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Tankred Best

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Exemplary German Instrumentalist

From The Deep (Part I & II) is the 2004 demo CD-R from guitarist Tankred Best, an instrumental offering which straddles both hard rock and heavy metal styles. Best handles everything on the demo from guitars, bass and drum programming, to production, arrangement and engineering duties. This is his third solo demo CD, following 2002's "Overload" and 2003's "Reptile". Fans of incendiary fretwork, scorching solos, over-the-top riffs and an in-your-face sound will get with the program right away on From The Deep (Part I & II). Best jams a lot of music into the twenty-two instrumentals, which include a wailing cover of Michael Schenker's "Into The Arena". Everything from neo-classical metal to European-influenced hard rock can be heard on his CD-R; here's a busy musician hoping to make big noise in the instrumental music market. Tankred Best was originally profiled in the April-May, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Tankred was born in Germany in 1980, and took his first guitar lessons at the age of thirteen. After several years he started to play in some local bands, actually playing drums in a thrash metal band called Witchburner from 1996 to 1998. Tankred recorded two CDs with Witchburner, and toured Europe, but later quit the band and rediscovered guitar. In 1999, he moved to Egypt, where he took lessons and played sessions at the Cairo Jazz club. In 2000, Tankred returned to Germany and since then has been playing for his entirely self-produced and recorded solo projects. He has also formed a new band called Dangerous Force.

Best counts among his strongest influences players such as Michael Schenker, Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman and Steve Vai, but also listens to other musicians in a wide variety of genres.

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Tankred Best
P.O. Box 1903
36037 FULDA
Germany

E-mail: Tankred Best
Web site: www.tankredbest.de.vu

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Steve Woolverton

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Relentless French Progressive Metal

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. Steve Woolverton was originally profiled in the June-July, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic 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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