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Mayfest Announces 2011 Headliner – Phil Brown’s Guitar Army
By Tourism Industry Partner
Tulsa, OK., April 12, 2011 – Phil Brown storms Tulsa with his Guitar Army on Saturday night May 21 to headline Tulsa’s 2011 Mayfest with his “Jimi Project” Tribute to the songwriting genius of Jimi Hendrix. Showtime is 9:30pm on the festival’s main stage on the Williams Green.
The “Guitar Army” is led by Brown, a critically acclaimed guitar-slinger/road warrior who fans and critics alike have placed in the guitar hero ranks of Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck over the years. Brown’s performance credits have included stints on guitar and vocals for such notable bands as Little Feat and Kool & the Gang, and his original compositions have graced recordings by Eric Clapton, Pat Benatar, Kiss’s Ace Frehley, Cher, Journey’s Steve Perry, Kix and Bonnie Tyler, to name a few. Brown moved his command headquarters to Oklahoma from Austin in recent months, and is thrilled to be appearing at Mayfest. (He has fond memories of his past dates with Little Feat at Cain’s.)
Brown’s “Jimi Project” CD, an inventive reworking of a dozen classic Hendrix compositions, was an instant critical success on its release in 2006, and is still a staple on progressive rock and satellite radio stations here and in Europe, as are several of Brown’s other recent recordings. The “Jimi Project” album will be performed by Brown’s Guitar Army in its entirety at Tulsa’s Mayfest, along with several other Phil Brown gems and a surprise or two from what Brown describes as the “Great Classic Rock & Roll Songbook.”
The “Guitar Army” includes three additional “guitarist’s guitarists” in its front ranks: Ray McCarty, a veteran of stints with Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles as well as the Eric Burdon (the vocalist for “The Animals”) band and recording sessions with John Lee Hooker; Frank Harrison, another Buddy Miles sideman who also performs with the current touring incarnation of Thin Lizzy; and Jasco Coomes, an explosive jazz-blues-fusion guitarist and Phil Brown protégé.
Providing the Guitar Army with its rhythmic fire power are veteran Oklahoma players Dave Copenhaver (the Army’s “Bass Commander” and member of Brown’s OKC based trio “Body Language”), along with the percussive artillery of Peter Pollack (the drummer of Brown’s “Body Language” trio). Copenhaver is an Oklahoma native and veteran of 200 notable recording projects as producer and session/touring musician, including work with notable Tulsans Leon Russell and J.J. Cale. Pollack previously spent seven years as part of the Las Vegas “Blue Man Group” drumming/performance art entourage, and holds a PhD in percussion – making him a veritable “rock & roll ‘doctor’.”
Mayfest marks the first Oklahoma appearance for the Guitar Army. This is classic rock & roll at its finest, performed by highly decorated rock & roll veterans of many historic musical campaigns. Fans of Hendrix, classic rock and virtuoso guitarists to your battle stations -- for a night of rock & roll fireworks that will long be remembered.
More on Tulsa Mayfest 2011 including the entire performing artist schedule: www.tulsamayfest.org
More on Phil Brown: www.philbrownrocks.com