Stu Larsen is an Aussie singer/songwriter with a wild streak of wanderlust and a knack for tastefully marrying narrative and melody. Emerging in 2014 with the aptly named Vagabond, his congenial folk-pop is both exploratory and inclusive, a love letter to the power of music and travel.
21 year old Quinn Sullivan’s musical odyssey began with an early obsession with the guitar and in particular, the music of The Beatles. He proved to be a voracious learner and by the age of 6, was performing Beatles classics with his own tribute band, playing local concerts around the Boston area where he grew up. One of Quinn’s earliest musical memories was attending his first live concert in 2005 , which just happened to be Paul McCartney at the Boston Garden. He was completely taken in by the show, galvanizing not only his love for music, but the idea that playing music onstage, in front of an audience, is something he would love to do. A few months later, Quinn was invited to perform on an early episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show. His solo version of Twist and Shout brought down the house and Quinn has never looked back.
The story continued in 2008, when Quinn met guitar icon Buddy Guy at a concert in his hometown in Massachusetts. He was invited to sit in that night and remembers feeling quite at home on stage. “For some reason I wasn’t nervous… just excited” Buddy was sufficiently impressed and a year later, Quinn was asked if he wanted to go on tour with him during his summer school vacation. He jumped at the chance and had the best Summer of his life.
That seminal experience morphed into 10 years of touring the world with Buddy Guy and his band, playing iconic venues and festivals including the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, RFK Stadium, Montreux Jazz Festival, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival . During this time Quinn continued to expand his songwriting portfolio, delved deeper into his instrument, and fine tuned his vocal prowess while collaborating with many of his musical heroes both on stage and in the studio.
After a decade that included 3 album releases, numerous TV appearances , as well as countless miles of grinding it out on the road with his band, Quinn is now poised for the future. In early 2019 Quinn began work on his fourth album in Los Angeles with Producer Oliver Leiber. For this new project, the songwriting dives inward to explore personal themes of love and loneliness as well as universal themes of hope and optimism in an uncertain world. At the heart of the project lies Quinn’s stirring vocals and stunning guitar work. This latest collaboration with Leiber sees Quinn with full co-writing credit for the first time. Release scheduled for late 2020 accompanied by national and international touring.
Connor Selby is a rising British star in the traditions of Eric Clapton and Peter Green, who has already performed with his band at Wembley Stadium, at the age of 22, at the behest of The Who.
Recently voted the “Young Artist of the Year” in the 2020 UK Blues Awards, the young bandleader-guitarist-vocalist draws on influences as diverse as B.B. King, Ray Charles, Free and Nick Drake, creating a soulful blend of hard-hitting blues and emotional, introspective song writing, which, at times, evokes a modern take on the best of the British blues boom of the 1960’s.
Connor has recently recorded a self-titled album at Masterlink studios, due for release later this year, featuring ‘Redtenbacher’s Funkestra’, a house band of world class musicians with a CV’s to prove it (think Elton John, David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Jack Bruce etc). This release should further cement Connor’s reputation as one of our brightest young talents; a talent who has already garnered invitations to tour with not only with legendary Bluesman John Mayall but also a UK stadium tour with the aforementioned The Who.
Striking a masterful balance between old soul & modern flair, Will Johns is one of the most distinctive and exciting British Blues performers in the world today.
Born in 1973, this is a man with the music in his blood, but it’s hardly surprising given his pedigree. His parents are actress/model Paula Boyd, sister of Pattie, and record producer Andy Johns (who worked with the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton), and his uncles include Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood,George Harrison and Glyn Johns.
Will started playing the guitar as a teenager, with plenty of encouragement from Uncle Eric. Like any great musician though, it wasn’t long before Johns’ own creativity kicked-in and he soon developed his own unique sound that is both cutting-edge and steeped in blues history.
Will is now a hugely respected songwriter & performer, having released three solo albums and having been nominated for ‘Best Original Blues Song’ by the British Blues Awards for three consecutive years.
A favourite among festival goers, Will has appeared across the U.K. at such prestigious events as Blues On The Farm, Birmingham Jazz and Blues, Rainbow Festival and Cambridge Rock Festival.
Will has also toured the Czech Republic and Belgium to sold out venues. More adventures took him to Russia to perform in Moscow, St Petersburg, Koktebel as well as a maximum security prison for Female offenders!
A testament to his authenticity & skill, Johns has also performed alongside luminaries such as Eric Clapton, Nile Rodgers, Ronnie Wood, Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Mick Taylor, Glenn Hughes, Robin Ford, Dennis Chambers and Terry Reid. Particular highlights include his performance of ‘White Room’ at the commemorative concert, “An Evening for Jack” Bruce at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2017, as well as performing “Crossroads” alongside Uncle Eric at the 2020 Ginger Baker Memorial Concert.
More recently, Will has been touring the United States and the UK with The Music Of Cream with Kofi Baker.
2020 sees Will crystallizing his musical vision with “The Blues Album” in the works and an extensive US tour playing the Disreali Gears album and Clapton classics with The Music of Cream.
Othman Wahabi is a Moroccan-Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and music producer who has carved his own niche in the blues genre. He is best known for his slide guitar work, versatile vocals and eclectic records that are a mix of blues, rock, roots, jazz, folk and experimental sounds. His music is described as trance blues and while some of his compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism other songs stay true to the traditional blues roots formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. Othman is internationally recognized and have been featured on many prestigious publications, websites and radio shows including the famous Blues Show with Cerys Matthews on the BBC2 radio.
Singer Songwriter/Guitarist in the newly formed jam band Teachers in Custody.
Zane Carney – dubbed “The Future Of Electric Guitar” by Huffington Post – is a Singer-Songwriter, and GRAMMY® Nominated Guitarist, most known for his work with John Mayer, Avril LaVigne, Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” and LA Based Rock Band CARNEY. Zane has worked with countless icons including Bono and Edge of U2, David Foster, Justin Timberlake, and Don Was and has shared the stage with Steven Tyler, Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder and many, many more.
Zane has headlined shows in Japan, Australia, Korea, Mexico, Europe, and many cities across the USA including his hometowns of NYC and LA, and his former Interscope-signed band CARNEY was lauded by industry greats including Jimmy Iovine and Bob Lefsetz while opening for everyone from U2 to Gov’t Mule to Fergie.
While Bono has referred to Zane as “the best guitarist in NY,” it’s clear that Zane’s passion for singing and songwriting is gaining equal buzz amongst industry greats and fans alike. This notoriety has opened many new doors, including co-writing on Avril LaVigne’s album “Head Above Water” and opening for Jonny Lang across the globe.
Outside of being one of the most in demand guitarists in the industry and a full fledged solo artist in his own right, Zane also has two new projects that are quickly gaining steam. One is EVAN + ZANE which is a new band formed with Award Winning Actor/Singer Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) that blends her charismatic, other-worldly vocals with Zane’s film-score meets jazz-phenom brand of rock and roll . The other is zane carney / tommy king: a new scoring partnership with GRAMMY® Nominated Pianist Tommy King that explores musical storytelling in an inventive new way.
Zane has four solo releases on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play including his jazz guitar album Amalgam, singer-songwriter debut Confluence, Live In Tokyo: The Bootlegs and scoring project Film.
During quarantine, Zane is streaming at twitch.tv/zanecarney 5 days a week, gaining a significant audience due to his best in class streaming setup featuring 1080p/60fps cinematic visuals, mastered-record audiophile sound and blistering guitar work all balanced by Zane’s disarming relatability.
Member of the KP3 Trio, PBJ and the band Run Forrest Run!
Brian Durbin is the lead singer of the 80’s Hair Rock/Metal Tribute Band Hairbangers Ball.
History Of Hairbangers Ball
Rolling through the “Decade of Decadence” like a 50-ton freight train, iconic bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, and Poison (to mention only a few) made the 1980’s a musical era the likes of which we’re doubtful to see again. Millions upon millions of records were sold, and concert venues around the world sold out within seconds when these bands were announced as headliners…
In 2001, lamenting the heyday of hairbands, one Chicago band sought to rekindle the flame for these Gods of Rock by tapping into the nostalgic and undeniable energy of that bygone era. They called themselves Hairbanger’s Ball.
Born from a “what if?” scenario, Hairbanger’s Ball has entrenched themselves as one of the most sought after “80’s Hair Rock Tribute Bands” in the United States after years of performing sold out shows from coast to coast, all while exuding the same expert musicianship and flair for the theatrical as their idols. Now on the cusp of celebrating 15 years in existence, Hairbanger’s Ball has been a mainstay in music for longer than some of their celebrity counterparts, and routinely perform over 150 shows a year.
Whether you’re looking to bring back the memory of a favorite concert seen in 1985 or seeking a true-to-life representation of what a rock concert was like in the 80’s, Hairbanger’s Ball provides both the music and the mayhem for young and old alike, bundled together in a 6-piece, high octane lineup. Featuring powerful male and female lead vocals, some serious ax grinding and renditions of classic songs so much like the original you’d swear you’d gone back in time, Hairbanger’s Ball leaves nothing to be desired after seeing and listening to them live, which is why they’ve been named “Best Rock Band” in Chicago by their throngs of adoring fans.
In addition to traditional concert venues, Hairbanger’s Ball is also available for bookings at club venues, private events and parties, weddings, and corporate gatherings, having entertained heavy-hitters such as KIA Motors, Miller Brewing Company, AOL, The Phoenix Open, the United States Armed Forces, and many more.
Once Vinnie Moore picked up his first guitar (a Kay) at the age of 12, he became, as he describes it, a “guitar freak.” His earliest influences included – among others – Jeff Beck, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Queen.
Vinnie took lessons with a private instructor and at 14, he joined his first band, jamming on cover tunes with drums, bass, 2 guitars and vocals. After a few years of playing with different bands, Vinnie decided it was time to make the jump from covering songs to creating his own music. He quit the band, got a 4-track tape recorder, and began experimenting by recording his ideas and building them into songs. It was evident that he had found his calling; this was the start of his journey as a songwriter.
After many hours of creating tunes with his 4 track, Vinnie sent a demo to Guitar Player magazine, and came to national attention via its “Spotlight” column, written by Shrapnel Records exec Mike Varney. This led to Vinnie’s first professional work in the music business which was writing and playing the music for a national Pepsi TV commercial. In 1987, Shrapnel released Vinnie’s breakout album, Mind’s Eye. Vinnie was quickly heralded “best new talent” in Guitar Player, Guitar, and Guitar World magazines, and Mind’s Eye sold more than 100,000 copies.
In 1988, Squawk/Polygram released Vinnie’s second effort (and major label debut) Time Odyssey, which solidified his reputation as a musical innovator. His third release was Meltdown, in 1991 (on Relativity/Epic Records); the song Meltdown received national radio airplay on both album-oriented rock (AOR) and hard rock formats. In 1996, Mayhem Records released Out of Nowhere, with Brian Tichy (Billy Idol) on drums and Dorian Heartsong (Powerman 5000) on bass.
On The Maze (in 1999), Vinnie was joined by former MSG drummer Shane Gaalaas, bassist Dave LaRue (The Dregs and The Steve Morse Band) and renowned master musician Tony MacAlpine on keyboards. The Maze was stunning, rooted in the progressive neo-classical style that had already generated legions of loyal fans. Vinnie also displayed a new-found maturity in his songwriting; now, many of his diverse and exotic musical influences, including Latin, Jazz, and the Blues, began finding their way into his signature sound.
Other albums followed: Live (in 2000), with Shane Gaalaas (drums), Barry Sparks on bass, and Wayne Findlay on keyboards, and Defying Gravity in 2001 with Dave LaRue (bass), Steve Smithon drums, and David Rosenthal on Keyboards.
As a performer, Vinnie Moore’s resume is impressive. A member of Alice Cooper’s band, he toured the U.S. on the Operation Rock’N’Roll tour, and also performed on Alice’s album Hey Stoopid. Vinnie’s own band has toured extensively as a headliner and also was chosen as opening act for legendary rockers Rush on the Northeast leg of their Roll The Bones Tour. Vinnie also toured Japan as a member of the T.M. Stevens’ band, which included Bernie Worrell(Parliament Funkadelic) on keyboards, Wil Calhoun (Living Color) on drums, and Al Pitrelli (Megadeth) on guitar.
Vinnie has done hundreds of guitar clinics all over the world including such places as, Japan, Scandanavia, Italy, Poland, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, England, Germany and Australia.
In 2003, Vinnie joined the legendary group UFO (Phil Mogg, vocals; Pete Way, bass; Jason Bonham, drums; Paul Raymond, keyboards). Their first effort together as a band was the SPV Records release You Are Here (in 2004); Vinnie was a major songwriting contributor on this record. The band followed You Are Here with a worldwide tour which spanned from March 2004 to August 2005. A LIVE DVD from this tour was released in Nov 2005. Titled UFO Showtime, this two-DVD set also includes bonus footage of the band. The band’s second studio effort called The Monkey Puzzle came out in 2006 and marked the return of original UFO drummer Andy Parker. The boys toured Europe and Russia and the USA in April and May 2008. The third UFO studio record with Vinnie in the band is called The Visitor and was released in June 2009 on SPV Records. The band has toured the UK, Europe, and USA, and will continue in Europe in the spring of 2010!
Vinnie’s latest CD To The Core (2009 Mascot Records) was released in May 2009 and has received critical acclaim worldwide.
Over many years, Vinnie’s 4-track recorder has grown into a home studio, where he’s recorded his last two solo CDs, and parts of the UFO CD. Vinnie’s home studio is the place where he writes new music.
As well as songwriting and playing, Vinnie is dedicated to teaching. He’s conducted guitar clinics around the world, and has released two instructional videos on the HotLicks® label (see the Music page for more information). Vinnie joins his fans at clinics worldwide for, Engl Amplification, and Dean Guitars.