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Monday, July 2, 2012

Guitar Maestro Alastair Greene Performs@Blues Brews & BBQ In Visalia

Guitar maestro Alastair Greene returns again this year to perform at the Blues Brews & BBQ Festival in Visalia on Friday, July 6. Greene also plays the following night, Saturday, July 7 at Rookies Grill in Visalia.

What The Press Is Saying About Alastair Greene And His Latest Album, "Through The Rain"

"Greene's opener, the incendiary, Eruption-like "Before The Storm," makes it crystal clear he's a gunslinger who could tear the roof off of any roadhouse blues bar...and his role as a Alan Parsons sideman only beefs up his guitar cred. All told, "Through The Rain," the swaggering "Stoneroller" and the Tony Iomi-influenced "Madman" are solid platforms for his exceptional musicianship."


"Alastair Greene has a day gig that could cause guitar envy, balancing the lead guitar seat since 2010 for the Alan Parsons Project while still releasing solo classic rock heavy hitters in the vein of Led Zeppelin and Hendrix, Alastair Greene rocks hard on "Through The Rain" and then rocks a little harder, just to make sure you get it." THE ALTERNATE ROOT

"Through The Rain" is Alastair Greene's latest solo release and his best to date...formed from a similar mold as some other powerhouse guitarists like Warren Haynes and Lance Lopez, Greene manages to transform obvious '60's and '70's classic rock influences into a much more explosive 21st Century version of those oh-so-familiar hard-driving, pulse-pounding, and speaker-bursting treats. There is absolutely nothing here not to love, the tracks are all outstanding, vocals all strong, band always spot on, and Greene's playing and singing world class." BLUESROCKERS

Guitarist Alastair Greene Perform At Blues Brews & BBQ In Visalia - Fri., July 6

(VISALIA, CA) - The guitar fury of Alastair Greene is about to be unleashed for two consecutive days on the good folks of Visalia, Calif. as Greene performs again this year at Blues Brews & BBQ, Friday, July 6, on Garden Street Plaza. This family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. and is Free! Info: (559) 732-7377 or log onto The following night (Saturday, July 7), Greene and band sing for their supper at Rookies, 211 E. Main, also in Visalia, starting at 9 p.m. No cover. Info: (559) 732-1285.

Greene has carved a solid niche' through the years with rock, blues, and guitar fans and his latest record has received solid media accolades. The album's signature single, "By The Way," (featuring a catchy chorus and rollicking lead guitar trade-offs between Greene and Ty Tabor from King's X) is nominated for "Rock Single of the Year" by the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards.

A festival favorite, the Alastair Greene band again returns to play the Kern River Rock N Blues Festival in Bakersfield on September 28-29.


*But Wait, There's More...*

"As those in the know will tell you, there's a hotbed of talent roaming our streets, from trained session players to some of the industry's most indispensable touring musicians. At the head of that pack is Alastair Greene...the electric and eclectic bar-ready rock of Through The Rain is sure to dazzle even the most casual of players, but it's slow-burning instrumental numbers like "Dearly Departed" that remind us why Greene's talents go far beyond his chops."


"Local guitar god Alastair Greene's delightfully dexterous digits will do their thing...his latest, Through The Rain, is a little more classic rock, but the shredding remains..."


"In blues circles, his chops precede him, but rock fans have likely never heard Alastair Greene - and they need to. On (Though The Rain), his fourth solo record, Greene ups the ante with head-turning riffs and solos to beckon Duane Allman from on high. A gifted guitarist."



Check out Greene's infectious blues/rockin' tune "Drunk Again" performed live at the Real Blues Festival of Orange County 2 last May:

About Alastair Greene

Alastair Greene's career path has taken some interesting turns over the last couple of years. Between accepting the enviable job as lead guitarist for The Alan Parsons Live Project in 2010, and being the only unsigned act invited to play the 2010 Sonora Blues Festival, Greene has been performing a wide variety of music on stages the world over. Greene also recently signed to LeRoi Record to release his newest recorded offering. THROUGH THE RAIN may come as a bit of a shock to those who only became aware of Greene's music via his Blues-based live band and previous CD releases. If his 2009 record WALKING IN CIRCLES was a musical tribute to Greene's Blues heroes, then THROUGH THE RAIN would be his tribute to his hard rock upbringing.

From the Led Zeppelin-style riffing of the title track, to the Hendrix-meets-Pearl Jam of closer 'You Will Remember', Greene spends the majority of his new release in old-school hard rocking territory. THROUGH THE RAIN is even more eclectic than his 2002 debut A LITTLE WISER. 'Take Me With You' conjures up laid back Americana sounds that will be familiar to fans of The Black Crowes, while 'The Real You' mines a deep Funk Rock groove with extended solos reminiscent of heavier jam bands such as Gov't Mule. Greene has not abandoned his love for the Blues and its early Rock n' Roll off shoots, as up-tempo barnburner 'T'other Way' and the mid-tempo retro-rocker 'Stoneroller' prove. THROUGH THE RAIN also touches on a wide variety of lyrical themes, including stories of love lost and won, songs that question political motives, and introspective topics such as what happens after this life is over.

The musician line-up on THROUGH THE RAIN gives the album a wide variety of feels and grooves. The drumming is split between long time Alastair Greene Band drummer Tom Lackner (who has been touring with Jeff Bridges) and former Dishwalla drummer George Pendergast. AGB bassist Jim Rankin, former Summercamp bassist Misha Feldmann and Greene himself share bass duties. As a special treat for guitar fans, Ty Tabor (guitarist for the legendary King's X) engages in a guitar solo trade-off with Greene on the first single from the record 'By The Way'.

"Alastair should be playing with the biggest bands in the world. I believe it's just a matter of time." - Alan Parsons

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