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Photo Credits: Photo by David Birdsong
Justine Blazer is a Detroit based world-class top-notch singer, recording artist, BMI songwriter, guitarist, entertainer and musician performing at high-end venues, festivals, concerts and events throughout the Midwest. She has been in the industry for over a decade. Her live show can range from a solo performance, an acoustic duo, a trio, four-piece band and up.
Justine Blazer is becoming one of Mid-West's most popular names. Touring 120+ live shows a year regionally or nationally, Justine is not slowing down anytime soon. She performed at the 25th, 26th and the 27th Annual WYCD Downtown Hoedown where she shared the same stage many national acts such as Trisha Yearwood, Jewel and Gretchen Wilson. She completed her Nashville Tour in 2007 where she performed at the World Famous Tootsies, The Nashville Palace and The French Quarter. Also in 2007, Blazer earned three Detroit Music Award nominations for Outstanding Vocalist, Outstanding Songwriter and Outstanding Artist. In additional the nominations, she won the Detroit Blues Challenge round four competition, earning her great respect the blues world. In 2008, she earned an additional Detroit Music Award nomination for “Country Album of the Year”.
Photo Credits: Jeff Gerew / C7Photo.com
Andre Karkos (a.k.a. Virus)
Virus from the band Dope with two of his DBZ guitars 'Cavallo ABFR' and 'Bird of Prey Sepulchre'.
Virus started playing guitar at the age of 13. By 17 Virus was the most requested guitar instructor at the world renowned Hose of Guitars in Rochester, NY, teaching all the local kids their favorite metal songs and techniques. Virus has played in several NYC bands and hooked up with Edsel shortly before the recording of the "Life" record
Southern California guitarist Ronny North is fast becoming a local Guitar Hero. He plays his own signature brand of instrumental guitar rock and regularly opens for national acts throughout Southern California including Yngwie. He also managed to play and record with a few other big name players as well such as Rikki Rocket, Eric Singer and CC Deville to name a few. Ronny also gets airplay, press and sells CD's in Japan, Europe and in the U.S. If that wasn't enough the music from Ronny's CD "Smeared" was licensed by MTV and was used for their Real World reality show. Ronny currently has full endorsements from Tregan Guitars (Ronny North Signature guitar), Tsunami Instrument Cables (They're coming out with a Ronny North signature cable soon), SIT Strings (available here at guitarquest.net) among many others.
Ronny has been featured in several ad campaigns for his sponsors and also regularly performs at clinics and trade shows for them including the annual Winter and Summer NAMM shows. If that wasn't enough Ronny also finds time to play several charity events each year and has been playing the Special Olympics Summer Games for the last several years as well as events for the troops ,Toys for Tots and events for musicians in need. Ronny states, it's always great to use your talent to help others in need. It's what it's all about!
On May 1st, 2009 Ronny and his band headlined the New River Elementary Music Benefit to help raise money for the music program for the Norwalk Unified School District. The program was hit hard with budget cuts and Ronny is big on getting kids into music. He also went on the Bella and Boone radio show for the troops on May 5th and was on the air for over 2 hours talking about the troops and music. They even played several of his songs. Ronny has been busy lately playing on sessions for various artists. He also is finishing up his new CD and will be playing clinics all summer for his sponsors and his band will be playing shows across America and Canada including events for the Special Olympics on June 13th (It's his 10th consecutive year playing the event) and for the Troops and the Vets (Rumor has it they are playing for the Vets on July 4th).Ronny is tomorrow's guitar hero today!!!!!
Skunk Manhattan is best known as the intense guitarist and front man for the Austin-based rock band A Good Rogering (www.agoodrogering.com) which he helped found. Known for their high energy performances, outlandish stage antics, and eclectic material, A Good Rogering is quickly gaining a cult following around TX. Their 4 song EP "The Living Room Debacle Part I" has been remixed and remastered and will be released with two additional songs in Summer 2009.
Skunk also performs and has recorded with charismatic hard-rock band Quartershackle (www.quartershackle.com). Quartershackle has released a 4 song EP and has been featured on several compilation albums. Quartershackle signed with Mesa Records in late 2007 and are awaiting the release of their debut album. The group received early Grammy nominations for their single "Lies"in 2009. Quartershackle Producer and Mesa Recording Studios engineer Rob Hinton states: "Skunk pulls from a wide variety of musical genres to create his own unique and musical guitar style."
In July of 2007 Skunk met with Tony Guarriello, founder of Tregan guitars (www.treganguitars.com), and now proudly endorses the guitars. Skunk currently plays his signature "Skunk mod" Shaman guitar and makes regular appearances at the summer and winter NAMM conventions giving demonstrations at the Tregan booth.