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What happens when three of the world's greatest guitarists get together to form a band? They call themselves The Hellecasters and go on to record some of the most incredible instrumental music ever. Each world-renown in their own right, combined they ma

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What happens when three of the world's greatest guitarists get together to form a band?

They call themselves The Hellecasters and go on to record some of the most incredible instrumental music ever. Each world-renown in their own right, combined they make music that takes your breath away.

John Jorgenson, Jerry Donahue and Will Ray are each involved in numerous projects that have them traveling the world, so getting together to write and record is a challenge.

John Jorgenson has been voted guitarist of the year by the Academy of Country Music consecutively for three years.
is known as one of the pioneers of the American gypsy jazz movement. He has performed as a solo artist as well as collaborated with other musicians all over the world. His articles and lessons on gypsy jazz have appeared in prominent guitar magazines and he has given master classes around the country, and he has performed with some of the most respected European proponents of this style, Bireli Lagrene and Romane. His playing has been included on a CD with Babik Reinhardt and Jimmy Rosenberg, and on another featuring Angelo Debarre and Moreno. In 1988 Curb Records released Jorgenson's After You've Gone CD, a collection of Reinhardt- and Goodman-styled 30's swing, featuring guest artists Darol Anger and David Grisman. John is a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and six-year member of Elton John's band. Artists ranging from Barbra Streisand to Bonnie Raitt to Earl Scruggs have sought out Jorgenson's guitar work. Recently, John Jorgenson was chosen to portray Django Reinhardt in the feature film Head in the Clouds.

Jerry Donahue is ranked by Guitar Player Magazine among the elite where he has, for most of this decade, held the position as one of the three best country guitar players in the world for five years running. Guitar Shop Magazine describes his gift for guitar playing as a "freak of nature." Jerry's bio includes performances with George Harrison, Elton John, Robert Plant, Roy Orbison, Joan Armatrading and Gerry Rafferty. Danny Gatton once called him "the string-bending king of the planet." An American growing up in England, he superbly filled the shoes of Richard Thompson's departure from Fairport Convention. He appeared at the Cropredy Festival in the UK last August celebrating Fairport's 30th anniversary. In addition to his role as lead guitarist with a variety of bands, Jerry can be found world-wide through his instructional videos, clinics and live solo appearances.

Will Ray's unorthodox playing style of using B-Benders along with ring slides on both hands has made him somewhat of a cult figure within guitar circles. In 1992, the California Country Music Association voted him Guitarist of the Year. Artists such as Carlene Carter, Tom Jones, Steve Earle, Joe Walsh, Thomas Dolby and Solomon Burke have all benefited from Will's truly original style of playing. In addition, Will has released 2 instructional videos: B-Bender Mania and Stealth Slide Technique. He has also unleashed a solo CD entitled Invisible Birds, which finds him singing and playing like a madman.

John, Will and Jerry are largely responsible for the recent upsurge and popularity of instrumental guitar music. It all began with their first album, Return of the Hellecasters. John Jorgenson's rock-influenced harmonics, Will Ray's quick-pickin' and two-handed slide tricks, combined with Jerry Donahue's outrageous string-bending techniques created the unique sound of The Hellecasters. It was voted Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine's Reader's Poll, and Guitar Shop Magazine declared it Album of the Year.

Their second project was called Escape From Hollywood. Each player contributed tunes and a distinct sonic signature. "Inspiring and mucho fun!" stated Guitar Player Magazine's Reader's poll for the Best Overall Recording. With the release of Hell III - New Axes to Grind, their newest record, each bring to the table his own special forte of spicy guitar playing.

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