Artist-Bios

Brent Mason

Brent Mason is one of Nashville's hottest studio recording artists.  He's worked with the biggest names in country music.  In 2009, Brent was turned on to WGS.  Since then, he's replaced all his speakers with WGS.  Chances are you've heard a major track played by Brent and recorded on a WGS speaker.  His personal favorites are the Green Beret and Veteran 30.

Brian Nutter

Brian Nutter plays for the Keith Urban band.  He discovered WGS in Nashville in 2008.  His "go to" speakers are the Green Beret and Veteran 30.

"The Veteran 30 sounds amazing in my Marshall 4x12. It made the amp come alive! I have WGS speakers in other amps and cabs as well. They have REALLY made a difference in my tone!"

Roger Eaton

After years of touring, Roger is now producing & doing session work. Eaton has toured with Barbara Mandrell, Lorrie Morgan, Joe Diffe, Tanya Tucker, and many others. He is also a substitute guitarist in the Grand Ole Opry staff band.
"I have replaced nearly every speaker in my arsenal with WGS & haven't looked back.Thanks Guys!"

Here's an article Premier Guitar did on Roger.

Denny Jiosa

Jazz enthusiasts have recognized Denny Jiosa's abilities for some time. His five CD releases and a string of chart-topping singles have earned Denny a steadfast following and 4 Grammy nominations.

Bobby Hebb, writer of the legendary track 'Sunny', stated that Denny's version was "The best version of 'Sunny' out! The only one I like better than mine!"

Jerry Solon Smith

Jerry Solon Smith plays guitar and keyboards with the Johnny Hiland Band.  Not only is he an incredible musician and an all around great guy, but he's also from western Kentucky!

Nicky Moroch

Nicky Moroch has performed with numerous ensembles and appeared on countless recordings, most notably with artists such as Lenny White, David Bowie, and Bill Evans.

Alvin Youngblood Hart

Known as a musician's musician, his praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. Since his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA'S DOOR, Alvin Youngblood Hart has carried his musical message the world over. A devout follower of the "no barriers" approach laid by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late great Doug Sahm, Alvin continues to defy the so-called purists.

www.alvinyoungbloodhart.net

Chris Troxell

Chris is a versatile player and educator who graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music.  Before moving to Boston to attend Berklee he graduated the from the Musicians Institute with an Associates in Performance.   He has also studied with pro’s like Scott Henderson, Steve Kimock, Keith Wyatt, Alan Hinds, Al Bonhomme, Jake Eckert, Dale Turner, Dave Tronzo, Dan Bowden, and Jim Kelly to name a few.  He is currently performing full time with his band, The Space Invaders.

christroxell.com

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is a heavy metal guitarist, known for his roll in bands such as Seven Witches, Speeed, Savatage, Metalium, The Bronx Casket Co. Jack chooses Warehouse Guitar Speakers for his high volume brand of shredding. 

Jimmy Herring

Jimmy Herring is currently the lead guitarist in the band Widespread Panic. Herring is a founding member of both Aquarium Rescue Unit and Jazz is Dead. He has also played with the Allman Brothers Band, Project Z, Derek Trucks Band, and had a long and successful tenure with Phil Lesh and Friends, as well as The Dead.

"These speakers are definitely happening! WGS sound killer with these old Fender amps!

 

 

Justin Butler

Justin Butler graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006 with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. Upon graduation, Butler moved to Nashville and is now the lead guitarist for Sara Evans. He has also toured with Pat Green, Trick Pony, Chris Cagle, and Jason Jones.  In his spare time, Justin specializes in custom pedal modifications with his company Thru-Tone.

 

Tim Thompson

International Fingerstyle Guitar champion Tim Thompson layers intricate melodies, chords, and textures with his acoustic and electric guitars. He has been featured in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, Taylor Guitars Wood and Steel Magazine, and Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.

Jamie Harvill

Jamie Harvill runs his own independent publishing company in Nashville, where he has written and recorded several worship classics including Firm Foundation, Because We Believe, Garments of Praise (Revival in Belfast) and My Heart (Already There) for artists like Ron Kenoly, Don Moen, Kim Hill (Focus On the Family), The Motor City Mass Choir, Newsong, Truth, Petra, Promise Keepers, and Jeff and Sheri Easter.

Marc Eric

Marc's background is truly diverse. From playing lead guitar/producing/arranging/writing/singing on albums and live concerts which include Slash (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), Tim Bogert (Jeff Beck), Bruce Kulick (Kiss), Vivian Cambell (DIO, Def Leppard) and Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix), Damien Horne, Jared Blake (from NBC's "THE VOICE".)
Marc has also produced music for films, which include New Line Cinema's "HIGH ROLLER" starring Michael Imperioli andSteve Schirripa (Soprano’s), which includes Marc's music video for "Yesterdays" on the DVD extras. Marc’s TV credits include songs written for Joan of Arcadia (CBS) and Judging Amy (Song of the Season) (CBS). Other producing credits feature a diverse roster of artists and actors such as Graham Bonnet, Cowboy Troy, Toby Keith Band, and Jeremy London.
Currently he has a hit single he wrote/produced/played guitar on for country superstar CANDY COBURN that is burning up national radio.
 
 

Warren Mendonsa

Warren Mendonsa spent his first 25 years in Mumbai, India. During this time, he was part of rock band Zero, who grew to enjoy nationwide popularity among India's emerging rock scene, especially on the college festival circuit.

In 2004 Warren moved to New Zealand, playing with blues and folk artists like Midge Marsden, Donna Dean and Lorina Harding. During this time he also recorded two instrumental guitar-based solo albums under the moniker Blackstratblues, both which were released as digital-only downloads.

Warren is now back in India, and works as a sessions guitar player and producer/recording engineer. He plays gigs with Blackstratblues as an instrumental trio and with mainstream artists such as Vishal/Shekhar and (Oscar winner) A.R. Rahman.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstratblues

 

Here's Warren running the ET65/Veteran 30 combo through it's paces:

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Jason Soda

Jason Soda plays guitar for Everest, Jakob Dylan and The Watson Twins.  "Ceramic's are kinda blowing my mind right now.  I put a G12C in my 59 tweed Deluxe and it gave me more presence than I was getting with the Alnico.  The amp was punchier, clearer and had some serious cutting action.  I put them in my Ampeg Gemini 1's and they killed (in a good way).  I think I'm done now for a while.  If you want your small combos to have more headroom, cutting ability and some big machete attitude, The G12C's are the way to go."

Tim Galloway

 

Tim Galloway is an established and highly sought after electric and acoustic guitarist in Nashville. Galloway is currently touring with MCA artist Gary Allan among others.

Originally from North Carolina, Galloway moved to Nashville in 2006 and immediately began working for artists such as Andy Griggs, Danielle Peck, Luke Bryan, Josh Turner, Love and Theft, Heidi Newfield, Brett Eldredge, Mark Wills, Dustin Lynch, Greg Bates, Jake Owen, and Gary Allan. He joined Jason Michael Carroll’s touring band in 2006. After three years with Carroll, Galloway left to become lead guitarist and band leader for Josh Turner in September 2009. In 2011, he joined with Jake Owen for Keith Urban's “Get Closer tour.” For 2012, he joined Gary Allan headlining the “Country Throwdown Tour.” His performances can be seen on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show (NBC), The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC) , The Jimmy Kimmel Show (ABC), The Today Show (NBC), Good Morning America (ABC), and The Grand Ole Opry Live (GAC).

As one of the new breed of session players in Nashville, Galloway works for various producers and songwriters. He has also scored a Top 5 Billboard hit as co-writer of Jason Michael Carroll’s “Livin’ Our Love Song.”

Vitali T

A native of Belarus, Vitali began his formal music training under the
guidance of widely respected Yuri Dzmitrieu of the Ethno-Trio Troitsa, and
“National Artist of Belarus” - Vladimir Tkachenko, a widely admired
Belarusian guitarist who is known particularly for his two-hand tapping
technique. Due to his exposure to the two-hand tapping technique, Vitali
began to incorporate it into his own style of playing. Following his
experience Vitali went on to study guitar and music on a University level
at the Institute of Modern Knowledge. Instead of starting his career as a
full-time professional musician, as many before him have done, Vitali
moved out of his hometown to learn more about the study of music and
guitar. In 2006, Vitali transitioned out of Belarus and into the United
States in order to study guitar at the Atlanta Institute of Music (AIM).
At AIM, Vitali’s focus and diligent study ethics led to his graduation as
an honor student. Vitali assembles diverse elements in a way that feels
natural. He pays homage to his musical roots while pushing beyond those
sometimes limited boundaries, taking us on a delightful musical journey.
His approach to rock fusion music is invigorating. He gives equal
attention to playing, composing, and writing, choosing songs that embrace
both traditional and modern sounds. In 2009, Vitali released a single “Fly
Away”, and in July 2011 Vitali released his debut solo record “Sides”. In
2011 as author Vitali released book “Modern Scales Concepts” (Atlanta
Institute of Music & VTP Publishing). Vitali continues as a guitar program
faculty member at Atlanta Institute of Music, and also spends time
performing with the jazz guitar duet “Atl City Jazz”.

http://www.vitalitproject.com/

Ken Sarmiento

A musician, consultant, producer, and music teacher, Ken Sarmiento (aka phuzaxeman) was born in Chicago, grew up in a little town in Newbury, OH and currently lives in Houston, TX. 

As a founding member with brothers Edwin and Edward Casapao, together they created the band PHUZ.  In the early 2000's, PHUZ was part of the Lover's Rock Tour with Grammy Artists Sade and India.Arie.  PHUZ had also shared stages with other notable artists including:  Groove Collective, Blue Man,Group, Alicia Keys, Ryan Adams, Tony Bennett, Alanis Morrissette, K.D. Lang, Sting, and Natalie Merchant to name a few. 

 

www.kensarmientomusic.com

Anar Isayev

Music has always been a huge part of Anar's life. He was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, a small town by the Caspian Sea. Since his childhood he's been exposed to a wide variety of music including the ancient Azeri style of music - 'Mugham'. At the time he turned 19 in 1997 Anar signed his first professional contract with a classical quartet and toured all around Turkey. After touring, Anar came home to join the rock band 'Coldunya', nationally recognized by the Azerbaijan National Prize Committee "Grand" as one of the best bands in Azerbaijan. With 'Coldunya' Anar recorded and aired a new single and video "If I would know...", and also co-wrote the popular single "Josephine" which also was regularly aired by 106-FM.

In September of 2000 Anar moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend the world renowned Musicians Institute where he has studied with his favorite guitarists: Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Marty Friedman, George Lynch, Joe Diorio and Larry Carlton, just to name a few. After graduation from Musicians Institute in 2004, Anar played in various bands and for the past 3 years he toured the Southeast US with Mighty McFly playing about 250 shows a year. Since July of 2008 Anar is a proud staff member at the Atlanta Institute of Music where he teaches courses covering scales and improvisation, acousic/classical guitar and Live Sound Perfomance from beginning to advanced levels along with private instruction.

Anar's main influences are rooted in Rock music but he also likes to mix different styles and genres to his music such as: Flamenco, Country, Mugham, Metal and Jazz.

MAN OVERBOARD

New Jersey-based emo-pop players Man Overboard carry the flame of melodic, energetic, hardcore-influenced Garden State bands like Lifetime and Midtown. Founded in 2008 by childhood friends Nik Bruzzese (vocals/bass) and Wayne Wildrick (guitar), the pair began writing at Bruzzese's studio, bringing Zac Eiestenstein (vocals/guitar) and Justin Mondschein (drums) into the fold to record debut EP Hung Up on Nothing. Signing to Run for Cover the following year, the band offered a second EP, Dahlia. In 2010, Man Overboard fired on all cylinders, releasing the acoustic EP Noise from Upstairs as well as studio album debut Real Talkand a self-released live recording. The band also faced lineup changes that year -- Wildrick left the band for personal reasons and Justin Collier filled in on guitar duty, making way for new drummer Mike Hrycenko -- but came back big by joining the Rise Records roster. By spring 2011, Wildrick rejoined the band, as they recorded a self-titled sophomore album and hit the road on the Pop Punk’s Not Dead tour alongside New Found Glory that fall. Adding to the momentum, Man Overboard, released that September, landed on the Billboard 200, Top Hard Rock Albums, and Top Independent Albums charts. Drummer Joe Talarico replaced Hrycenko for the group's third album, Heart Attack, which was released in 2013 also debuted as #46 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on the Independent Record label charts.  The band has toured relentlessly, doing The Vans Warped Tour 2 years in a row, Russia, UK, Europe, Canada, and gearing up for a major US tour this Fall, along with Warped Australia, SouthEast Asia, Japan, and Hawaii.

Guthrie Trapp

Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville's busiest and most versatile performing, session musicians & solo artists. He has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Tom Paxton, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Delbeert McClinton, Taylor Hicks, Shawn Camp, Carl Jackson, George Porter Jr., Tim O'Brien, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, George Jones (the list goes on) as well as his own band "18 South," the Guthrie Trapp Trio & TAR (Trapp, Abbott & Rhodes.)

Ben Helson

Ben Helson is a Nashville based guitarist who has played with a wide variety of artists including Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Hornsby, Rhonda Vincent, Gene Watson, and is currently on tour with Danielle Bradbery, season 4 winner of The Voice.  He recently got turned on to WGS speakers and is using the Reaper and Veteran 30.


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