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Johnny Hawthorn Band

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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.

alb 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.

MP3 Songs
Walden's Pond
Shadow Man

Contact Information
Abe's Records
3806 Lyceum Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
United States

E-mail: Johnny Hawthorn Band
Web site: www.johnnyhawthorn.com

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Niko Tsonev

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Blazing An Instrumental Path

Guitarist Niko Tsonev submitted a four-song CD-R, entitled Superstition, highlighted by some extraordinary playing - at times bizarre, at times screaming, at times unpredictable, at times shredding (sometimes all in the same tune). Tsonev doesn't worry about appealing to the instrumental purists - he'll throw in spoken word parts (as on the Zappaesque "It Sounds Prettier In French"), brief singing (such as found on his shredded cover version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition") and brilliantly percussive acoustic guitar ("Rye"). So, there you have it, his range here is undeniable, whereas his direction may be a bit unfocused and undeclared. But that's OK, start with talent, and soon, everything else falls into place.

pic A Bulgarian born guitarist, Niko first picked the guitar when he was 7 years old. While still at high school he received a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, U.S. and later moved to London, where he studied Music Production and Technology. While still at college, Niko was already playing for various bands and artists as a member or sideman: Youth, Richard Ashcroft -The Verve, Toby Smith - Jamiroquai, Mark Owen -Take That, Supra, Mofro, S-Club, Mushtaq, Clarksville, Abs-Five, Big Brovaz, Samy Bishai, Digitonal, Aquilina, Alizee, The Big Other, Natural Colours, Jay Scott, Mojo Filter, Ben Kwado, Fabrice Quentin, Houriah Niatti and others. In 2004, five of his compositions were used by the award-winning film directors The Shammasian Brothers which led to Niko scoring the music for movies such as "The 7 Deadly Sinners", "The Bridge", "Tolerance" and others.

Currently Tsonev tours and records with Champion Jack and DJ Darkman and writes and produces for other artists. He is also recording his solo instrumental guitar album (in memory of Frank Zappa), also a Gypsy music album with violinist Samy Bishai and is part of a writing team with bassist/producer Fabrice Quentin (formerly of Mofro).

MP3 Songs
It Sounds Prettier In French
My Car Is A Tank

Contact Information
Niko Tsonev
18 Flora Gardens
Hamemrsmith
London W6 0HP
United Kingdom

E-mail: Niko Tsonev
Web site: www.nikotsonev.com

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