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Artists who endorse Howling Monkey Guitar Picks
We are proud to have the following artists in the Howling Monkey Guitar Picks family. Check out their bios and music below.
Bang’s musical journey began in his native Chicago. He was born in the Austin neighborhood into a music-loving household where everybody from Lou Rawls to the Village People shared time on the family’s turntable. Bang, whose actual surname is Blinkal, saw his first live music at the lounge where his mother waitressed. His father, a Chicago police officer, was initially disapproving of his son’s interest in playing guitar. But Bang persevered, and at age 16 bought a cheap six-string and amp that he was only allowed to play in the garage.
As Bang’s six-string prowess grew, the bluesman who’d influenced two generations of guitar heroes including Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton took notice, and with it came the invitation to join Buddy Guy’s band. At the same time, Bang and the Buzz were on the verge of signing a deal with Capricorn Records to make an album produced by Warren Haynes. But like all of Bang’s friends, even Haynes suggested that he hit the road with Guy and learn at the side of a master instead.
Bang circled the world five times with Buddy Guy, headlining clubs and theaters, and opening on major tours in some of the biggest arenas and amphitheaters. Along the way, Bang shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, Santana, Robert Plant, R.E.M., Jimmie Vaughan, Dave Matthews, B.B. King, Clapton and other blues and rock titans. He also performed alongside Guy in many television appearances, including the The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Bang continued to forge ahead on his own, too. In 2004, he cut his debut album, Frank Bang Alive One, followed by the studio set, Frank Bang’s Secret Stash in 2005. In 2006, he madeHomegrown Live from Martyr’s. With 2007’s And They Named It Rock And Roll, Bang began to take song craft more seriously.
Frank Bang & Buddy Guy
Frank Bang - Live in Boca Raton
Having been described as "…a musical fall down a flight of stairs, laughing all the way," it is no wonder Matthew Hendershot prides himself on being a passion and style fueled player. Equal parts educated musician and punk iconoclast, Matthew approaches playing with an informed reckless abandon which is often better described by how it is felt rather than heard.
As one half of the Brooklyn based avant-rock duo, The End Men, Matthew serves more than triple duty as he holds down both rhythm and lead guitar, as well as bass and vocals. Having trained primarily as a bassist, his playing style sits deep in the pocket while carving thru tunes in an essential and heavy riff-based manor. Influences ranging from deep south blues men to Rage Against The Machine combine to form a funky rocking style, of course all cranked to eleven.
Ever the storyteller, Matthew's relationship with Howling Monkey was born out of equal interest in not only the playability of their picks, but in the background of sustainability, environmental consciousness and the care and quality of handmade craftsmanship.
The End Men - The Wolves (At Singlecut Brewery)
The End Men - Morning Birds
"I grew up in the mountains of Hendersonville North Carolina. I come from a long line of pillars of the community........Hatfields to harlots, and a preacher or two. I had a great aunt that boarded up the windows of a house and set it on fire with her husband in it and a grandmother that shot her husband, so needless to say, I approach love with caution. There were the obligatory bootleggers in Dark Corner South Carolina and my Great grandpa B.T. Wright was a trainman in Eastern Kentucky, he also worked in the coal mines. Bluegrass music makes me homesick, and books make me want to never go back. I'm a walking contradiction,(like the man said) partly truth and partly fiction. I did a stint for Atlantic Records in the 90's, rode on a big bus and then learned how to tour the country solo in a truck following someone else's big bus. I'd drive with one hand on the steering wheel and write songs on a pad beside me with the other. (NOT recommended!) Dylan, Guthrie, Cash...they all had their say and the last thing I wanted to try and do was be prophetic or profound. I just wanted to find a thread of honesty the same way they seemed to. I was the shortest, skinniest, most gullible and scared kid I knew, and as an adult, I felt more like a misfit than I did as a child. It was around 9-11 and all of the political/social fallout from Columbine that made me start thinking that just maybe we were on the brink as a society..... I now write and perform "Southern Friction" music, tour and write for film and television. Songwriting makes me try and say something honest and somehow connect to the world around me..sometimes it makes me do just the opposite and I swear that I'll never get out of my own head. I love hobos, knives, the 1930's, old books, and all things arcane or esoteric. Oh, and prime numbers are pretty compelling. ........ "I wear my soul like a hobo's skin, hard as leather with a toothless grin." - Matt King
Matt King - Edens Apple
Matt King - The Mountain
Trevor Green, A California native, grew up on the beaches of Southern California where he spends as much time riding waves as he does strumming his guitar. For the past decade Green has toured heavily, establishing a loyal and enthusiastic fan base. Fusing world, funk, folk and jam rock into a high-energy performance, Green's music has a strong universal appeal. The versatile musician who makes use of vocals, guitar (6 and 12 string, lap slide, banjo, mandolin and ukulele), didgeridoo, stompbox and harmonica has been called "a musical breath of fresh air..."
With the latest release of Green's third studio album 'Sacred Seed', which was released in Spring of 2011, he shows his prolific abilities as a songwriter, releasing his third independent album in the past four years. 'Sacred Seed' proves once again that this multi-instrumentalist is one talented storyteller and songwriter.
Trevor and Howling Monkey share similar ideals of sustainability of the planet and handmade quality items.
Trevor Green - Voice of the Wind
Trevor Green - Desert Sand
Born and raised in the Bama clay, these boys are as southern as they come. Taught how to bend a string and break a heart bySkynyrd and Hank, brothers James and Frank Ford along with their hometown friends Andrew Davis and Ben Crain formed the southern rock band known as Them Dirty Roses. Piling into an RV with their guitars, a bottle of party liquor (in the cooler), and shotguns in tow, they made their way from Gadsden, AL to Nashville, TN. All living all under one roof, Them Dirty Roses are chasing the quintessential rock and roll American Dream. Their live show calls for a shot of whiskey and a 2 for 1 special -- BUT what that really means is you better be ready to throw back 12 for 6 and shake it with the Dirty Boys.