Jermaine Rand

July 13, 2006

Age 32
Style Blues rock, soul, fusion, progressive instrumental
Influences Richie Kotzen, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Muddy Waters, BB King, Joe Satriani, Paco De Lucia
Main Guitars Ibanez RT-450, Fender American Deluxe Fat Stratocaster
Location Atlanta, GA
Background Rand received a toy guitar at age five, but didn’t start playing seriously until his grandfather—blues guitarist Johnny Cooper—taught him a few chords two years later. “The rock and roll bug bit me the day I heard the distorted guitars of Van Halen and Kiss,” he recalls. Rand’s tasteful and impressive guitar playing features fast legato and wide-interval runs, speedy harmonized lines, and tapping—as well as considerable acoustic guitar skills. Rand’s career highlights include work on Van Hunt’s self-titled, Grammy-nominated release in 2004; stints on Victor Wooten’s Live in America Tour; and recording with the Black Eyed Peas.

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