2014 Global Guitar Tour Starts

USA - June 6th 2014

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 Lowden Guitars is pleased to announce the forthcoming triple bill tour of “Global Guitar Greats” Thomas Leeb, Stephen Inglis, and Shawn Jones. These three world class guitarists are teaming up for an unforgettable evening of acoustic guitar driven musical bliss, touring the west coast in summer 2014 and the UK/Europe in autumn 2014.

Innovative Lowden Signature guitarist Thomas Leeb plays his Lowden Signature model and a Lowden Baritone guitar, popular Hawaiian slack key guitarist Stephen Inglis plays his custom Lowden 35 series fan fret, and multitalented blues and rock guitarist Shawn Jones plays two Lowden 35 series.

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Thomas Leeb

Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, played his first solo concert at the age of fifteen and released his first acoustic guitar album at seventeen.

Leeb is a frequent performer at concerts and festivals in Asia, the Americas and Europe and has been featured in numerous guitar magazines all over the world.  Every year, he teaches workshops and master classes in universities and colleges and his album “Desert Pirate” was voted one of the essential albums of the last twenty years by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

His peculiar guitar style owes as much to percussive techniques as traditional fingerstyle guitar. What sets Thomas Leeb apart from some of his contemporaries is his ability to make pyrotechnics serve the music. Three years studying West African traditional music give him a sense of timing and groove that is unusual in a guitarist. All this has earned him a loyal world-wide following and influential fans such as Eric Roche who was his guitar teacher, “for about five minutes and then I heard him play”, Jon Gomm awarded him “ten out of ten Gomms” and Guthrie Govan who thinks that “what Thomas does on an acoustic guitar probably shouldn’t be legal.”

Stephen Inglis

Stephen Inglis was born and raised in Honolulu. He plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar. He records and tours with highly regarded traditional musicians. At the same time he is an innovator: his album Slackin on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning a Hawaii Music Award. And he has made three albums of his singer-songwriter originals. Stephenʻs 2011 duet album with the late Hawaiian music legend Dennis Kamakahi won Hawaiʻis highest musical honor; a Nā Hōkū Hanaohano Award. The album is also on permanent display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. He is a versatile artist whose work always shines with musical truth.

“His material and stylish performances rank with the best” Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser

Stephen’s composition Redwood Slack Key was featured on the Grammy nominated and Nā Hōkū Hanohano(Hawaiʻi’s Grammy) winning album Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Volume 2. Stephen’s 2010 Album Slackin’ on Dylan won the 2011 Hawaii Music Award for Folk album of the year and was nominated for a Nā Hōkū Award a s well.

In 2012 Stephen teamed up with Hawaiian music legend Dennis Kamakahi for the duet album Waimaka Helelei which won the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for Slack Key album of the year.

His music has been featured in film and television with Hawaii NBC affiliate KHON’s special “Hawaiiʻs Saint Damien: A Journey of Sacrifice” among recent projects.

Stephen has also contributed guitar work to albums by renowned artists such as Kenneth Makuakāne and performed and toured with artists such as Slack Key Masters Cindy Combs, Ozzie Kotani ,  Dennis Kamakahi, Makana and Hawaiian music legends The Makaha Sons.

Shawn Jones

Shawn Jones is the epitome of American Roots/Rock music. He has proven over 25 years of being on the road and 40 years of dedication to his music that he has international appeal. Shawn has kept true to his influences, spanning from all the greats in Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, and Country. With four studio albums and one live album under his belt, Shawn’s skills as a seasoned songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist have put him on the same bill with the likes of BB King, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Derek Trucks, Little Feat, Taj Mahal, John Mayall, Coco Montoya, Johnny Winter, Jim Lauderdale, John Haitt, David Lindley, and many others. Once the guitarist for the late, great Waylon Jennings and current guitarist for multi-platinum country singer Deana Carter, he is also a seasoned session and road musician for other great artists. Growing up in the heartland of Southern California then moving for a number of years to Nashville, Shawn learned from his experiences how to play, sing, write, and perform along side the very best in the industry. Shawn has continued touring internationally in excess of 200 dates a year, creating new fans and followers literally everywhere he performs.

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