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Oscar Jordan

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A Throwback To '60s & '70s Rock Albums

Oscar Jordan & The Mighty Sons Of Hercules have released Eclectic Soul, an incredibly diverse CD full of, well, good music. Make that great music. Jordan is a gifted guitarist and vocalist who has thrown convention to the wind and poured a passion for the blues into a stew with other styles, such as rock, jazz, Latin (check out the Santana-like "You And I"), funk, gospel (listen to "I Liked You Better When You Were Drinking"), R&B - you name it. Each cut is as different from the next as you might imagine - almost a cool radio station playing "all Oscar, all the time". Inspired by the rock albums from the '60s and '70s, where stylistic diversity was celebrated and admired, Jordan has taken that idea and run with it. Eclectic Soul, true to its title, is designed to appeal to people who love the attitude, soul and passion of blues, rock and gospel music blended with a fiery and soulful guitar and a emotionally charged voice - isn't that everyone? Oscar Jordan was originally profiled in the August-September, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Born on the south side of Chicago, the seeds of Oscar's musical eclecticism were planted at an early age. Influences ranged from the Harry Belafonte, folk, and opera records played by his grandmother, to the rock, soul, and jazz records played by his mother and father. Of course growing up in Chicago there was no escape from the blues, and when he later took up the guitar, his lessons in the blues would last decades. Oscar attended Chicago's prestigious Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University where he received a B.F.A. from their acting program. During this time he was attending blues jams at Kingston Mines Blues Club, jamming with jazz guitar students from the near by music school, and playing pop rock with the band The Excitable Boys. After graduation Oscar exercised his acting muscles and performed roles in films, television, plays, and commercials. Later, Oscar underwent a holy blues conversion and formed a blues band. He later studied at The National Guitar Summer Workshop. His first album, the critically acclaimed "Mister Bad Luck", was released in 2001.

Jordan continues to play live dates with his band, The Mighty Sons of Hercules, working as a freelance writer for music publications, and writing screenplays.

Contact Information
Big Oscar Music
14753 Runnymede Street
Van Nuys, CA 91405
United States

E-mail: Oscar Jordan
Web site: www.oscarjordan.com

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John Hasbrouck

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Bottleneck & Solo Fingerstyle Guitar

Chicago guitarist/vocalist John Hasbrouk's recently released second CD, Some These Days, is a many-sided collection of vocal tracks and instrumentals, originals and covers. Maintaining a healthy respect for the blues and American roots music, Hasbrouck's ten original tracks brim with greasy bottleneck and daring fingerstyle guitar work, while the cover tracks, such as Catfish Stephenson's "Bluebird", offer keening vocals and rich toned playing. Hasbrouck has been making music for over three decades - he's no newcomer - and Some These Days features the skilled hand of noted indie recording engineer Steve Albini - together they've put together a thoroughly engaging taste of Americana that offers as much to guitar players as it does to non-playing fans of fingerstyle and bottleneck guitar. Highly recommended. John Hasbrouck was originally profiled in the August-September, 2004 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic John began playing rock 'n' roll guitar in 1975 and enrolled in the Music Department of Northern Illinois University in 1979. Being housed in a music-only dormitory exposed him to a wide variety of musical styles and perspectives - one of the principle eye-opening experiences of his musical life. In 1981, John immersed himself in the art of the fingerstyle guitar, and later he toured over 100,000 miles with a popular reggae/ska band. He has studied with world-class players at the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival, mentored with songster Catfish Stephenson, played innumerable cafes and clubs in Chicago, and in 2001, recorded his debut album, "Ice Cream". John's first CD achieved national recognition, cited by Acoustic Guitar magazine as one of the Top CDs of 2002.

In addition to his work as a performer and recording artist, Hasbrouck maintains a busy schedule teaching fingerstyle guitar. He teaches privately in Chicago, and is on staff at The Old Town School of Folk Music and The World Folk Music Company.

Contact Information
Ruthless Rabbit Records
P.O. Box 477365
Chicago, IL 60647
United States

E-mail: John Hasbrouck
Web site: www.johnhasbrouck.com

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