Featuring a collection of some of music's most well respected individuals, our judging panel will be reviewing bands for Crossroads Guitar Festival - where One Artist will be selected based on musicianship, originality, ability to draw, songwriting, and vocal ability.
Blues Saraceno (born October 17, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American rock guitarist, composer, and music producer who currently resides in Los Angeles California. Saraceno was discovered by Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine, at the age of 16, which assisted him in releasing instrumental recordings on an independent basis (which sold well over 100,000 copies). Saraceno's high profile as a gifted guitar virtuoso and musician opened the doors to an early career as a first call guitar sideman and session musician. Saraceno is most often recognized from his time playing w/Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (Cream) as well as his brief tenure with the band Poison. Saraceno's early success in the music industry would eventually blossom into a career in producing and composing for television and film.
Paul Gilbert, one of the most celebrated guitar shredders of the last 2 decades, is known the world over for his virtuosity and terrifying technique. Equally unique, is Paul's ability to craft the perfect song with a keen sense of harmony and melody. With 30 or so cd releases under his belt ,Paul has displayed a vast wide variety of musical direction, from blistering guitar solo's to Beatleseque power pop songs.
Moving to Hollywood in the mid 80's, Paul quickly became a guitar hero playing in and around the LA club circuit with his band Racer X. After the band broke up in 1988, Paul formed Mr Big with fellow virtuoso bassist Billy Sheehan. Mr Big was a huge commercial success, first in Japan and then worldwide with a #1 Billboard hit "To Be with You". Headlining concert halls and major rock festivals, Mr Big toured non-stop for many years. Paul soon left Mr. Big to concentrate on a solo outing which lasted well into the 90's. At this time, Paul's career was centered around his immense popularity in Japan who openly embraced his pop sensibility and guitar heroics. As the new Millennium approached fans clamored for new Racer X material. Paul and his former band-mates heeded the call with Technical Difficulties and Super Heroes, a collection of fierce metal tracks with a heavy dose of Paul's trademark Hyper-Shred guitar work.
Peter Stroud is most widely recognized as Sheryl Crow’s guitarist of over 13 years. He first gained attention in the mid-90‘s recording and touring with Pete Droge. Over the years Peter has also toured or recorded with Don Henley, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, Shawn Mullins, Richie Sambora and has shared the stage with his personal heroes Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Mike Campbell, among many others.
Peter is the co-founder of 65AMPS, one of the most highly regarded hand-wired guitar amplifier brands in the ‘boutique amp’ world.
He is currently promoting his new band BIG HAT and the release of their Debut EP. As well, Peter will be back out on tour with Sheryl Crow in 2013.
Born and raised in Greensboro, NC, Peter now calls Atlanta, GA home.
Audley Freed is a guitarist and songwriter in Nashville, Tn. He was chosen one of the "100 Greatest Rock Guitarists Of All Time" in Classic Rock Magazine.
Currently a member of Sheryl Crow's band, some the of the other artists Audley has played with on tour include: Jimmy Page, The Black Crowes, The Dixie Chicks, Peter Frampton, Jakob Dylan, Court Yard Hounds, Joe Perry, Cry of Love, Chris Robinson and New Earth Mud, Gov't Mule, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Kevn Kinney and more. He has also performed onstage with Eddie Vedder, The Allman Brothers, John Paul Jones, Patti Smith, Ben Harper, Johnny Depp, The Wallflowers, Steve Miller, Steven Tyler, Oasis, Marty Stuart, Kid Rock, Sara McLachlan, Drivin' and Cryin', Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Steve Earle, Kevn Kinney, Edwin McCain, Jackie Greene, Travis Tritt ,Robben Ford, Drive By Truckers, and many more.
Audley can be heard on recordings by Sheryl Crow,The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, The Dixie Chicks, Kid Rock, Gavin Degraw, Ray Wylie Hubbard (with Ringo Starr), Court Yard Hounds, Cry of Love, Gov't Mule, The Wreckers, Wynonna Judd, Ty Stone, James McMurtry, Larry Graham, Chris Robinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Joe Firstman, Sass Jordan, Will Hoge and lot's more.
Audley has written songs recorded by Chris Robinson, Train, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Allen, Kid Rock, Gov't Mule, Cry of Love, Keith Gattis, and others.