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Ben Woolman

A Fingerstyle Guitar Showcase

Fingerstyle guitarist Ben Woolman entitled his new CD Wisdom / Delusion, his third independently released album of concise and inspiring melodies. Woolman has merged every musical influence he has had over the years into what he calls 'instrumental story songs', depicting impressionistic images in the listener's mind. The eleven tracks on Wisdom / Delusion shiver and surge with melodic and rhythmic intensity, involving and engaging the listener on several levels at once. Tunes such as "Sunday Shine" and "Chasing A Melody" are rhythmically buoyant numbers that can be heard numerous times, reflecting the artist's experience and maturity as a songwriter and guitar player. Wisdom / Delusion was produced by prominent Twin Cities musician Dan Schwartz, and represents Woolman's personal evolution, as well as a collection of totally listenable, folksy yet dynamic themes. Ben Woolman was originally profiled in the December-January, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Ben first picked up the electric bass at age 14, and developed his skills in rock/punk garage bands. He later became enthralled with the power of the solo folk musician, developing a love for the singular expressiveness of the instrument. Ben then pursued a BFA in Amercian fingerstyle guitar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Wisconsin Conservatory Of Music. His music has been featured on two international CD compilations released by Narada Media, as well as a Compass Productions compilation produced by Billy McLaughlin. Ben was also a guest columnist for Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine's October 1997 and April 1998 issues. He contributed to a soundtrack for the documentary film "Before I Sleep" and composed an original soundtrack for "Match Quest", an independently produced animated short. Ben's music can be heard around the world and among programming for Minnesota and National Public Radio.

Woolman hopes to continue to spread his music around the world, and his ultimate goal is to improve his skills to such a high degree that one day he will inspire other young players in the same way that the great players inspired him.

Contact Information
Benjamin Woolman
P.O. Box 16285
St. Paul, MN 55116
United States

E-mail: Ben Woolman
Web site: www.floatingfeather.com

John Kulinich

Country/Blues Instrumental Mix

Alabama-based guitarist John Kulinich submitted his eight song CD-R that was recorded entirely in his living room. He managed to get a great sound on his country/blues instrumental mix considering the environment, as tracks such as "Workin' Man Blues", "Raisin' The Dickens" and "Nine Pound Hammer" amply demonstrate. Kulinich's countryish twang is a derivative of him combining his stylistic influences, and he is able to flow effortlessly from substyle to substyle when the compositional situation demands it. Plenty of rapid, chicken-pickin' licks can be heard emanating from his Telecaster, as years of experience have put a razor's edge on his playing and technical ability. One can only wonder if there are even more astonishing country/blues based riffs in Mr. Kulinich's repertoire - we'll see if a big country star takes the chance to snag him for their touring group to find out. John Kulinich was originally profiled in the December-January, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic John began playing guitar seventeen years ago at the tender age of eight as a way to both impress and emulate his dad, a career musician. His father instilled in him the tools he needed in order to play effectively in a professional environment and be a good sideman. John's influences include the Allman Brothers, Chet Atkins and Danny Gatton, among others. He recently completed a season of work as a guitarist at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN, and worked some of the other dinner theaters in the area. Finding the structured environment too confining, John returned home to a full schedule of students, the semi-local bar circuit and the occasional studio session.

Kulinich is currently debating a move to Nashville. He would ultimately like to end up riding a bus with a name act, or getting known as a studio cat - whatever prevents the necessity of getting a day job. (Amen, brother!)

Contact Information
John Kulinich
P.O. Box 621
Dora, AL 35062
United States

E-mail: John Kulinich

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