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Milwaukee native Greg Koch has forged a successful career as “a guitar player’s guitarist.” He is not only a fiercely creative player with a whole trick bag of impressive techniques, ranging from Albert Lee chicken-pickin’ to Albert King string-bending to all-out Hendrixian abandon, he is also is a clinician for Fishman Transducers and his wildly popular “guitar test drive” videos (4,000 to date) for Wildwood Guitars of Louisville, Colorado have generated 50 million views. Koch also has a signature axe which was released in 2019 by Reverend Guitars, named the Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster. The guitar colors were given somewhat humorous names like: Kochwork Orange, and Blucifer. He is also a best-selling method book author and video instructor for music publisher Hal Leonard and a contributing columnist for a variety of guitar magazines including Guitar Player. Guitar great Steve Vai, who released Koch’s 2001 album The Grip on his own Favored Nations label, heaped praise on his fellow guitarist: “Greg Koch is one of those rare guitarists that can blend various styles with a light-hearted approach and a tremendous amount of technique. Hearing him play is inspiring to a guitar player to try to achieve greatness on the instrument.”
Dylan Koch gravitated to the drums early on in his life using kitchen utensils to play along with music as soon as he could walk. After digesting an early diet of Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell and John Bonham, Dylan was mentored by the legendary Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea/Robben Ford). In high school, Dylan participated in the Jazz Institute at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and furthered his studies at the McNally Smith School of Music in the Twin Cities. While still in his teens he performed with young guitar guns Tallan Noble Latz and Jared James Nichols and has performed alongside his father with such artists as Robben Ford, Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Jon Cleary, David Grissom, Roscoe Beck and Malford Milligan. Dylan was recently nominated for drummer of the year by the Wisconsin Area Music Awards (WAMI). Says proud papa Koch, “This is the third official
recording with the kid. And what’s great about it is, you can’t teach the grease. And he gets it. He gets the filth. I guess he’s just got my filthy DNA.”
Hailing from the Twin Cities area, Toby Lee Marshall came from a musical family, playing piano for years until falling under the spell of the sound of the organ while at a baseball game at age seven. His fascination for the Hammond B3 took hold after his Dad took him to see Steve Cherewan playing with Dr. Mambo’s Combo during their legendary residency at Bunker’s in Minneapolis. Steve mentored Toby in the ways of the B3 and he hit the ground running, landing a gig with bluesman Lonnie Brooks while still a teen. He would go on to travel the world as a member of Bernard Allison’s band. Following a long hiatus from music, Toby has returned to the music scene with a vengeance in the smoking Koch Marshall Trio. “Toby had actually retired from music,” Koch explained. “He decided to stop touring for several years to help raise his two young kids. But now he’s so excited to be playing in this trio because it’s just such a perfect format for him to let his freak flag fly. It’s the perfect combination of this kind of churchy, bluesy, funky, jazzy, rock, chicken-pickin’ thing, and he fits right in.”
“Ali Handal’s reputation has centered around her big riffs, burning yet melodic solos, and huge voice.”
~ Guitar Player Magazine
Vintage Guitar magazine describes Ali as a “devilishly witty songwriter whose guitar is as blue and gutsy as her lyrics.” When asked about her music and stage presence, fans simply say “badass.”
Onstage and on record, Ali oozes an empowered female sexuality that is reflected in her lyrics, as well as the swagger of her songwriting and guitar playing. She has earned raves from Guitar Player, American Songwriter, Guitar World, and Vintage Guitar magazines. She’s cracked the Billboard album charts, and toured Australia, Japan and beyond. Ali has sung backup for Neil Young, and has been songwriting legend Paul Williams’s featured vocalist. She’s had her songs featured in numerous films and hit TV shows. She was asked to write Hal Leonard’s guitar method Guitar for Girls, a book + audio brimming with encouraging pointers, as well as uplifting quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres. Ali is also known for her role as lead guitarist in the all-female Aerosmith tribute RagDolls, playing note-for-note renditions of Joe Perry’s iconic but elusive solos.
Ali has released four albums, as well as a series of singles from her forthcoming album Slow Burn. Her song “Shut Your Mouth and Do Something” was chosen for Spotify’s “Nu-Blues” & “Women of the Blues” playlists, as well as Joe Bonamassa’s “Cutting Edge Blues” Spotify playlist. Slow Burn is due to be released in early 2024, produced by Ali’s long-time collaborator and four-time Grammy Award winner Seth Atkins Horan.
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/ali-handal/4873517