Robert Hill Midland Park, New Jersey “Slide on Rye”
Hill’s aggressive slide playing over a rough-and-ready backing track makes us want to slam down some moonshine and start a ballroom blitz. It’s intense and relentless, and Hill’s slide tone is fat, edgy, and fabulous.
Jake Pashkin Tyumen, Russian Federation “Supermobile”
Pashkin’s evil intro riff and scattered noises presage the vortex of blissful mayhem to follow. Somehow, he manages to throw some nice melodies in, as well. Whew!
Daniel Martina Rosario, Argentina “Propinas”
Martina starts out with a repetitive line dressed up in a poppin’ tone, and then gets all slinky and sensual as he starts driving harder. There are some nice, supple runs and surprising bends.
Peter Torsiello Los Angeles, California “Electrolights”
A Hendrix-style motif catches your ear, and then the track opens up with some very funky rhythmic skanks. Torsiello also leaves space for his churning backing track, resulting in a cagey ebb and flow.
John Curry Gardnerville, Texas “Where the Wind Comes From”
Curry’s jewel-like tone and sensitive fingering create a beautiful aural world of swirling melodies that makes us think of a phalanx of pirouetting ballerinas. Dreamy.
Britt Warren Madison, North Carolina “Hot Pursuit”
Warren grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go, but his approach delightfully mates macho aggro riffs with sweet melodies and a soaring tone that lets every note he plays speak with authority.
Werner Schuchner Pasadena, California “Never”
Yum—some sexy strings in the intro, a vibey tremolo on the rhythm guitar, and a thick yet edgy tone on the solo. Schuchner really knows how to catch your ear, and his subtle arrangement and evocative melodies keep you listening.
Joe Dieter Madison, Wisconsin “Lucia’s Lullaby”
Dieter informs his beautiful melody with an empathetic touch that almost transforms his notes into feelings, rather than just lines. And his tone is just as sensual.
Tracey Jane Comer Madison, Wisconsin “Inside Passage”
Another excellent acoustic track from Madison, Wisconsin! Comer chooses a steelier tone than Dieter, and she dances over the strings with shimmering note flurries and dynamic flair.
Rogerio Maudonnet San Paulo, Brazil “MegaMasterPowerGT”
Maudonnet has a massively huge tone that totally commands the funky rhythm section without overwhelming the groove. Great riffs, too!