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Steve Woolverton

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Northern California Guitar Tribute

Envisioning great tunes with melodic but ripping guitar solos, producer/guitarist Steve Woolverton put together Guitar Farm, an almost all instrumental, stylistically diverse tribute CD with players from the Northern California triangle (from Sacramento to San Jose to Santa Rosa). In addition to Woolverton on virtually every track, players featured include Steve Morse, Jeff Watson, Brad Gillis, Mark McGee, Stef Burns and Mike Varney, to name a few. "Ferrets" features Morse, Varney, Watson, Woolverton, Kenny Serrano and Rich Bandoni and could be the seminal track on the CD, with a heavy rock feel, blazing solos with a multitude of tones, and an in-your-face attitude. Pat Thrall and Dave Meniketti spice up another highlight, "Barn Dance", a dynamic piece that offers 100% of the recommended daily allowance of guitar fury. Great idea - great execution.

alb Steve Woolverton has been playing guitar for 20 years, and has done a great amount of studio and soundtrack work, as well as playing live. He is a summer graduate of GIT (now MI, Musician's Institute) in Hollywood, California. Steve's dream for Guitar Farm began in 2001, when he contacted the initial group of players and got the ball rolling. In retrospect, he now considers the idea of putting together the tribute a risky move at a time when the music industry was not guitar friendly. Completing the project took four years due to financial constraints and scheduling, as well as a lack of industry backing.

Woolverton now hopes to have the opportunity to take Guitar Farm live, showcasing the best of these musicians. He is currently working on "Guitar Farm 2", lining up more incredible musicians for the sequel.

Contact Information
Steve Woolverton
4847 Hopyard Rd., Suite 243
Pleasanton, CA 94588
United States

E-mail: Steve Woolverton

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George Cunningham

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Delivering The Unfamiliar

Stepping shyly from the background of a stable of Cincinnati bands to the solo spotlight is guitarist George Cunningham with his first CD, the eclectic, nearly-all-instrumental Stumblingham, subtitled "An American Album of Unfamiliar Music". Truth in advertising - at first, everything will be unfamiliar, but a few spins in your CD player, and you rapidly become intimate with the supreme variety of sounds, grooves, tones and creative dementia marking Cunningham's work. He integrates (are you ready?) surf, Latin, Celtic, Middle Eastern, acoustic fingerstyle, '30s jazz and cartoon music - in both hi-fi and lo-fi. Even the titles are creative, from the energetic "Missletoe" to "Art Carne" to the mandolin sounds of "Debussy Fields". Not a wankfest (aw... maybe next time), but a guitar album through and through.

pic George has occupied the electric and acoustic guitar chairs for critically heralded Cincinnati bands The Graveblankets, Warsaw Falcons, Pike 27 and gypsy jazz aficionados The Faux Frenchmen. Produced, co-written coddled and tolerated by longtime collaborator and colleague Chris Arduser, the duo consciously decided not to subject listeners to endlessly spewed figures of guitar notage (darn... we'll keep hoping), focusing on their fourteen original compositions. George states, "It's with '50s, '60s and '70s instrumental pop records by people like Booker T and the MGs, Duane Eddy, Dennis Coffey, Link Wray and Buck Owens' Buckaroos that we've made this record."

Cunningham's live band The Flammables includes Stumblingham contributor John Schmidt on electric bass and Jesse Feaster on drums and percussion, as well as Arduser on various instruments.

Contact Information
George Cunningham
4952 Kirby Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45223
United States

E-mail: George Cunningham
Web site: www.graveblankets.com

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