First Light is Maryland-based guitarist Ben Sherman's diverse new, all-instrumental CD, documenting his mastery of the guitar over ten rock/jazz tracks that communicate the sheer joy and enthusiasm that Sherman feels about music. Sherman, who is quite capable of freelancing in every style imaginable, takes off on First Light, combining a highly melodic guitar style with soaring lead work on tracks such as the cinematic "Nightmare On Church Street." The driving rhythms of "Countdown" are complemented by a powerful theme and punctuated with fine fretburning moments. First Light contains high caliber performances throughout, and the guitar world will await to hear more from this talented artist.
Ben set out on a diverse, eclectic path right away--inheriting his father's love of jazz, teaching himself to play rock & roll, and taking up classical guitar study. He later earned a performance degree in classical guitar from Towson State University. At the same time, Ben racked up countless nights of gigs with some of the best club bands in the Maryland region, most notably for the last ten years with Hectic Red. In 1987, Ben was featured in Guitar Player Magazine's "Spotlight on New Talent". In addition, Ben has been teaching private guitar lessons for many years, helping guitarists of all levels discover the joy of making music.
Sherman continues to teach and perform regularly around the Maryland area. He intends to push himself to perform to the best of his abilities in 1998.
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Westminster, Maryland 21158