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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Acclaimed Guitarist Arlen Roth Convenes a "Slide Guitar Summit" on New CD, Due January 13

Acclaimed Guitarist Arlen Roth Convenes a Slide Guitar Summit on New CD, Due January 13,
with Special Guests Johnny Winter, Sonny Landreth, David Lindley, Rick Vito, Jimmy Vivino, Jack Pearson, Lee Roy Parnell, Cindy Cashdollar and Greg Martin, Produced by Tom Hambridge

CD Release Performance with Special Guests Set for Nashville’s City Winery on January 20 to Include Screening of Film Documentary on the Making of the Album

RIDGEFIELD, CT - Guitarist Arlen Roth, the “Master of the Telecaster,” announces a January 13 release date for his new CD, Slide Guitar Summit, which teams the acclaimed musician with an incredible lineup of fellow slide guitar greats – Johnny Winter, Sonny Landreth, David Lindley, Rick Vito, Jimmy Vivino, Jack Pearson, Lee Roy Parnell, Cindy Cashdollar and Greg Martin – for what promises to be one of the most celebrated albums of the new year. Produced by Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, Slide Guitar Summit was recorded at studios in New York, Nashville and Connecticut. Roth will release the new CD on his own Aquinnah Records imprint.  

Arlen Roth will celebrate the release of Slide Guitar Summit with a special CD release show at the City Winery in Nashville on Tuesday, January 20, where he’ll be joined onstage by many of the guitarists on the new album ( Fans at the album show premiere will also be treated to a screening of the film documentary about the making of the album (Doors open at 5:30 PM; show time: 7:00 PM). An announcement of additional Slide Guitar Summit CD release shows in the northeast will be forthcoming. 

“This Slide Guitar Summit album was a longtime dream come true for me,” recalls Arlen Roth about the recording sessions, “and it's like a group of old friends getting together for a great time that is rooted in our serious mutual love for what we do.”

Recording with the late Johnny Winter was also special for Roth. “Getting to work with the legendary Johnny Winter was such an incredible feeling, and it got the album totally off on the right foot,” says Roth. “It was hard to believe that I was sitting there playing ‘Rocket 88’ with him, when I could remember being 16 years old and watching Johnny from the very front at Woodstock in 1969....this album is of course, dedicated to this slide and blues guitar master who always served to inspire us all.”

Roth has fond memories of all the tracking sessions. “Each player brought something unique to this project and the interaction between me and them is what I was looking for in making each track truly unique” he says. “And Tom Hambridge and I go way back together as musicians and as friends, so I was really happy to be able to see this great producer lend his magic touch to this project. I also loved how so many of the artists came in with some very strong choices for the songs for us to do, and how we got to pay tribute to many of the great slide players before us such as Lowell George, Elmore James and Duane Allman. I suppose the thing about this album that intrigues me the most is how with the common thread of slide guitar we were all able to touch upon so many styles, emotions, traditions and also break new ground at the same time!”

Guitar legend Arlen Roth is considered one of the most influential guitarists of all time, and during the course of his 45-year-career has toured the world and recorded with an amazing list of artists, including Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, John Prine, Phoebe Snow, Levon Helm, Ry Cooder, Eric Andersen, Dusty Springfield, Janis Ian and The Bee Gees, among others. His teaching and creation of the Hot Licks Video pioneered music and guitar education all over the world, with his videos having sold in excess of 2.5 million copies. His current online lessons and blogs for have over 1 million followers. Arlen was also the man behind the legendary blues film, Crossroads, creating the guitar parts, directing the guitar scenes and working alongside fellow guitarist Ry Cooder and actor Ralph Macchio during the film’s production. He was voted in the “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarists of All-Time” by and in the “Top 100 Most Influential Guitarists of All-Time” by Vintage Guitar Magazine. He has eight best-selling books to his credit, and his book, Hot Guitar, is a compilation of 10 years of his wildly popular column for Guitar Player Magazine.

Roth’s first album Guitarist, won the Montreux Critics Award for “Best Instrumental Album of the Year” in 1978, and his last album, All Tricked Out!, garnered four Grammy nominations. His new Slide Guitar Summit CD is similar in approach to his classic and legendary album, Toolin’ Around (1993), which featured duets with guitar greats such as Danny Gatton, Duane Eddy, Brian Setzer, Duke Robillard, Albert Lee, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas, and which also became a film documentary. He followed up that album with Toolin’ Around Woodstock, with Levon Helm, Sonny Landreth and Bill Kirchen.
Arlen Roth continues to record and tour all over the world. His current band, The Cordobas, features Eddie Denise on bass, Shannon Ford on drums and Chris Foley on second guitar. His daughter, Lexie Roth, also sings with the band, and has become a superb recording artist, singer and songwriter in her own right, with many credits to her name, such as singing on the recent Les Paul tribute album, plus singing the blues classic, “Night Life,” on the album with Levon Helm.

Arlen Roth is also the founder and CEO of the new “International Guitar Hall of Fame and Museum.”

Slide Guitar Summit Track Listing

Do What's Right: Jack Pearson & Arlen Roth
Dust My Broom: Lee Roy Parnell & Arlen Roth
Stranger on the Shore: Cindy Cashdollar & Arlen Roth
Rocket 88: Johnny Winter & Arlen Roth
Sonny Skies: Sonny Landreth & Arlen Roth
Her Mind is Gone: David Lindley & Arlen Roth
Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia: Greg Martin & Arlen Roth
Paradise Blues: Rick Vito & Arlen Roth
Dixie Chicken: Lee Roy Parnell & Arlen Roth
One Child Born (And When I Die): Jimmy Vivino & Arlen Roth
Steel Guitar Rag: Cindy Cashdollar & Arlen Roth
You Really Got a Hold on Me: Rick Vito & Arlen Roth
Poor Boy Blues: Jimmy Vivino & Arlen Roth
Amazing Grace: Greg Martin & Arlen Roth

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