Eric Gales

Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric’s brother Eugene Gales played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Jimmy King had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Eric as “Best New Talent,” in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers  teamed up for The Gales Bros. “Left Hand Brand” which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996.

Marc Ford

Grammy winner Marc Ford, having played in one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last decade, The Black Crowes, is thought by many to be among the greatest guitarists of all time. This record, while featuring some of Marc’s most impressive and extended guitar work to date, also reveals him to be an important singer/songwriter. This significant recording shows Marc’s strength as a writer/vocalist, fueled by phenomenal guitar work that brings to mind such masters as Clapton, Hendrix and Beck.

Jay Jesse Johnson

Jay Jesse Johnson (JJJ) was born in rural Indiana and sarted playing guitar at the age of ten. Influnced by American blues and rock n' roll greats. Johnson has worked in recording studios from Nasville to New York City and has been blowing guitar lovers away in venues throughout North America for over 30 years, during which time Johnson has shared the stage with Aerosmith, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Rick Derringer, Black Sabbath, Pat Travers, Judas Priest, and Jefferson Starship, to name a few.

Blindside Blues Band

Mike Onesko formed the Blindside Blues Band in the early 1990’s with bassist Greg Chaisson and drummer Jeff Martin formerly of Jake E. Lee’s “Badlands”. Their mission statement was to create harder-edged blues music in the tradition of late 60’s/ early 70’s blues-rock artists such as Cream, Mountain, and Robin Trower.

Johnny Hiland

Johnny Hiland grew up in the small town of Baileyville, Maine. He was born legally blind with an eye disease known as Nystagmus, which did not allow him to grow up like most children. he started playing guitar at age 2, and went on to perform his first tv show at age 7. His career took off when Johnny won the “Talent America Contest,” at age 10, in new york city. his father had taken him to see Ricky Skaggs perform, and Johnny immediately went from pickin’ bluegrass to wanting a telecaster.

Chris Duarte

The Chris Duarte Group emerged on the scene out of Austin, Texas in the early 90’s and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South X Southwest convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s passing, Duarte quickly gained a national reputation as young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist. After fielding interest from a number of labels, Duarte signed to Silvertone Records and his debut album “Texas Sugar/Strat Magik” reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 units in the United States, no small feet for a blues/rock guitarist. This coupled with Duarte’s strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chris’ winning the “Best New Talent” in Guitar Player’s 1995 Reader’s Poll. He also finished fourth in the magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.