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JOHNNY A. - Lead Guitar
Often referred to as a “musicians’ musician,” Johnny A. is an internationally recognized Grammy-Nominated guitarist/songwriter/producer. As well as having a very successful twenty plus year career as a solo artist, he anchored J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf and his Houseparty 5 Band for eight years acting as musical director, lead guitarist, and co-producer (Peter Wolf - “Long Line” Warner/Reprise four stars Rolling Stone Magazine), and was the touring lead guitarist for iconic British band The Yardbirds (2015-2018), as well as musical director and lead guitarist for Bobby Whitlock (Derek & the Dominos, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie).

As a solo artist, A. has toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Major festival performances include: Fuji Rock (Japan), Leverkusener Jazztage (Germany), Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, SFJAZZ Festival, and others. He has shared stages with such artists as B.B. King, Aerosmith, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, JJ Cale, John Hiatt, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Etta James, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Eric Johnson, Peter Frampton, and many, many more. He wrote and had a number one hit on AAA radio with the song “Oh Yeah” from “Sometime Tuesday Morning.” He has four solo releases, has been Grammy nominated, was voted 2010 “Blues Artist of the Year” (Boston Music Awards), was inducted into the Boston Music Hall of Fame in 2014, and has appeared as a featured guitarist on recordings by Peter Wolf, Jimmy Webb, Jim Peterik, Stuart Kimball (Bob Dylan), and others.

Johnny A. is a Gibson Guitar Signature Artist (three models) and an Epiphone Guitar Signature Artist.
From A to Beatles
Highly regarded among his peers and in addition to being the current bassist for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, some of the artists Cassell has played and recorded with include Susan Tedeschi, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Four Piece Suit, Bo Diddley, Johnny A., Robin Lane,The Radio Kings, Nicole Nelson, Tony Lynn Washington, Andy Pratt, Super Genius, Lori McKenna, Michael Tarbox, amongst others. He has toured extensively throughout the United States, every province in Canada, and twenty-three other countries. Major festival performances include Lucerne Jazz Fest (Switzerland), Glastonbury (UK), Roskilde (Denmark), Montreal Jazz Fest, Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada), Chicago Blues Fest, and Bumbershoot in Seattle. In addition, Cassell has also written and recorded music for television and film including Sex And The City, Nurse Jackie, America’s Got Talent, America’s Next Top Model, Run’s House, Along Came Polly, Our Lips Are Sealed, and The Real Housewives. Cassell is a Grammy-Nominated Artist, has four Boston Music Awards, and has been inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

From A to Beatles
Drummer Marty Richards is nationally known as a "go-to" player for any setting. His innate sense of swing and unerring sense of time have graced hundreds of stages and one hundred fifty recordings, behind a list of artists that reads like a "who's who" of American popular music. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, his professional career launched with a ten year stint in the Gary Burton Quintet. He has performed and recorded since with many jazz, rock, and blues acts including Duke Robillard, Joe Perry Project, J. Geils Band, Pete Francis, James Montgomery Band, Airborne, Peter Wolf, James Cotton, Jay McShann, Jimmy Witherspoon, The Blues Brothers, The Peter Malick Group featuring Norah Jones, John Hammond, Jr., Johnny A., Kim Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, Makoto Ozone, and Tommy Flanagan. In 2015, Richards was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame and was recently recognized by Zildjian for his thirty year association with the brand.

From A to Beatles
GREG TAWA - Rhythm Guitar
One of New England’s finest guitarists, Tawa has honed his skills as a “hired gun” guitarist with the ability to fit into any musical genre. He has been an anchor in performance supporting such artists as Bo Diddley, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Big Blues Meanies, Hearts on Fire, The Streets, Johnny A., and countless others. Tawa has toured throughout the USA and abroad sharing stages with Rick Derringer, Bob Seger, Aerosmith, David Johansen, and many more.

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New release: From A. to Beatles Vol. 1 - coming soon.


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