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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Going Down Slow - Justin Saladino

Justin Saladino is a 16 year old blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter from Montreal, Quebec. Growing up in a musical family, guitars were never too far from reach. It was no coincidence that Justin would start a love affair with the guitar. Eager to learn he started taking lessons from his uncle. By the age of 9 he was showing an amazing ability in playing songs by artists like: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy and Santana. Now he is a fusion of all these artists making his identity and style. Justin has played over 50 shows with ex-band members Matthew Passalacqua and Adam Passalacqua of “Runaway Slide” receiving a substantial praise from the blues community here in Quebec and among other fellow musicians and critics. He has shared stages and jammed on numerous occasions with artists like Paul Deslaurier, Jim Zellers, Ronnie Baker Brook, Steve Marriner, Angel Forest, Mike Deway, Trevor Finlay , Lalya Zoe, Carl Tremblay, Jimmy James and Guy Belanger. In 2007 he won 2nd place at the 1ière Concours Prix Etoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada at the Tremblant International Blues Festival. In 2008 he received the Lys Blues award for “Upcoming Band of the Year’’ Group Revelation at the 5th edition of the Gala Lys Blues. Also Justin had the honor of participating in Montreal’s Telethon of the Stars in 2007 and 2008. He has made other TV appearances on “M pour Musique” and on “Fan Club” (VRAC TV). CHOM-FM radio host Randy Renaud of the “Black Cat Alley” interviewed Justin on the topic of kids playing blues. In a 2009 High School band competition “Can Your School Rock’’ Justin demonstrated his talents astounding his audience. Godin Guitars then awarded a Godin Summit CT to Justin for earning the title of “Best Guitarist”. Recently he received 3rd place at the 5th edition of the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix 2010 in the blues/rock category.
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1 comment:

  1. I'd love to give this kid a guitar lesson when he gets to be my age...