Just finished shooting a scene for the ABC drama "Nashville" with the Luke Wheeler Band. So happy to be back for season 4. I have been blessed with a beautiful new PRS Custom 24 semi-hollow which I used in the scene. Special thanks to PRS guitars for a perfect instrument! Spent a couple days in Virginia Beach laying down tracks for the new TGZ Band album "Time to Begin". Looking forward to the new year with TGZ Band, the hit drama "Nashville" and "VirtU & OlsoL" duo project with Stan Lassiter. Hope to see you at the show!
October 16, 2015 Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
TGZ BAND with special guests AMBROSIA
A wonderful project fell from the sky onto my horizon! I am now officially a member of the dynamic "TGZ Band" based in Virginia Beach! This is not just a band but an army of heavy duty serious accomplished musicians. I am truly blessed and honored to be standing in a place where the master guitarist "Dangerous Dan Toler" of Allman Brothers/Gregg Allman Band fame once stood. The music itself is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Original compositions with a horn section, absolutely wonderful and challenging. A Tour de Force soon to be announced!
Master guitarist Stan Lassiter and I have a new and exciting duo entitled "VirtU & OlsoL". After a year and a half of collaboration and performances we've made a strong commitment to focus on our musical quest together. Our music is a blend of all our deepest musical influences as well as the beautiful inspiration that surrounds us in art, nature and cosmos. We fuse the style of Jazz, Blues and Flamenco into our own genre calling it "Jamenco". Our show consists of Classic rock covers to Blues/Jazz standards with a sprinkling of original compositions throughout. All of this with the influx of technique, Stan with his genius prowess and command of Flamenco, Classical, Fusion and Rock stylings alongside my Blues meets Fusion/Indian vibe. From Hendrix to Jeff Beck, from Paco to McLaughlin, from Muddy Waters to B.B. King, from Miles to Coltrane, we grab the spirit and make it our own... Our goal is to move the heart and feed the soul with the essential healing element of music in the spirit of peace***
Nashville Scene Reviews:
The Guitar show feat. Stan Lassiter and Jimmy Dormire
When: Fri., March 7, 9 p.m. 2014
In a city where guitar players swarm like bees, Stan Lassiter rises above the buzz. Lassiter built a local reputation in the ’70s and ’80s as a jazz-rock fusion kingpin, exercising a vocabulary based on thorny melodicism and edgy technique. After a long absence he’s returned to the scene as a six-string Zen master, blending big, warm tones with a more grounded, mathematical approach that balances prowess and heart. He’s teamed up for a summer tour with former Confederate Railroad lead guitarist Jimmy Dormire, who has shifted from Southern rock to the kind of jazz-fueled roots music spearheaded by the late Danny Gatton. Tonight they’re previewing their road band, playing individual sets and uniting on stage. The performance is sponsored by syndicated radio program The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis — which is also presenting a show including Lassiter, Jack Pearson, Mark Robinson, Denny Jiosa and Seidina Reed at the Mercy Lounge on Wednesday — plus Random Music Group and Blast Zone Entertainment. Advance tickets are on sale at Rock Block Guitars.
— Ted Drozdowski
Backstage at the Ryman with Leftover Salmon, Taj Mahal etc, etc... 9/15/14
Years, tunes, notes, miles, agenda's and I finally feel I'm where I've needed to be all along. I feel thankful and blessed to be in the "Colonel Bruce Hampton" circle/galaxy! Artistically I can finally be who I really am as a guitarist and reach to the stars! Every performance is a journey of embellishment with phenomenal musicianship aside artistic release. I also will be doing a new album in the coming year with some exiting guest's, orbiting jamband territory. My lucky stars and friend Rich Eckhart also landed me on the series "Nashville" as a member of "Luke Wheeler's" band, a great way to end the year and bring in the new. Look forward to seeing you all, with Col. Bruce Hampton, the series "Nashville" and assorted solo performances throughout the year!
Well its been an exciting year thus far. I've had the wonderful opportunity to perform with the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton with his array of world class musicians, a total artistic release! We've unleashed our Nashville "2 Headed Monster Guitar Tour" with Stan Lassiter, Sean O'Brien Smith and Glenn Williams which has been a rush as well. A great opportunity arose to perform on the ABC drama Nashville in Luke's band and also with country artist Kelly Pickler. Guitar wise I went back to my roots and began playing a Gibson Les Paul again as a result of great support from the Gibson company. Many thanks to one and all!
What a wonderful year of meeting and playing with some phenomenal musicians. Having the opportunity to open for Larry Carlton was an extreme highlight and also having the extraordinary bassist Vail Johnson from (Kenny G/Keb Mo') fame play in my rhythm section doing my material was an exhilarating experience! I'm thankful to all the wonderful musicians that supported me this year, Sean O'bryan Smith, Glenn Williams, John McKnight, Lex Luther, Adam Carlisle, Roy Vogt, Dale Armstrong, Danny Gottlieb, Stan Lassiter, Tim Gonzalez, Jerry Navarro etc, etc. A very special thanks to John Haring and Andy Ellis for their on-going support and all the listeners!
An adventurous year awaits with several new projects! Got the material polished and ready to go for a couple new concept albums, one being live and extremely electric while the other being a studio endeavor. The live show will also include video/DVD opportunity! I am also very excited about being involved with the new Stan Lassiter project as well and taking this live to the stage in the coming year. Stan is a master virtuoso guitarist/composer and I am extremely honored to be alongside him embellishing his art. I really look forward to playing for you all and may the music deeply be a healing force within your lives!
Its been a wonderful and adventurous Spring and Summer. Thanks to my friend "John Haring" in association with "The Guitar Show with Andy Ellis" for creating the "Jam at the Commodore" lounge in Nashville/West End which has really turned out to be a great network of pro musicians. This jam is different from most others especially in Nashville... The jam itself is geared around pro players who really want to speak their own voice aside from the commercial cage that the business surrounds us with... I've been able to really show Nashville who I really am as a player and an artist without having to play radio friendly hits or satisfy the blues nazi's. As a result I've been fortunate to cross paths with some very successful gifted players, communicating as we know best, with our instruments! I also was fortunate to play a few special show's with my sensei, master guitarist "Stan Lassiter" in which we reached for the sky and then some! Over the past 5 years I've been polishing my solo acoustic performance and recently performed a couple festivals. Aside from feeling totally naked on stage it turned out great so I will be pursuing more solo opportunity as well... A new project is also in the works. The compositions and vision are ready just waiting on the stars to align!!! Peace to one and all***
Its been an interesting year thus far... So many thanks to "The guitar show with Andy Ellis" and John Haring, the show's producer. Thanks to some special trustworthy folks I've begun to spread my sound, my musical truth to Nashville... Great opportunities to play with some wonderful players including master guitarist Stan Lassiter, bassist's Roy Vog't , Sean O'Bryan Smith with drummer Glenn Williams and the soulful harmonica player Tim Gonzalez... These collaborations have led me to share the stage with legendary guitarist Larry Carlton, bassist Adam Nitti and master jazz drummer Danny Gottlieb of Pat Metheny/John Mclaughlin fame. I'm reaching to the sky and its unfolding! Of very special interest is a very eclectic project with tabla/percussion master Kirby Shelstad... On-going projects still alive and well, WTM Blues band/Chattanooga and my guys in Atlanta/The Infinite LIne/The Rhythm Yard... Also I've begun to perform my solo acoustic series as well. The pinnacle focus will be a new album project this Fall... Its all an adventure!
New Beginnings, Ascending Aspirations, New Frontiers....
2013 is my year of focus, commitment and musical refinement with several projects on the horizon!
(First) being a new album in the works featuring all original composition's and a bonus tribute track. The album with be very eclectic rooted in progressive blues, rock and funk with jazz inflections throughout. Prevailing throughout the mix will be that earthy organic breathing texture evoking a warm soulful element.
(Second) being live performance throughout the year with some great musicians in my corner helping to spread this message of peace with our music.
(Third) being the ongoing "WTM BLUES BAND" with Thorpe Mckenzie as our charismatic leader. This band has performed Chattanooga's Riverbend and Nightfall festivals as well as Track 29 and Nashville's Music City Roots with Leon Russell. We are constantly recording and performing for special events. Our vibe is funky blues! This is fun fun stuff!!!
(Fourth) being ongoing songwriting collaborations with some great writers, artist Kyle Wyley and Bernie Faulkner of the group Exile etc.
(Sixth) being freelance recording and touring. My bag is always packed and ready to go!
I look very forward to all future performances for you all!
MUSIC IS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE THAT WE ALL UNDERSTAND WITH NO BOUNDARIES, HEART TO HEART & SOUL TO SOUL***