Friday, February 26, 2016

Who are the Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar?

Topic: Who are the Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar?
You love that guitar work but dammit you don’t know who played it! This week Kevin and Lou discuss the rock’s most underatted guitarists and discuss your picks from our social media polls.

Thanks to  Vince Ornato , Anthony Leone , Vinni Belfiore, Kyle Ingram , Henry Bachorski, Jared Greece ,  Lou Ross ,  Jim Dofka , Johnny Danger ,  Mark Barry ,  James R Kester ,  Bill Hathaway ,  Mark Andrew Glinka , Katie Simone ,  Michael Bauer ,  Brian Urso, MaryAnn Hershberger,  Billy Menk,  Paul Sexauer

Birthday shout outs to Neal Schon (Journey), Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Eddie Gray (Tommy James & the Shondells)

The Weekenders are a raw rock n’ roll band.

Boasting a sound hearkening back to the days when Rock N’ Roll legends reigned supreme over the radio waves, Salt Lake City-based The Weekenders aren’t in the business of treading lightly.

The fuzz groove four piece has honed the ability to pull from some of the best elements of Rock n Roll from Muscle Shoals to Grunge.    They have supported a handful of national acts including Blitzen Trapper, Band of Heathens, The Stone Foxes, Lukas Nelson and many others.

Rob Reinfurt – Guitar & Vocals
Mike Sasich – Guitar
Shaun Thomas – Drums
Mike Torgerson – Bass

Here’s what the press is saying:

I could easily describe their music by comparing them to every psychedelic band from the seventies with touches of early grunge. But a better description would be to say that they are a band with no limitations. A band that lays it all on the line with no reserves both musically and lyrically.”          Indie Music Reviewer (4 out of 5 stars )
One of the best albums of 2012″   Ear Munchies
If you are a fan of heavy 70s rock, Don’t Plan On by The Weekenders is an album you should get for yourself.”
Think, the days when Page and Plant reigned supreme, Leslie West was the size of a mountain and Grand Funk still had… well, funk.  The Weekenders really manage to capture that early 70’s vibe….But they’re not without they’re own modern touch. Much like Jack White’s latest work that echos a bygone era, everything is bathed in a distinct homage to the classics.”    Ride with The Devil
The Weekenders have presented a debut album with a great classic appeal—a re-imagining of epic music past.” SLUG Magazine 
The Weekenders are a unique powerhouse that reminds us of a time when Rock was truly Rock music.  This is a band you want to see.”   American Musicians Radio
“These are roaring songs that take you through the last 40 years of good rock music.”  Indie Band Guru
  This band from Salt Lake City are shit hot!!!”   The Ripple Effect

Don’t Plan On is unquestionably an ambitious effort that showcases the fiery passion with which The Weekenders make their first foray into local record stores.”   Salt Lake City Weekly

The band’s heady, confident blend of modern rock and blues sounds as if it’s from an earlier time.”   The Salt Lake Tribune 

There is a sincerity in Jake Chisholm”s music that is immediately identifiable. Whether his compelling vocal, his memorable guitar hooks, or his thoughtful lyrics ; he excels in all areas, providing the listener with the feelings of both familiarity and being privy to something cutting edge ; both at once. No fancy bells and whistles here, just a deep and full sound that is a fresh take on blues and adding rock ‘n’ roll elements. Inspired by classic blues, soul and rock n roll, Chisholm’s tasteful yet intricate guitar work and songwriting evokes vivid and shameless tales of love, lust, and lessons learned.
An in demand session player on the Toronto jazz & blues scene, Chisholm earned a reputation as a talented and respected young vocalist/guitar player. Chisholm is the founder and leader of the popular blues band Jake and the Blue Midnights, who rapidly and deservedly gained the attention of Canada’s blues scene, performing at numerous club gigs and notable festivals around the country. This lead to a busy sideman stint backing many Toronto based blues artists including Julian Fauth, Paul Reddick, Raoul and the Big Time, and Jerome Godboo.
Reprising his role as a dynamic front man, Chisholm breaks out of blues convention with his new CD Diamond In A Coalmine. Featuring seven originals and two creative cover songs (Robert Johnson’s “Traveling Riverside Blues” and The Young Rascals’ “You Better Run”), each track on the CD is generous with infectious guitar hooks and gritty vocals from Chisholm, fat bass lines from Chris Banks, and heavy pulsing grooves from drummer Sly Juhas.Jay Danley provides additional support with the tambourine and maracas.
With his thoughtful, creative and powerful interpretation of the blues, Diamond In A Coalmine is a testament to Jake Chisholm’sskills as an exceptional songwriter, masterful guitar player and charismatic front man, while also paying homage to his musical influences.  
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Nashville-based alt/blues rocker, Jack Berry, premieres his first single, “The Bull,” via Consequence of Sound from his forthcoming LP, Mean Machine, set for a Spring 2016 release. Berry’s gritty rock sound has garnered 
acclaim from Blues Rock Review (Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2013, #2 album of 2013) and The Deli Magazine (Top Ten Nashville Artists to Watch, 2015).

Originally from Reno, Nevada, Berry created his first album for a school project while studying in Los Angeles. After performing along the West Coast in a duo, Berry decided that he was meant for a career in music and relocated to Nashville. After several months of sleeping on a couch and working to catch the attention of the local press, Berry’s “ample supply of good hooks and riffs” (Nashville Scene) eventually gained the praise of critics throughout Nashville and beyond, earning him spots at well- 
known festivals, including North by Northeast in Toronto, New York City’s CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW’s Red Gorilla Festival. 

Since then, Berry has logged dozens of shows from Nashville to New York City. He most recently appeared at No Country For New Nashville’s December showcase in 2015 and earned the runner-up spot in Hard Rock Rising’s Battle of the Bands. Mean Machine is poised to serve as Jack Berry’s breakthrough record.

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