July 12th, 2013 | Nashville, TN
Now in its 20th year, Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night is NAMM’s longest running, most widely recognized, and most successful sponsored event. ASGN is a unique, guitar-centric event bringing together talented musicians for a night of both acoustic and electric music. The finest pickers on the planet assemble on stage to amaze standing-room-only audiences.
While the evening celebrates the guitar and entertains audiences, it also raises money and awareness for a very important cause – music education for children. The artists donate their time and talent and the sponsors generously fund this event so that disadvantaged children can have access to instruments and music instruction in their schools.
All Star Guitar Night works in conjunction with Music for Life Alliance and strives to make music a reality for students of all ages and backgrounds.
The summer 2013 show featured: Muriel Anderson, Phil Keaggy, Daniel Ho, Josh Kelly with special guest Jason “Slim” Gambill, Jack Pearson, Rory Hoffman, Mark Kroos, Dave Pomeroy, Craig Krampf, Danny Gottlieb, Beth Gottlieb, Roy “Futureman” Wooten and Surprise VIP Guests
Many thanks to our All Star sponsors including the presenting sponsor Yamaha Guitars, GHS Strings, Rocktron, Guitar Player Magazine, Kyser Musical Products, NAMM and our producer, TrueFire.
NAMM Summer (along with All Star Guitar Night) was moved into the brand-new, state-of-the-art convention center for its 2013 show in Nashville, and we took the show to a whole new level. Music City Center is just south of Broadway on a 16-acre site adjacent to both the Bridgestone Arena and the Country Music Hall of Fame, and sits just steps from the Ryman Auditorium and Broadway honkytonks, where thousands of musical careers have launched. The show was held in the Davidson Ballroom for our night of music.
Founder and host of the ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT® and founder of the Music for Life Alliance charity, Muriel Anderson is widely respected as one of the premier fingerstyle guitarists/composers on the scene today. She is the first woman to have won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. She enjoys touring as is evidenced by her “recipes from the road” on her website. She uses GHS Muriel Anderson signature strings on both her guitar and harp guitar. www.murielanderson.com
Jason “Slim” Gambill
Jason “Slim” Gambill is the lead guitarist for multi-platinum Capitol Nashville recording artist Lady Antebellum, whose self-titled debut album has sold over 1.5 million copies since its release in April of 2008 and on which Jason shares a writing credit for “Slow Down Sister”. When not on the road with Lady Antebellum or Warner Brothers recording artist Tyler Hilton, “Slim” is a highly sought-after songwriter and sideman in the Nashville music scene. He has done sessions for some of the biggest names in country with producers like Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban) and Paul Worley (Sara Evans, Martina McBride) and has found himself onstage with John Mayer, Macy Gray, Maroon 5, Marc Ford of the Black Crowes, and countless others.
Daniel Ho”s simple philosophy of presenting music with sincerity and artistry encompasses six consecutive GRAMMY Awards, number-one albums on national airplay charts, and top-ten albums on Billboard. In 2010, his solo ukulele CD, Polani (Pure), was the dgfev online casino first ukulele album in music history to receive a GRAMMY nomination. On piano the following year, he received a nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album for his CD, E Kahe Malie (Flowing Gently). Most recently, in 2012, Daniel’s album On A Gentle Island Breeze was nominated for a GRAMMY in the World Music category. www.danielho.com
Rory Hoffman can only be described as a force of nature on anything he decides to pick up. This includes accordion, tenor sax and clarinet but of particular note is his has-to-be-seen “to-be-believed in-his-lap and upside down guitar style, evoking Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian with a little Bucky Pizzarelli mixed in. Rory”s personal musical career was jumpstarted in 1999 upon winning Grand Champion Instrumentalist at the Christian Artist Seminar in the Rockies. In 2001 he traveled to Nashville for the first time to record his Gospel instrumental CD, “Blind Faith.” In 2004 and 2005 he received Instrumentalist of the Year from the ICMA based in Nashville. www.roryhoffman.com
Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy”s mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don”t play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies. Phil”s solo career has spanned more than 30 years, and has included over 50 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, as well as 8 releases with his band, Glass Harp. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Phil also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions. www.philkeaggy.com
Josh Kelley is an American singer-songwriter and actor has had four hit singles on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart. The acclaimed singer-songwriter has spent the majority of the past decade defying musical genres with his approachable and appealing sound. He is known for the Top 5 hit “Amazing,” and his music has been incorporated into TV shows such as MTV’s The Hills, ABC’s Brothers and Sisters and What About Brian and the CW’s Smallville. As a teen, he formed the band Inside Blue with his younger brother Charles, who is now part of Lady Antebellum. He has joined forces with Universal Music Group to record and release his most personal music to date. Finally he is where he feels he has always belonged – Music City. www.joshkelley.com
Known for his impressive technique (Mark has a unique style playing 2 guitar necks at a time) and memorable melodies, he”s the winner of Guitar Player Magazine”s Guitar Superstar competition in 2011. His primarily instrumental style is characterized by open harmonies, polyphonic textures, incredible tapping technique, and is as entertaining to watch as it is to listen to. Drawing influence from folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock artists, as well as other great guitarists, Mark Kroos has developed his own edge to the acoustic guitar. Mark’s debut solo album, And Grace Will Lead Me Home, was released in January, 2010. Tracks from the album have been licensed for multiple productions on CNN.
Jack Pearson is a Nashville guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, session-musician Jack has worked either live or in the studio with a diverse group of artists and musicians including The Allman Brothers Band (member from 1997-1999), Gregg Allman, Vince Gill, Rodney Atkins, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Buffett, Earl Scruggs, Chris LeDoux, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Mac McAnally, Amy Grant, Groove Holmes, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Milsap, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Hall, Gov”t Mule, Buddy DeFranco, Shelby Lynne, Jimmy Raney, Jim Horn, Bonnie Bramlett, Mundell Lowe, The Jordanaires, Lee Roy Parnell, Billy Montana, Kirk Whalum, Jimmy Nalls, Chuck Leavell and the list goes on and on…www.jackpearson.com
A Few Words from our Valued Sponsors
“All Star Guitar Night is always a fantastic celebration of guitar talent and the perfect venue to present Guitar Player Magazine’s Legends award. Additionally, the sheer volume of marketing and promotion done around the event also serves to put our brand in front of literally thousands of guitar fans. It’s a great show and a great cause!” John Pledger, Music Player Network
“Year after year ASGN meets and exceeds our expectations for the level of excitement they create for a concert event. Reverend Guitars proudly sponsors the show, and most importantly, our dealers consistently tell us it was the highlight of their NAMM experience.” Ken Haas, Reverend Musical Instruments
“Yamaha is proud to be associated with Muriel Anderson’s All Star Guitar Night. Muriel and TrueFire always host an incredible show with an amazing lineup of incredible guitarist that come together for a worthy cause. For Yamaha and our top guitar dealers, the All Star Guitar Night is the highlight of the NAMM show!” Dennis J. Webster, Yamaha Corporation of America
“All Star Guitar Night is truly one of the highlights the NAMM Show for our dealers and customers. It’s like the Extreme Games for guitar players – it’s always entertaining, and always delivers top-shelf exposure for our brand! We’re very glad that Greg Bennett Guitars is a part of this industry standard.” John Hawkins, Samick Music Corporation