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Jeff Miller

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Multi-Style Instrumental Guitarist

If you were to hear "Game Music" followed by "Blackberry Blossom" off Ohio guitarist Jeff Miller's new CD, Fly By Wire. you would be forgiven if there was no way you could believe it was the same guitarist. Variety - thy name is Jeff Miller. Here's a guy who delves into country, blues, jazz-fusion and hard rock, using techniques like string-skipping, double-stops, bluegrass inspired melodic lines, blazing fast scalar passages, soulful blues licks and jazzy chord comping - in short, the kitchen sink - and he's got them all mastered and available in his musical toolkit at all times. You'll hear it all on Fly By Wire, fourteen instrumentals that run a gamut of styles, with a clean production, memorable melodies, solid drumming by Michael Scott, and that all-important intangible - attitude. Highly recommended CD for guitar fans open to a large variety of styles on one album - that's not everyone, but if it describes you, you're in luck!

alb Jeff has been playing guitar and performing for over 20 years. He has played in a variety of bands. His music influences include bluegrass, country, jazz, blues, rock and metal. Jeff's main guitar influences include Tony Rice, Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, Albert Lee, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Gilbert, Eric Johnson and Brent Mason. Jeff began playing guitar by learning country and bluegrass standards. In his early years, he was primarily influenced by his parent's record collection. This included Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Porter Wagner and others. Jeff played in bands in his teens, then later studied players such as Eddie Van Halen and Paul Gilbert and began a six-hour per-day practice regimen. He was featured in Mr. Varney's "Spotlight New Talent" column in Guitar Player magazine in 1991 and in the "Hometown Heroes" column in Guitar World magazine in 1992. When grunge became popular, Jeff decided it was time to get back into country music again.

Miller is currently performing with an eight-piece band that includes a horn section. They perform in many large venues in the Cincinnati area.

Contact Information
Jeff Miller
1517 Easter Ave.
Batavia, OH 45103
United States

E-mail: Jeff Miller
Web site: www.guitaristjeffmiller.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.

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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