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Rodrigo Rodriguez, the renowned classical guitarist, was born in Quito Ecuador, South America. Coming from a very musical family, he started playing guitar at the age of 9, recording his first LP at the age of 12. When he was 16, he started to travel the world to increase his knowledge of the instrument, performing in Venezuela, Spain, France, England and Damascus, Syria. In 1986, he was invited to teach classical guitar by Eastfield College in Mesquite Texas. Rodrigo has recorded 16 CDs, one recorded with the City of Prague Philharmonic. Having performed at Carnegie Hall, he has also been the Solo Guitarist for many orchestras and symphonies. Welcome to the team Rodrigo!
Vince Gill, the legendary country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, has a guitar collection not easily rivaled. Schenk Guitars is proud to have recently delivered 4 of the newest additions to it. Vince has achieved commercial success and fame both as frontman to the country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s, and as a solo artist beginning in 1983, where his talents as a vocalist and musician have placed him in high demand as a guest vocalist, and a duet partner. Gill has recorded more than twenty studio albums, charted over forty singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 22 million albums. We are honored to have Vince play our guitars!
Jerry Douglas started his professional career when he was sixteen. The son of a steelworker, living in Warren, Ohio, Jerry played his instrument of choice, the Dobro, in bars. He has absorbed the sights and sounds around him and transmuted them into his own unique art by developing an eclectic style of playing and composing for the Dobro and other subspecies of resonator and slide guitars. His most clearly audible source is bluegrass—the genre in which he started and many would say now in which he presides.
Lead and rhythm guitar player, lead singer and band emcee for Anderson Family Bluegrass, 17 year old Paige Anderson has attracted national attention for her musical prowess. She was featured in "Teen Scene" in Bluegrass Now-the magazine's editor called her "a remarkable talent" - and profiled in Flatpick Guitar Magazine. She also plays clawhammer banjo and mandolin and is currently serving as the Teen Ambassador for the California Bluegrass Association. Schenk Guitars is excited to showcase the talents of Paige and her entire family!
Schenk Guitars is proud to add Sandra to it's roster of world class musicians. Sandra Bae is a 16 year old Fingerstyle Guitar and you-tube sensation who was introduced to the "beautiful instrument called guitar" just 4 short years ago at the tender age of 12. It wasn't until she turned 14, however, that she discovered Fingerstyle Guitar. Since then, she has been teaching herself, depending almost completely on her ear and imagination. She learns and arranges everything she plays relying exclusively on these two factors. Sandra took the Fingerstyle world by storm at her first ever concert at the 2011 Healdsburg Guitar Festival and displayed what can only be referred to as veteran chops.
As a multi-instrumentalist specializing in acoustic guitar, Mark Casstevens has accompanied over 250 recording artists in Nashville studio sessions. At last count, Mark has played on 98 #1 singles on the Billboard charts. He has added his talents to well over 400 albums and the cumulative sales from those sessions is in the neighborhood of 200 million. The songs and albums have been awarded over twenty Grammys. Mark has performed on numerous movie soundtracks . . . Read More
A native of Santa Barbara, CA, Bill Cooley has been a stalwart Nashville veteran for over 20 years, called "one of Nashville's most respected sideman" by Guitar Player magazine. After working with Merle Haggard in California in the early '80's, he moved to Nashville in 1985 and has toured and recorded with Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson and Hal Ketchum. Bill has played guitar for Kathy Mattea on stage and in the studio for the last 18 years. As a songwriter, he's had his songs . . . Read More
Roger is a national award winning guitarist, and has been teaching music since 1978. He teaches guitar, mandolin and fiddle from many styles. Roger cut his teeth on old Bill Monroe records, and cites Bob Wills, Don Reno, Doc Watson & Django as major influences. He grew up in the Pacific Northwest with music in his blood. Both grandfathers were fiddlers, and his Midwestern parents were musicians. Music was just part of living - in fact, late-night. . . Read More
Recognized in the international field as a musician who composes and performs a kaleidoscopic mixture of instrumental selections, Richard forges a unique voice to include the expanse of his influences as his complex and energetic original works become stories from the guitar. His use of banjo style picking patterns, classical arpeggios, tapping and harmonics, as well as a rhythmic and percussive approach, bring a fresh impression to the listener. According to 20th Century Guitar Magazine, "A powerhouse of eclectic guitar styles and genres, Gilewitz . . ." Read More
There is not a top session player in Nashville who doesn't know the name Kerry Marx. He is a true Nashville heavyweight and has played for just about every major recording artist on the Nashville scene, including Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed and Steve Wariner. His experience includes recording for artists, jingles, and TV, although he also does a variety of live TV and stage work. Currently, Kerry is a staff musician at the Grand Ole Opry, playing a Schenk Guitar. Check out . . . Read More
One of the great names on the international guitar roster, Franco Moroneis widely regarded as the "Italian Poet of the Acoustic Guitar". His melodies exert a powerful charm which makes itself felt on the very first hearing and is enhanced by his thoughtful arrangements. What is surprising in his work is the emotional impact of both his original and the traditional tunes the latter being completely refreshed and reborn under his fingers. . . Read More
2008 International Fingerstyle Champion - As a professional musician working in a competitive industry, Tim Thompson has learned to play his strengths in more than one area of the business. Not only is he considered a guitar virtuoso and talented singer/songwriter, he’s also a much sought after independent producer and session player. With Thompson’s latest self-produced release, FACES, his thoughtful arrangements of such contemporary jazz classics, Naima (Coltrane). . . Read More
Martin brings over 20 years of Nashville experience to the stage, 16 years of them playing, touring and recording for Country Mega Star, Clint Black. His playing style encompasses the best Nashville has to offer, including original fingerstyle licks, Merle Travis Style Pick'n, and, of course, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed influences. His natural charm, expericence, and stage energy gives the audience a night to remember. Schenk guitars is proud to have Martin as a friend . . . Read More