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John Bohlinger
Musician/Songwriter/Writer/Video Dude for Premier Guitar

John Bohlinger is a Nashville guitar-slinger best know for his work in television. John lead the band for six season of NBC's hit program "Nashville Star" as well as the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 CMT Music Awards, CMT Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Special, the GAC Network's "Next GAC Star", and several PBS specials including "The Outlaw Trail" and "Legends and Lyrics". The consummate Nashville sideman, John has accompanied Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, Miranda Lambert, Joe Walsh, Little Big Town, Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen, Bret Michaels of Poison, Sara Evans, Leann Rimes, Chris Young, Tanya Tucker, Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr, Kenny Rogers, The Beach Boys, Alabama, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues and many others. A versatile multi instrumentalist, John has recorded master sessions on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, pedal steel and mandolin.

John's songs have been recorded by many artist including Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. John's musical compositions can also be heard in several major motion pictures and over two hundred television spots.

He's even got a wiki page!

Aaron Dugan - Matisyahu
If you haven't checked out Matisyahu of the tightest bands ever. They are straight up a psychedelic jam band with incredible musicianship. Aaron is a pedal warrior and one of the ultimate users of effects. So hip, so funky and never a show played the same way.

Blaine Dillinger - Hirie
Blaine hails from the hamlet of Findlay, OH. He picked up the guitar at age 10 and hasn't put it down since. Blaine studied under Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuel, of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young fame, until he moved to Columbus to study jazz at The Ohio State University. While in Columbus Blaine co-founded the band Shrub with Jay Shrub and is featured on their albums "Senorita" and "Highceritops".

Blaine moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from OSU. Immediately after moving he began to play for reggae/rock recording artist Clear Conscience and is featured on their albums "Shelter From The Storm", "Captain", and "Live from Pine Street (California Roots Presents)".

Blaine is currently the lead guitarist for the very talented HIRIE and has been touring with them non-stop since the summer of 2014. He also released a solo album called "NorCal: On the 8s" under the moniker of Dillinger's Hired Guns.

Blaine has had the pleasure of playing several major festivals including The California Roots Festival, Reggae in the Hills, Wildfire Reggae Fest, Comfest, Reggae Rise Up, and more. He has also had the pleasure of opening up for several talented artists including Ziggy Marley, Rebelution, The Mighty Diamonds, Zach Deputy, Yellowman, The Green, Tribal Seeds, Stick Figure, and many more.

You can keep up with all of Blaine Dillinger's work at

Jay Roberts
Prodigal son of Howard Roberts, inventor of Jazz Fusion. Jay comes from his dad's school of no limitations jazz playing. His lines are...well, he just plays what ever he wants to - limitless. He also runs the Roberts Music Institute in Bellevue, WA. Currently, we are prototyping what is to become the "Jazz Moderne - Jay Roberts Signature model" which you can see a sneak preview in the pic.

<< Shocker chord right there;)

Nick Rose
Guitarist with CRSB, one of the top island-reggae acts. Boasting multiple #1 singles on mainstream Hawaiian radio, and selling out shows across the country. Heavily involved with SF Bay Area Funk, Rock, and Hip-Hop. A real up-and-comer to look out for.

Ian Neville - Dumpstaphunk
A huge dose of New Orleans style mojo. Check'em out.

Carl Weingarten
Carl Weingarten is an American guitarist, photographer, writer and founder of the independent music label Multiphase Records. Regarded as "one of the best indie musicians working today" by the San Francisco Chronicle, he is mostly known for his atmospheric sound and use of the slide guitar and Dobro. Weingarten has played a significant role in the progressive underground music scene for over 30 years, recording both solo and collaborative instrumental albums with artists internationally. His influences include such diverse artists as Ennio Morricone, Brian Eno, Terje Rypdal, Carl Orff, Antonio Vivaldi, Miles Davis, Tom Waits and Robert Johnson among others. Carl's instrumental music has been described as Cinematic, and his innovative recordings have been widely commended. Including praise by media publications such as All About Jazz, Muze, Musician, Music Web Express, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Exposé magazine, Guitar Player, Keyboard, AMG among others.

Hal Henkel
Harold "Hal" Henkel is a Los Angeles based Composer,Producer and guitar Fanatic who has performed, recorded and opened shows for many of the biggest names in contemporary music, including Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Neville Brothers, Carlos Santana and many others. His "Halcyon Blues" instrumental CD received rave reviews from critics and fans alike and has been heard worldwide. His collaboration with Grateful Dead guitarist Steve Kimock, entitled "Ecoustique" was recorded at Buena Vista vineyards in a 75,000 gallon wine vat creating spacious, eerie tones that are unprocessed electronically and provide amazing ambient guitar sounds beautifully recorded. Henkel's current project, entitled "in Flagrante", was produced by legendary engineer Andy Johns of Led Zep and Stones fame. It features Henkel's soulful vocals and stellar chops backed by members of Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Meters and the Neville Brothers.

For those of you interested in the guitar and its many forms, Harold Henkel is a modern master of the instrument, and a fine poet and vocalist as well.

Laura Scott
If you haven't checked out Swamphammer...

Fernando Pareta
Fernando Pareta is a fantastic guitarist and singer from Argentina who recently (July, 2011) signed a distribution deal with Digital Nations (Steve Vai's label). He began his solo project in 1999. His first CD Fernando Pareta Trio, was released in 2003. He has endorsements with Bogner amps, t-rex effects, Wampler effects, evidence cables and many others. Since 2004 he has been invited to the Jemfest festival in United States, organized to help "Make a noise foundation."

Tim Burge
Tim is a full time touring musician, session player, producer and recording engineer. He plays stadium shows all over the country with ex-Nashville Star alumni: Jason Meadows. He also fills in with several regional acts in TX, schedule permiting: Backseat Molly, Donnie Evetts Band, The Gringo Kings, Jamie Talbert Band, Jimmy Kaiser.

Ben Averch
Ben is the one man army of prog rock and master of alternate tunings. Very cool player. Check out his stuff:

Jay Webster
Jay is a terrific player and former music teacher (think Jack Black in School of Rock). He works in high tech in Silicon Valley, but still finds the time to rock out in a couple of local bands. He gets honorable mention among the pro players here for his charity work at Check them out and donate if you can. One of the best non-profits around.

User Photos

Sam and his Comet in action:

Is Blaine Dillinger the biggest rockstar ever?

I always wonder who buys my guitars when they are in retail. By sheer coincidence, I got to meet a member of the Sweetwood Nation. On my way to the gym, I stopped by another customer's rehearsal and there she was. By the amount of grease and grime on my baby, I'd say he likes it. Gotta get this guy a polishing cloth;) I live for moments like this!

This one was sent in from Hal of Pepe blowing kisses at the Playboy Jazz fest at the Hollywood Bowl.

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