When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar
back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the
guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and can be heard on his
Grammy-nominated "Nashville Jam". Clements called him simply, "One of
the finest guitarists there is, anywhere." Echoing that sentiment is an
ever-growing chorus of music critics, guitar students, and acoustic
music fans from throughout the world.
bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's
musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to
flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.
have had the privilege of studying with Mike at several music camps
including International Guitar Seminars and Mike's own Greater
Yellowstone Music Camp. If
you want to hear wonderful control and excellent tone visit Mike's
has been "one to watch" in the Phoenix area since taking up residence
here in 1990. Through the years, he has cultivated a large and loyal
following. Audiences enjoy his nimble guitar work and warm vocals in
settings ranging from solo performances at venues in the
Phoenix/Scottsdale area to the complexity of his quartet at the Desert
Botanical Gardens jazz series. Pete continues to delight audiences with
a growing repertoire of original compositions, presented in performance
alongside straight-ahead and Latin jazz sounds. He has released four
CDs to date and looks forward to his next recording project.
addition to being a popular performer, Pete is also a sought-after
private teacher and clinician.
When I lived in Phoenix, Arizona I had the
opportunity to study with Pete. He is a wonderful player and excellent
teacher! Visit Pete's website HERE.
singer and songwriter Mary Flower is that rare breed of American roots
artist. Her devotion to the art form is both lovingly and historically
accurate, yet her creativity lends it vitality and energy that it might
continue, evolve and flourish in an age of increasingly digitized and
I have had the pleasure of studying with Mary
at several summer music camps. Her classes are fun and informative. She
is a great ragtime picker and insightful teacher. Visit Mary's website HERE.
Hulihan, has enjoyed a vast career over the past twenty years as a
performer, educator, conductor, narrator, arts administrator, and as a
classical music radio host. Chuck has Directed the Guitar Program at
Glendale Community College since 1999, where he is the Assistant
Department Chair for Performing Arts, and serves on the Arts Advisory
Board for the Maricopa Community College District. In January of 2015
Chuck was chosen by his peers to receive the GCC Gaucho Globe Award for
Supporting Student Success.
When I was studying music at
Glendale Community College I had the privalege of studying guitar with
Chuck. To learn more visit his Facebook page HERE or his GCC page HERE.
Johnson can sing the blues, pick the guitar and dobro and just about
anything with strings on it, write you a song and tell you a story and
then teach you how to do it, too. He's been doing it all his life since
he grew up next to the Mississippi river and now, years later, after
traveling the world and spreading the joy of music far and wide, he's
still at it. Johnson is a hard musician to categorize since he can do
it all. He's a singer, player, songwriter, author, record producer,
loves every aspect of music and wants to let you know about it.
have had the privilege of studying with Orville at several music camps.
What a wonderful musician, teacher and friend! Orville is amazing! Visit his website HERE.
I lived in Phoenix, Arizona Gerard and I were "The Red Shoe Band." We
played at folk festivals, coffee houses and bars. We were also part of
our church band. There we played gospel songs, but everywhere else we
played the blues!