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Introducing, in alphabetical order, three guitar greats–Stephen Inglis, Shawn Jones, Thomas Leeb.

Open up their guitar cases, and it is like letting the music genie out of the bottle–wonderful sounds come pouring out, from all around the globe, Nashville to Honolulu, Ireland to West Africa and back, across America, down country roads, along city streets, through the airwaves.

Stephen Inglis, Shawn Jones, Thomas Leeb– all three of them are working musicians, with busy solo careers. They are also musician’s musicians, with great reputations for their work–their individual work.

Musically, they are very different from each other. So, what might happen if they got together?

“The three of us are endorsed by and have a mutual love for Lowden Guitars.  We met for the first time playing at Lowdenʻs booth at the 2014 NAMM show in Anaheim. From hanging that weekend, we hit it off and decided to book a tour together. We got to really know each other on the road, so the next stop was a natural–the recording studio. Flash forward, and here we are–on Common Ground.”

Flash forward, and here we are–presenting Common Ground . . .

STEPHEN INGLIS

Stephen Inglis is a versatile artist. He crosses genres, yet his music always radiates integrity. Born and raised in Honolulu, he plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key guitar. He records and tours with the most respected traditional musicians. His duet album with legend Dennis Kamakahi won Hawaii’s highest musical honor, a Hoku Hanohano Award, and the CD is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Along with his strong respect for tradition, Stephen is a creative innovator. His album Slacking on Dylan opened up new territory for slack key, winning him a Hawaii Music Award. He has made three albums of his own singer-songwriter originals, acoustic and electric; and a new one, Learning You By Heart, is being readied for release in the Spring of 2015. Stephen lives the music life to the full: club gigs, concerts, festivals, touring, recording. He keeps expanding his musical range. Ånd he is a great collaborator, always open to finding common ground in melody and harmony.

SHAWN JONES 

Shawn Jones is the epitome of American Roots music: rock, R&B, jazz, and country. His father raised him on Hank Williams. He discovered the blues growing up in Southern California. Then several years in Nashville seasoned him as a session and road musician who could sing, write, and perform alongside the very best in the industry. Shawn has been on the same bill with all kinds of greats: from Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings to B.B. King to Bonnie Raitt to Leon Russell to Johnny Winter to Taj Mahal–the roll call goes on and on. Waylon Jennings was also so impressed with Shawn’s live performance that he took Jones under his wing, offering him a management deal and the grand opportunity to play on his 1996 release “Right For The Time.”  Shawn was also Waylon’s lead guitarist on Lollapalooza with Metallica, Ramones, & SoundGarden, and Willie’s 4th of July Picnic.  Shawn currently tours with country music multi-platinum artist, Deana Carter as her lead guitarist. “He plays more than two hundred dates a year, and tours internationally–fifteen years going to Europe. He has four studio albums and a live album under his belt, and his songs have been featured in Hollywood movies and on network TV.

THOMAS LEEB 

Thomas Leeb picked up his first guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: to meet girls. It was the start of a lifelong love affair–with the instrument. He played his first solo concert at fifteen, and released his first acoustic album at seventeen. He developed into a pyrotechnic fingerpicker, with his fireworks always in the service of the music. He listens and learns: three years studying West African traditional music have given him a sense of timing and groove unusual in a guitarist. Thomas teaches workshops and master classes, and performs at concerts and festivals in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. He has been featured in guitar magazines all over the world, and his album Desert Pirate was voted one of the essential albums of the last twenty years by Åcoustic Guitar Magazine.

 

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