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Blue Fire

These Guys Rock!

You'll be surprised to learn, upon popping the Pennsylvania band Blue Fire's demo CD-R into your CD player, that lead guitarist and vocalist Josh Karickhoff is only thirteen years old. What's more, he's already been a finalist in one of Guitar Center's Guitarmageddon competitions, has performed more than 70 shows with Blue Fire and gigged at the New York International Independent Film and Music Festival. Their five-song demo features aggressive, throbbing hard rock and tortured, prodigiously heavy metal with fast and precise melodic runs, augmented by a killer vibrato. Head-chopping riffs give way to incendiary solos and fills - this is a young band that takes their practicing seriously and strives to deliver a quality experience. Indeed, their quest to be signed has a caveat - no repackaging into a corporate, radio-friendly band! Blue Fire were originally profiled in the August-September, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Josh grew up with music in his blood. His mother played the piano and his favorite lullaby was the Moody Blues. In May of 1999, on his 8th birthday, his parents bought Josh his first guitar, with the stipulation was that he had to take lessons. He hooked up with Preston Lindey and he still teaches him something new some four years later. Josh teamed up with cousin and bass player Gus Ward and together they came up with the name Bluefire - Red Demon. After a month or so they dropped the name Red Demon - and Blue Fire was born. The new group participated in open mic nights that helped them gain confidence and find out what songs people liked and didn't like. They love playing progressive rock because of the difficult and challenging format.

Karickhoff states, "Our fans give us great support every time we perform and we continue to try to make our next show better than our last. We have a dedicated practice schedule that we are committed to, and are currently in the process of writing some new songs that are sure to get your attention. We hope to entertain you more than ever and look forward to seeing you soon!"

Contact Information
Doug Deutsch Publicity Services
16403 Bryant St.
North Hills, CA 91343
United States

E-mail: Blue Fire
Web site: www.bluefireband.com

Don Alder

Naughty, Wicked Fingerstyle

Canada's Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret", fingering up some of the nastiest, naughty, wicked and wild fingerstyle acoustic guitar music you'll hear. His CD, The Best Of Don Alder, is loaded up with powerful, unpredictable acoustic instrumentals, which back up his well deserved reputation. Shimmering, propulsive playing is tempered by a keenly honed melodic sense, giving his music an appeal to groups beyond the technical fanatics. Regularly performing with the Duvateens, a Vancouver-area R&B/funk band, and as a solo acoustic artist, Alder will probably attract a lot more attention to his live gigs with this CD. Highly recommended. Don Alder was originally profiled in the October-November, 2005 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic An accomplished live performer, Don has toured in B.C. with blues, folk, pop, funk and country artists over the last 23 years. He has also worked as a professional studio musician and sound engineer. As a composer, Don has created original commissioned works for television, radio, theatre, albums, feature films, documentaries and videos. He was a member of the team that went around the world with Rick Hansen in the late 1980s on his Man In Motion Tour, which led Don to volunteer work with the Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS). As a member of the VAMS performance band, Spinal Chord, Don helped break new ground in shaping perceptions, produced a CD and video and made numerous live and television appearances to promote and support music by the disabled.

Don has recently done master class work with some of the best acoustic fingerstyle artists in the world, including Don Ross and Peppino D'Agostino, Stephen King and Alex De Grassi. In September 2002, Don competed in the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

Contact Information
Don Alder
1808 Whyte Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6J 1B2

E-mail: Don Alder
Web site: www.donalder.com

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