill Kirchen

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. His current CD Word To The Wise on Proper American features duets with many of these artists he's worked with, including Elvis, Nick, Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks.

billkirchen.com

Lee Roy ParnellLee Roy Parnell

Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat: an ace guitarist as well as a distinctive singer and hit songwriter. His music runs the gamut of diversity: blue-eyed soul, Deltablues, road house rock, Southern boogie, Texas swing, and gospel defying conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of music sources and combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country charts.

www.leeroyparnell.com

Albert LeeAlbert Lee

Albert Lee has become known as ‘The guitar players guitarist’. He can also turn his hand to playing the piano and mandolin. Currently Albert is working and tours with Hogans Heroes on a regular basis.

http://www.albertlee.co.uk

Carl VerheyenCarl

In his 40-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically-acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator  with 11 CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 25 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Carl has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene.

www.carlverheyen.com/