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Instructor Readies Debut Instrumental CD

Guitarist Dave Bates submitted a two-song demo CD-R with rough mixes from his upcoming debut instrumental guitar CD, entitled "The Trouble With You...", which will be released on Rock Guitar Records. The two cuts, "Stuck In The Mud" and "Hard Life" are both raucous examples of the formidable technique that Bates possesses on the instrument. While the drum machine backing groove doesn't match up with the metallic onslaught, guitar fanatics can concentrate on what's important--the shred, the speed and the intensity. Aficionados of heavy instrumental rock will have to wait for Bates to finish tracking and mixing his new CD, before their thirst for Bates' brand of guitar wizardry. Bates was originally profiled in the August-September, 1999 edition of The Undiscovered.

alb Dave is featured in the Metal Method "Ozzy Styles" guitar instructional video, which is distributed worldwide. In addition the Ozzy video, Dave is featured in two other videos, "Stevie Ray Vaughan Style" and "The Metal Video". He is a graduate of the Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California. Dave has over 17 years experience as a player/teacher and has amassed numerous studio and club dates nationally. He has also done clinics for T.C. Electronics.

Bates is currently featured in a weekly online guitar lesson for Rock Guitar Online. He is maintaining a busy performance schedule, gigging with the Dave Paris Project, Blizzard of Ozz and Kill Van Kull. Bates still manages to find time to teach at two California music stores - North Valley Music and Instrumental Music.

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Dave Bates
19036 Kittridge St. #4
Reseda, CA 91335
United States

Web site: members.aol.com/ttlguitar

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Drew Barrett

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Powerful Rhythms, Sweeping Guitars

The Strolling Minstrel starts off with a real misdirection. The cover of the new CD from New York native Drew Barrett pictures the singer/songwriter, producer/engineer with an acoustic guitar, and then the CD opens with a fuzzed-out, heavily flanged rhythm track with an equally overdriven solo passage. While more a vocal record than a guitar dominated lickfest, this may be more due to Barrett's great vocals. His sister Corinne Barrett contributes backup and some lead vocals as well, and the talent obviously runs in the family--she has a gorgeous, expressive voice. What a team! Barrett uses his acoustic guitar to support and deliver the infectious, edgy hooks of his honestly memorable rock/pop. The buzz should form quickly for Barrett if he continues to produce excellent material such as can be experienced today on The Strolling Minstrel. Barrett was originally profiled in the December-January, 1999 edition of The Undiscovered.

pic Drew has been writing, recording and performing music for over ten years. He begin his music career fronting the hard rock band Barakade. Barakade released a full length CD, "Volume 1", in 1995 on Magellan Records, with all 12 songs on the CD being co-written by Drew. Several songs from the CD went into heavy rotation on many college and commercial radio stations in the USA. Since the band's breakup in 1997, Drew has been working on the tracks for The Strolling Minstrel.

Barrett plans to continue seeking exposure, publicity and airplay of any kind to aid him to compete with the giants that control most of the music industry.

Contact Information
Skyward Productions
46 Relda Street
Plainview, NY 11803
United States

Web site: www.drewbarrett.com

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