Joe Satriani is the world’s most commercially successful solo guitar performer with six gold and platinum discs to his credit (including one more gold award for the debut album by his band Chickenfoot), and sales in excess of 10 million copies. His forthcoming 15th studio album, “Shockwave Supernova” is already being hailed as yet another creative breakthrough – this for a guitarist who has routinely topped guitar magazine polls since the release of his first full-length album, “Not Of This Earth“, in 1986. As a live performer, Satriani has toured the world with each new release (his last concert tour for 2013’s “Unstoppable Momentum” saw the guitarist touch down in 32 countries). In 1993, he joined Deep Purple as a temporary replacement for Ritchie Blackmore during a Japanese tour. In 1996, Satriani founded the multi-guitarist traveling experience called G3, which has seen him share stages with Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Robert Fripp, among others. And starting in 2009, Satriani traversed the globe again as a member of Chickenfoot. The all-star band (which also includes singer Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith) has issued two albums, their debut and 2011’s follow-up, “Chickenfoot III“.
Carl Verheyen – In his 50-plus years of playing the instrument, Carl has created a wildly successful, multi-faceted career. He is a critically acclaimed musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and educator with thirteen CDs and two live DVDs released worldwide. Carl is commonly regarded as a guitar virtuoso capable of playing any style of music with remarkable mastery and conviction. He has been one of LA’s elite “first call” session players for the past 30 years, playing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. Verheyen has graced the pages of countless industry publications and been the subject of numerous articles chronicling his rise to the forefront of the modern day guitar scene. Carl has won numerous polls and musical honors in the US, Germany, France, Italy and the UK.
A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide. As the creative force behind the Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres. The CVB tours all over the world and continues to draw fans on the festival circuit as well as theaters and clubs.
A much sought after studio musician, Carl plays on other artists’ CDs whenever his busy schedule permits. He has recorded and played with a virtual who’s who of the music industry. His vast collection of movie soundtrack and television credits is enviable. Carl was heard by 67,000,000 people as a featured soloist at the 2009 Academy Awards. He is also heavily featured in the film documentary about the electric guitar, Turn It Up!
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Glenn Hughes is a rock legend in the truest sense of the word. Active in the music world since 1967, Hughes personifies the word “rockstar”. His resume speaks for itself; Having played with Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Hughes/Thrall, Black Country Communion and many more), Hughes has proven himself as not only an amazing bassist but vocalist as well. Stevie Wonder once called Hughes “my favorite white singer”.
He’s an in-demand session player as well as producer. Glenn’s talents proceed him in every session or gig he does. We are very honored to have him on board as a Straptight endorsee and look forward to many more years of great music from Glenn Hughes.
As guitarist for pop-metal band Danger Danger, he toured the world opening for Kiss and Alice Cooper, sold over a million records worldwide, and had two #1 videos on MTV, plus amassing a discography that includes 7 solo releases that range from blazing guitar instrumentals, to blues, and even a Beatles/Elvis Costello-inspired collection of pop tunes. As a session player, he’s been highly featured on CDs by drumming legend Simon Phillips, a live CD with Olivia Newton-John (Andy has been her music director/guitarist for several U.S. tours), two internationally acclaimed CDs by Kip Winger, recording sessions for Paula Abdul, Paul Stanley, and countless radio and television jingles. He has also played alongside many of his heroes such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (as a regular guest on their G3 tours in Dallas), Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Mike Stern, Ace Frehley, Ted Nugent, and Pierre Bensusan, as well as some of his fave ’60’s singing stars such as the Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, and Gordon Waller (of Peter and Gordon fame!)
Adrian Galysh is a Los Angeles based solo artist, session musician, composer, Guitar World Magazine online lesson columnist, as well as Education Coordinator for Guitar Center Lessons. He’s the author of the book ‘Progressive Guitar Warm-ups and Exercises’.
Greg Marra is the guitarist and vocalist for the band Plenty Heavy based in Los Angeles, California.
Greg has toured the US extensively sharing the stage and studio with major label artists such as Bruce Bouillet (Racer X), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big/Racer X), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth/Steve Vai), Ray Luzier (Korn), and many others. Greg is endorsed by Sully Guitars, Fishman Pickups, Friedman Amplifiers, Curt Mangan Strings, Rock-n-Roll Gangstar Apparel, Tsunami Cables, Chromacast Gig Bags, Straptight strap locks and has performed countless clinics and gear demonstrations for Dimarzio Pickups, Keeley Electronics, Wampler Pedals, Xotic Effects and Ibanez Guitars. Besides releasing two full length solo records, Greg has released several singles as well – most notably “Lose an Ear” with Korn drummer Ray Luzier which garnered top 100 new rock singles on independent music charts. Greg’s new band Plenty Heavy has over 100 thousand views and engagements on social media outlets. Plenty Heavy’s new record Colossus Maximus is available worldwide on all digital media platforms
Greg has performed and/or recorded with:
•Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big, Solo)
•Bruce Bouillet (Racer X)
•Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper)
•Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai)
•Andrew Freeman (Last in Line)
•Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine)
•Mike Hansen (Hurricane, George Lynch)
•Joey Heredia (Steve Lukather, Scott Henderson)
•Ray Luzier (Korn, David Lee Roth)
•Jimmy D’Anda (Bulletboys, Lynch Mob)
•Billy Sheehan (Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, Steve Vai)
Mark Claytor is a guitarist hailing from Kansas. Mark has released three albums (“Mark Claytor”, “Uprising”, “Enharmonic Dissonance”). His influences include Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen among others. Mark is currently getting ready to head out on tour in support of his latest release “Enharmonic Dissonance“.
Steve first picked up the guitar at age 7. By 7th grade in school, he was playing numerous wedding and gigs with his fathers band and also had an original band called “The Sock Monkeys!”
At 15, he won first place in the “Extreme Guitar Challenge” at Mars Music in Orlando. A week after graduating high school, he auditioned and joined the working group BWT and was playing at numerous venues in Central FL four nights a week, sometimes two gigs a night. They eventually recorded a full length album at Full Sail University and did interviews and live performances on FM radio.
On his 19th birthday, he bought a plane ticket and headed to Los Angeles to join the group “Turbulence” and played regular shows at the world famous Sunset Blvd. clubs, The Whisky A Go-Go and The Roxy!
In 2008, he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine, in which the editor praised his original work and guitar playing. He plays 100 plus shows a year with working cover band Bar Fly, he has two released original albums, and is also a music teacher. In 2013 he was the winner of “Best Guitar Solo” at Mai Tai’s Daytona Beach BOTB. In summer 2016 he headed to Nashville and played some legendary venues such as Second Fiddle on Broadway and Bourbon Street Blues. He also did shows with members of KISS, Brian Wilson and Cinderella to packed theaters and auditoriums!
You can purchase his music on Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, Google Play!
Inspired by artists such as The Band, Whiskeytown, The Allman Brothers Band, CSN, and Kevn Kinney to name a few, Collins Drive has earned themselves a steadily growing fanbase due to their live performances at such renowned Atlanta venues as Red Light Café, Moonshadow Tavern, and Smith’s Olde Bar. Collins Drive’s songs on their latest album tell stories and paint pictures of Southern living. Life through the eyes of a washed up bluesman that never got his time (Drunk on Sunday), a Chapel Hill woman waiting in the rain for her bus home (Cemetery Angel), and returning to the town where you grew up (Ghost Town) are just a few examples of this. There’s nothing complex and there are no deep, hidden meanings to these songs. They are just little slices of life put into songs that are easy to grasp on to and easy to connect with. Just give them a listen and maybe you’ll find yourself in some of these scenes and stories.Collins Drive is a band that just wants to bring their favorite kinds of music into one place and create a sound and songs that everyone can connect with at some level. Collins Drive’s songs tell stories and paint pictures of Southern living whether it is from the eyes of a washed up bluesman that never got his time to a woman waiting in the rain for her bus home. There’s nothing complex and there are no deep, hidden meanings to these songs. They are just little slices of life put into songs that are easy to grasp onto and easy to connect with. Just give them a listen and maybe you’ll find yourself in some of these scenes and stories.
Judge Fredd is a French guitarist and gear reviewer. He played with several french artists among whom you’llfind Studs (power trio), Jean-Jacques Milteau, Mauro Serri, Vincent Absil, Daran et les Chaises, Jane Birkin. In 1991, he was also hired as a reviewer in Guitare&Claviers (Guitar and Keyboards), starting point of a long series of tests, shows, interviews and videos untiltoday with Guitare Xtreme another french magazine. Moreover, he also made a lot of videos and educational CDs and had a long collaboration with Guitar Method a french educational guitar magazine.
In 2010, he founded Cour Supreme (Supreme Court), a power trio that is currently preparing its 3rd album. All this led Judge Fredd to build strong convictions on gear. In the 90s he collaborated with VHM and other guitarists to develop “THE Marshall Mod” based on JMP and JCM 800 Marshall amps. More recently, he has also been able to design guitars with Philippe Dubreuille, Sébastien Gavet and Lâg Guitars. He also developed picks with Riki Le Plectrier, pickups with SP Custom, strings with Carlos Pavicich, effects pedals with JMB Experience and an amp and two preamps with Fred amp Custom.
He is now the European representative for Vola Guitar a high range Japan and US made brand. So yes, Judge knows about gear and not only in a theorical way, that’s why he loves Straptight.
www.judge-fredd.fr (review and interviews in french)
https://www.facebook.com/jfcwks/ (gear made with artisans)