Artist of the Month Archive2020-04-01T13:49:50-04:00

Artist of the Month Archive

Klaus Luchs

Artists of the Month – December 2019

Klaus Luchs is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer who began his musical journey on piano at the age of 7.  He discovered the guitar as a teenager and started writing, performing and recording with local bands.  He further pursued his passion by studying classical/jazz guitar with Fareed Haque at Northern Illinois University.  Klaus also had the honor of studying with classical guitar virtuoso Denis Azabagic for many years.  He has also performed in masterclasses for Sergio Assad at The Chicago College of Performing Arts and Manuel Baruecco at The Peabody Conservatory. 

Soon after graduating music school, he quickly became a well known player for live and studio performance around the Chicago area before moving to Nashville in 2013.  He has a strong reputation for being a creative, versatile musician that is highly proficient at playing a multitude of string instruments.  Klaus has performed with many artists and musicians in Nashville but he currently spends the majority of his time writing/producing music for Film/TV with his production partner Shay Watson.

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Darnell Cole

Artists of the Month – November 2019

Darnell “Big D” Cole is the guitar/ lead vocalist of the High Energy Rock Blues Power Trio Porcelain Hill. Playing guitar since the age of 10, Big D blends different play styles to create a sound all his own, yet reminiscent of classic 70s rock and roll. Armed with a Vintage V6, spreading the message of love and peace, Big D and Porcelain Hill have been touring internationally, have a discography compiled of three studio albums, an EP, and are currently working on new singles.

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John Payne

Artists of the Month – September 2019

John Payne is an English vocalist, bassist, guitarist and producer known for his work fronting ASIA, ASIA Featuring John Payne, GPS, The Rock Pack and Dukes of the Orient.

His foray into the music scene started with backing vocals for two Roger Daltrey albums in the 80’s. He later got chosen to replace Jeff Lynn in ELO but subsequently joined ASIA in 1992.

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Dow Tomlin & Charlie White

Artists of the Month – May 2019

Dow Tomlin is a seasoned Bassist out of Nashville who has toured and/or recorded with Wynonna Judd, Brooks and Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, Richard Marx, Billy Gilman and on new projects from the members of Highway 101. A touring musician for more than 30 years who has the ability to adapt musically to any genre, he has recorded with thousands of artists and songwriters and has backed many of the biggest names in the business as a house player at the Grand Ole Opry, the CMAs and at top rated clubs in the area. Having performed a number of times on television and in films, and having been asked to perform on the Kennedy Center Honors, Dow is inspired by any opportunity he is given to play.

For the past 3 decades Charlie White has toured or recorded with a wide range of artists, from bluesman Mike Henderson to stone country singers like Vern Gosdin, and Highway 101 to Americana hero Kevin Welch. He is now a member of Wynonna and The Big Noise, featuring the great Wynonna Judd.

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Ronnie Gregg

Artist of the Month – March 2019

Born in Nashville, TN in 1978, Ronnie Gregg began playing guitar when he was 13-years old. Influenced by Eddie Van Halen, MTV and with a bit of instruction from his guitar-playing dad, he got a group of friends together, they wrote a few metal songs and shortly after played their first live show at a bar in Nashville.

Continuously honing his guitar skills Ronnie focused on writing original music and covering guitar spots in a variety of cover acts playing locally and the regional southeast. Frequently invited to lay down guitar tracks on demos and albums for multi-genre artists, including rap artist Jelly Roll, Ronnie’s interest in producing music intensified. To date, he has co-written with, played guitar and bass for and produced several Nashville based acts.

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James “Roto” Rotondi and Dave “Bucket” Colwell

Artist of the Month – February 2019

James “Roto” Rotondi plays lead guitar for Humble Pie, Hundred Hounds, The Cringe, and is the singer, songwriter and guitarist for Roto’s Magic Act, whose 2014 album “Into the Unknown” has been praised by Guitar Player, Blurt Magazine, The New York Observer and more for its “masterful songwriting” and “cinematic guitar tones.” He also composes music for television, writes about the creative process for Acoustic Guitar, Guitar World, American Songwriter and many more, and conducts music-based team-building events around the world for SongDivision. A former member of the acclaimed bands Mr. Bungle, Air, Trilon, and The Grassy Knoll, he currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dave “Bucket” Colwell’s CV boasts some of the most stellar names in Rock. Born in Enfield, North London, Dave started playing guitar at the age of eight. Classically trained, and inspired by the likes of Paul Kossoff, Mick Ralphs & Steve Marriott, he was soon forming bands and playing local venues.

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Peter Baltes

Artist of the Month – December 2018

Born on 4 April 1958 in Solingen, Germany, Peter Baltes is the long-standing bassist of heavy metal band Accept, featuring on all their professional recordings and selling 30 million records around the world. He started his music career when he was young and was voted as the number one bass player in Burrn Magazine reader’s poll of 1985 and voted best bass player in Europe by Metal Hammer magazine in the same year.

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Kevin Cummings, Mychael Allen, Jabari Johnson and Simeon Baker

Artist of the Month – October 2018

Kevin Cummings, Mychael Allen, Jabari Johnson and Simeon Baker are members of the Potter’s House 12-piece band that has garnered national acclaim, winning a Grammy Award for the 2003 CD release entitled, “A Wing and a Prayer,” among other honors. The Potter’s House campus in Dallas uses about 117 mix inputs at any given time for the main band, 100-150 voice choir, 9-12 praise team singers, playback from video, playback for miscellaneous tracks, 6 Pro Tools lines, Bishop’s mic and a backup, and 6-8 handhelds. Potter’s House worship services are very unique and spontaneous with the band continually expanding its repertoire from contemporary gospel to soulful classics.

Cited as one of the fastest growing churches in the nation by Christianity Today, The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas has evolved from 50 families to more than 30,000 members since opening in 1996. The megachurch prides itself for staying on the cutting-edge of technology, from its main sanctuary to the broadcast command center, which distributes materials and messaging to two satellite campuses as well as simulcasting online to an audience of around 10,000 connections for its weekly Sunday services.

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Philip Shouse, Jeremy Asbrock, Ryan Cook

Artist of the Month – May 2018

Philip, Jeremy and Ryan scored their dream gig with Gene the old fashioned way, Through their love of Kiss’ music and friendships they developed as players in Nashville’s fertile rock scene. Ryan first met Gene in 1996 while living in LA. After moving to Nashville, his band Big Rock Show was invited to perform at the 2011 Kiss Kruise. One of their guitarists couldn’t make the gig, so Ryan asked Philip if he could fill in. Philip was on tour with country artist Rodney Atkins at the time and couldn’t make it, so Philip recommended his good friend Jeremy. This Big Rock Show gig led to many more Kiss Kruises for Ryan and Jeremy.
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Nick Kane

Artist of the Month – October 2017

Nick’s career started in the early 70’s in Germany, playing in German and British rock bands. He played 1000’s of gigs in nightclubs and bars, learning the ropes the hard way.
By the mid-80’s he was living in Miami, Florida, playing, touring and making records in local bands such as The Preachers and IKO IKO. The late 80’s found him in a backing band for blues legends Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers and others. That gig took him around the world for the 1st time.
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Robert Mills

Artist of the Month – September 2017

THE HAILERS band has been performing for over two decades playing venues throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and the US. Their new single “Luanne” is currently in the top ten of the Celtic Charts. The band is also featured in the 2011 Drama Documentary “Mr Nice”. Their music will take you on a journey of love, adventure and more from the Mediterranean beaches of Spain to the Mississippi Delta. Their rock-n-roll roots are mixed with influences of Celtic, Blues, County and Flamenco which are all predominantly present on their latest CD release “Thirteen Souls”.

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Levi Bowman

Artist of the Month – August 2017

Levi Bowman is a vocalist and the electric and acoustic guitarist for The Isaacs. He is the son of Rebecca Isaacs Bowman and John Bowman. He has been a full-time member of the group for two years. Levi recorded his debut album in June 2016. He had several prestigious guests on this project such as Vince Gill and Jimmy Fortune. He debuted his project on the Grand Ole Opry in the same year. Levi, along with the Isaacs has been a member of the Gaither Homecoming tour. He’s also made appearances on many of the Gaither videos. He has traveled and performed in many states as well as abroad. Levi is an active member of the praise team at Celebration of Life Church in Hendersonville Tn. He is very passionate about music and strives to maintain excellence in all of his career endeavors.

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Greg Wright

Gregg Wright

Artist of the Month – July 2017

Gregg Wright, began his professional career on the U.S. Southern circuit in the mid-1970’s. He honed his craft with years of playing endless one-nighters across the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas, often opening shows for the big national touring acts of the day. “I was privileged to work and learn around greatness!” says Gregg. “I opened several times for Albert King and Freddie King, and learned a great deal from them. Their words of encouragement really energized me. I owe them a huge debt of gratitude!” An ’80’s move from Louisiana to Los Angeles saw Wright become a session man and “hired gun” touring guitarist. His reputation grew over the next decade doing albums and tours with Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson, the Gap Band, Berlin and Spencer Davis.

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Billy Sherwood

Artist of the Month – June 2017

Billy Sherwood is mostly known for his time as a member of progressive rock band Yes, for their albums Open Your Eyes (1997) and The Ladder (1999) and as mixing engineer for their albums Heaven & Earth (2014) and Like It Is: Yes at the Bristol Hippodrome, he re-joined Yes in 2015.

Sherwood comes from a musical family which includes his father Bobby Sherwood, who was an actor, musician, and big band leader, his mother Phyllis, a singer and drummer, and brother Michael, a keyboardist and singer. His godfather is the late Milton Berle.

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Fred Mollin

Artist of the Month – May 2017

As a legendary record producer and well-known international film and television composer, Fred Mollin’s busy schedule has earned him unique credibility through his numerous creative endeavors.

Fred Mollin first came into international prominence as a record producer in the late 70’s, producing numerous albums and singles, including the Grammy award-nominated “SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH” by Dan Hill. In the early 80’s Mollin based in L.A. and Toronto to start a 17 year run as a composer for television and film. His work has run the gamut from high tension (CBS-CBS TV’s Gemini award-nominated child abuse drama “LIAR LIAR” and CBC’s “LITTLE CRIMINALS”, the award winning drama about young offenders) through fanciful flights of adventure (William Shatner’s “TEKWAR” and USA Network’s “BEYOND REALITY”) to the darkest reaches of the medium (Paramount’s “FRIDAY THE 13TH” television series and movies, and MGM-UA’s “THE OUTER LIMITS”). His work on such cult series as Tri Star’s “FOREVER KNIGHT” and hit mainstream series such as Fox’s “BEVERLY HILLS 90210” and Paramount’s “HARD COPY” were an integral part to the success of these classics of TV entertainment.

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Dow Tomlin

Artist of the Month – April 2017

Dow Tomlin is a seasoned Bassist out of Nashville who has toured and/or recorded with Wynonna Judd, Brooks and Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, Richard Marx, Billy Gilman and on new projects from the members of Highway 101. A touring musician for more than 30 years who has the ability to adapt musically to any genre, he has recorded with thousands of artists and songwriters and has backed many of the biggest names in the business as a house player at the Grand Ole Opry, the CMAs and at top rated clubs in the area. Having performed a number of times on television and in films, and having been asked to perform on the Kennedy Center Honors, Dow is inspired by any opportunity he is given to play.

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Philip Shouse guitarist

Philip Shouse

Artist of the Month – March 2017

Born in Decatur, Alabama, Philip Shouse became interested in music by listening to his older brother’s record collection. His obsession with the guitar began in high school with recordings like Aerosmith’s Live! Bootleg and Van Halen’s debut album. He moved to Nashville in 2004 and in no time, was touring with Chris Cagle, Bo Bice, David Lee Murphy, Mindy McCready, Rodney Atkins and many more. Philip’s own band ‘Thee Rock ‘N’ Roll Residency’, has become a major weekly event in Nashville where he and a revolving group of famous rockers, play a varied collection of 70’s rock. He is currently touring in Gene Simmons solo band, and with John Corabi.

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Jon Standing guitarist

Jon Nichols

Artist of the Month – February 2017

Born and raised in Southern California, Jon took an interest in the guitar at a young age. He taught himself how to play the instrument and formed his first band at the age of 15. Over the next few years, he was playing professionally in different bands and did numerous recording sessions. With thousands of gigs under his belt, he secured a record deal with Thump Records in 2000, with his band Shovelhead. Upon the release of their first album, Music From The Canyon, he received a phone call from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Beth Hart, who was in need of a guitar player.

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scott sharrard guitarist

Scott Sharrard

Artist of the Month – January 2017

Scott began his music career in Wisconsin in the early ’90′s. He spent his teenage years attending Milwaukee’s prestigious High School of The Arts by day, while playing in clubs and touring by night. During that time, he played with local blues legends the Stokes, Willie Higgins, and Harvey Scales, as well as such international blues and jazz luminaries as Buddy Miles, Melvin Rhyne, and Clyde Stubblefield.

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John Shaw Playing Guitar

John Shaw

Artist of the Month – December 2016

Josh Turner

John is a Florence, AL native who has been living and working in Nashville, TN for a decade. He has had the pleasure of appearing and working with producers and artists such as J. Hall, Ashley Monroe, Josh Turner, Sarah Darling, Todd Snider, Kristen Kelly, Morgan Frazier, James Otto, and many more.
John is currently touring as lead guitarist for multi-platinum country artist Josh Turner.

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