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Artist Endorsees

Southern Avenue

Southern Avenue is currently on tour throughout the continental US. Check their TOUR page for details.

Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. "If Memphis music is a genre, this is it!" proclaims American Blues Scene, and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue, "The most-talked-about band in Memphis."

Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue’s upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.

Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience.

" We've been using the StompLight package Michael designed for our band these past few shows and even with just using the color wheel & mic mode, the vibe has been great! They've worked really well at the smaller theaters/clubs we played after leaving San Francisco.We are digging them; they've been fantastic for such a simple setup. Thank you.. thank you!"

Gage - bassist with Southern Avenue

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Don Alder

Don's current CD "Armed & Dangerous" has him nominated at the 2016 WCMA's for "Instrumental Artist of the Year".

 

 

Don Alder has been featured in numerous guitar magazines, has millions of youtube views, performed duets with Grammy Winners, Angelique Kidjo and John Parr and has been in shows and festivals that included artists such as Steve Vai, Lee Ritnour, David Foster, Victor Wooten, Sarah Mclauglin, Andy Mckee, Tommy Emmanuel and Billy Sheehan (Mr.Big). It was at one of these shows that Lee Ritenour hand picked Alder to be on the advisory judge panel for the highly touted International Six String Theory Contest. His music combines deeply textured melody and rhythm, soulful singing with haunting lyrics and his guitar fireworks and fabulous storytelling makes his shows highly entertaining and talked about for days. And, Don’s heart is as big as his talent. In 1985 he put his music career on hold for 2.5 years to help his lifelong friend go around the world in a wheelchair, an amazing journey with a story that has become part of Canadian History. In 2006, Director Michael French produced a feature film about the story, www.heartofadragonmovie.com which includes Don as one of the main characters portrayed by actor Andrew Lee Potts. Alder continues to perform around the world entertaining audiences and inspiring people and guitarists wherever he goes.

"I learned about the StompLight Light Effects pedal awhile back and was totally blown away with the concept of a portable lightshow packaged up in at footstomp pedal. Its extremely portable and powerful now hoping they invent version II that includes dancing girls and lasers. I love this pedal and it goes to all my gigs."  - DA

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Trey Sabatelli 

Trey began drumming professionally in the early 80’s in NYC. After moving to the San Francisco area in 1984, his style and musicianship propeled him into the inner circle of great Bay Area musicians. He played in numerous bands during the late 80’s including The Ultras and the Gone Jackals. In 1993 he joined The Jefferson Starship for an extended tour of Europe, and quickly followed by filling the drum chair in the Tubes for drumming great Prairie Prince. Trey and Prairie literally split the two gigs for 8 years. In 2001, Trey answered the call to join legendary musician Todd Rundgren for his successful Power Trio tour. While on the road, he developed his web coding, design and production skills. In late 2001 Trey joined Digidesign (Pro Tools) as their chief web producer and emarketing manager. Trey operates a full schedule of Independent Project Management gigs, Web Production gigs as well as a busy performance and recording schedule. Trey continues to play with the Jefferson Starship and the Tubes and regularly with Tainted Love the San Francisco Premier Cover Band. 

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Michael Lehmann Boddicker

Michael is currently lecturing at IMSTA Festa, KnobCon and Sythplex.

Michael Lehmann Boddicker (born January 19, 1953), is an American film composer and session musician, specializing in electronic music. Three times N.A.R.A.S. Most Valuable Player "Synthesizer" and MVP Emeritus, he was awarded a Grammy as a songwriter for "Imagination" from Flashdance in 1984. In recognition of his achievements, contributions and furtherance of electronic music in the recording industry he was presented with an honorary doctorate of music from Coe College in 1991. He has given seminars at such noticeable entities as FIDM, Coe, The International Computer Music Conference and San Jose State University. He was the winner of Keyboard Magazine's Reader's Poll Award - "Best Studio Synthesist" 1986 & 1987 and "Best Session Player" 1988. 

"I have been using StompLight Pro and & Pal non-stop! Performances, seminars, photo and video streaming shoots! Built like a tank, yet compact and easy to cart & setup. Great product!"  -MLB

 

James Nash

James Nash is no stranger to musical diversity. As at home with Charlie Parker and Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, the accomplished guitarist embraces the potential challenges of playing multiple genres with both joy and aplomb. 

" Great venues always have great lighting, it’s just part of the package. And once you’ve played places that really do it right, it is a SERIOUS bummer to try to make music in the shadows. No matter how well you play, if the audience can’t see you, everything just feels a little flat."

" I’m really impressed with StompLight for shrinking down stage lighting into a package working musicians can deal with and afford. Easy carry, quick setup, and cool creative options that let an artist highlight the music, and just make a stage feel more fun. An innovative product that actually works—not to mention, it’s made by a really solid crew of folks. StompLight rocks! "

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Chris Beals 

 

Chris Beals is originally from Hamilton, Ohio and is now a professional drummer/ percussionist/ background vocalist/ producer and videographer located in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chris has over 23yrs. experience as a professional musician (drummer & percussionist). He studied Music Performance in percussion under Professor William Albin, performed in the 2 o'clock Jazz Ensemble for several years under Professor James Olcott and studied Electronic Music at Miami University, Oxford.

Chris's love for radio, television and film has also come full-circle since moving to Nashville in 2009. Here he worked for "Mr. Nashville:" Billy Block, creating the layout for Billy's local monthly magazine, edited his television shows for local cable access channel Necat Network Channel 9 and assisted with the Silver Stars(talent show for seniors) at The Ryman hosted by Billy himself and sponsored by HealthSpring.