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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Guitarist Alastair Greene Performing At 2013 NAMM Convention; Also At 29th International Blues Challenge In Memphis

 A big week looms for Southern California-based blues-rock guitar ace, Alastair Greene. First, Alastair performs at the Seymour Duncan Booth (#5561, Hall B) at the 2013 NAMM Conference, Anaheim Convention Center, on Friday, January 25, from 3:00-3:25 p.m. "With my Seymour Duncan pickups I have higher output with more punch and cut," explains Greene. "For the humbuckers in my Les Paul everything seems smoother and fuller. I've never been good at describing tone. I'm more of a thumbs-up or thumbs-down kind of guy, and all my experiences with Seymour's pickups have been 2 big thumbs up." Check out Alastair's interview on the Seymour Duncan Blog site::

  Then its off to the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, where Greene competes in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) Finals, representing the Santa Barbara Blues Society. The competition takes place beginning Tuesday, January 29 and culminates with the winner being named on Saturday evening, February 2.

  Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Alastair Greene has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over two decades. Currently the lead guitarist for the Alan Parsons Live Project, Alastair is best known for his blues-based, soulful, and melodic guitar playing as well as one of a rare breed to play slide guitar. Alastair can be heard on CDs by Alan Parsons; Aynsley Dunbar, Glen Phillips (Toad the West Sprocket), and contemporary blues artists Mitch Kashmar, Franck Golwasser, and many others. 
   The Alastair Greene Band - formed in 1997, and with five albums released - has opened shows for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robin Trower, John Mayall, Tommy Castro, the late Michael Burks, Jonny Lang, Mike Campbell's Dirty Knobs, and many more. Alastair accepted the offer to join the Alan Parsons Live Project in 2012 and continues to perform over 150 dates a year with his own band. 


Rockin' Reviews - Alastair Greene's Latest Album, Through The Rain (Riatsala Music)        
"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 efforts. Like classic rock heavy hitters in the vein of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, Greene rocks hard on "Through the Rain" and then rocks a little harder, just to make sure you get it."

"Rock influences are interwoven with some amazing slide guitar work giving this a feel that is unique and just a roaring good time."
"Another good blues rock CD has come my way...Greene's guitar sound in full-bodied with a grinding lived-in quality...the guitar solos are expressive saying, 'yeah check out these cajones!"

"Blazingly hot, unadulterated, heavy rock and roll record...Greene's consistent and dynamic guitar work shines throughout...plays some of the most rip-roaring guitar solos of the year and combined with valuable use of the slide, which Greene plays with authority, gives the record a different edge."

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