Texas Shuffles To Classic Rock
Produced by Todd Nichols from the band Toad The Wet Sprocket, Johnny Hawthorn's CD The Johnny Hawthorn Band is equal parts blooze, Texas chili, butt kickin' riffs, slippery rock solos, King-inspired (Freddie, Albert, Earl) licks, deft acoustic moments and explosive leads. The Johnny Hawthorn Band breathes the rarefied air reserved for albums that strive to ascend to the peak of musical achievement in their audience-defined genre. When you can convincingly pull off a lap-steel version of "Crossroads" and follow it with the attitude of a blazing "Shadow Man", well, your biggest problem will be remembering that it's Hawthorn without the 'e' when you go online to search for it. Get a hold of a copy before the next album comes out, or you'll then find yourself two albums behind. The Johnny Hawthorn Band was originally profiled in the June-July, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.
Originally from Philadelphia, Johnny came to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute in Hollywood, and upon graduation became a hired "gun" guitar player in the LA music scene. He has performed with and/or recorded for many artists including Toad the Wet Sprocket, Debby Holiday, Michael Duff, Shane Alexander, Nicole Gordon, and Grant Langston to name a few. Johnny was featured in the July 2005 edition of Guitar Player Magazine in the Spotlight column and has product endorsements by Framus guitars/amps and Dana B. Goods Music Products. He also teaches at the world renowned National Guitar Workshop.
The Johnny Hawthorn Band recently performed at the 2006 NAMM Show with guitar legend Dick Dale at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA.
3806 Lyceum Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Johnny Hawthorn Band
Web site: www.johnnyhawthorn.com
Turning It Up, Letting Go
King Karma is a Canadian band that live by the simple formula of plugging in, turning up and letting go, and they demonstrate as much on their self-titled CD, King Karma. With all the blue-based, hard rock fury you might expect from a band spearheaded by GIT trained guitarist Markus Wolfe, King Karma delivers heavy, riff-soaked crunch that never lets up - reminding the listener of the days when this kind of music was played all over the radio stations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia. With Shaun Williamson on vocals, Todd Ronning on bass, and Rick Fedyk on drums, Wolfe has a solid band alongside him that provides the push, drive and impetus for his muscular solo work. Imagine an amped up Bad Company, updated for the new millennium, with a touch more aggression and attitude and you'll have a good starting point for understanding where Wolfe and King Karma are coming from. Check it out. King Karma were originally profiled in the August-September, 2006 edition of The Undiscovered.
Guitarist Markus Wolfe, born in Vancouver and a founding member of King Karma, began his musical career in Los Angeles where he attended the world-renowned guitar institute, GIT. The faculty at GIT convinced Markus to lengthen his stay as a GIT instructor. Upon his return to Vancouver Markus joined musical forces with bassist, Todd Ronning. The pair formed a songwriting partnership and would later play with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company in Rodgers' solo band. Shortly after Markus caught up with Todd in Nashville where the two began shaping the sound that would ultimately be recorded on KK's critically acclaimed debut.
In May 2005, King Karma signed with Centurion Records (a division of Centurion Music Group Inc.) The deal would include the US and Canadian release of King Karma's debut album through Universal Music.
4001 Inglewood Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Web site: www.kingkarma.com