Predominantly a self-taught guitarist, for over 25 years George Doering has applied his innate instrumental skill countless times to every facet of the recording studios “big four"- movies, television, records and jingles.
A firstcall guitarist at nearly every major recording studio in Los Angeles, Hendrickson's superb guitar playing has graced practically 15,000 record dates, more than 5,000 movie scores and countless television soundtracks. This is especially astonishing when you consider Hendrickson received very little formal guitar education.
In 1939, guitarist Al Hendrickson played his first recording session - a movie featuring the Andrew Sisters. For nearly the next 5 decades, he amassed a list of credits that require their own directory.
The guitar virtuosity of native Californian Mitch Holder has been featured in every form of popular music for over 25 years. He has played on over 25 gold records, five platinum records and more than ten Oscar-winning films.
Applying his own distinctive touch to jazz, pop, rock, heavy metal, country, blues, and R&B styles has made Mitch one of the most popular of today's LA session musicians.
SPACE COWBOYS (2005)
Mitch has played on numerous soundtracks for Hollywood pictures. In Strings of Memories Mitch Holder tells the story of how he worked with Clint Eastwood on his picture SPACE COWBOYS.
Since becoming active as a session guitarist in LA, he has worked on hundreds of TV and radio commercials, motion pictures and television shows. He has also received the Most Valuable Player award from NARAS three times and was voted into Tune-Up Guitar magazine's Hall of Fame in 1998.
Kurnick's extraordinary fingerboard technique is harmonically satisfying, and a visual treat. He confidently handles any number of playing styles ranging from George Van Eps symphonic subtleties, Kenny Burrell lush chord melodies, Lenny Breau rapid cascading harmonics, to James Burton burning double-stops, Jimi Hendrix soaring leads and Cornell Dupree's funkiest funk rhythm grooves.
Meshing careers as a session player, jazz guitarist, recording artist, performer and composer have all fit quite naturally into the scope of things for guitarist Thom Rotella. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York, Thom Rotella grew up listening to his grandfather play the guitar. On Sundays, the unmistakable aroma of his grandmother's Italian cooking would be enhanced by the sounds of guitar, mandolin (played by his uncle), singing, dancing and laughing - a great feeling.
Since his parents worked, he spent a great deal of time at his grandparents'. By age 5, he became intrigued by his grandfathers' guitar and when his grandfather was at work his grandmother would let him “fool around" with it.
Recognized as a valuable session man on the Hollywood recording studio scene for over two decades, Dan Sawyer has applied his instrumental guitar skills to hundreds of recordings, jingles, television and movie soundtracks.
At age 14, Michael first heard Les Paul and was immediately struck with an auditory lightning bolt. Subsequent studies with several of the West Coast's finest players, coupled with a total dedication to his craft, he became a true disciple of the guitar.