Live At North Star 2009
(World's Finest Records / Digital-Nations)


World renowned guitar instructor Andy Aledort steps out of the shadows with the 2010 release of his in concert solo CD Live At The North Star 2009 by Andy Aledort & The Groove Kings. Top rock, blues and fusion guitarists like Joe Satriani, Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Hendrix bass ace Billy Cox, Johnny Winter and Warren Haynes have all been quoted praising Andy’s guitar chops. Guitar students may know him as a first rate instructor but with Live At North Star 2009, here’s the perfect chance to find out about the excitement Andy brings to the live stage. With his live band featuring Mike DiMeo (keyboards, vocals), Dennis Metzler (bass), and Vito Luizzi and Richard Rosch (drums), Andy summons up scintillating covers of rockin’ classics from the pens of American music icons like Freddie King, Albert Collins, Ray Charles and B.B. King in addition to a couple of original compositions. Aledort describes the new album as, ‘a sprawling, 70+ minute live document of intense improvisation and band interaction.’ Available as both in download form from the Digital Nations imprint and available as good old silver disc CD from Andy’s web site, Live At The North Star 2009 is a fine introduction to the white hot, blues-rock guitar sound of Andy Aledort & The Groove Kings.

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Musical Background

I started on the guitar at age 11 and was initially inspired to start playing because of the Beatles. Another significant moment was seeing BB King perform live on TV, after which I really wanted to get an electric guitar. At 17 I became obsessed with Jimi Hendrix and formed a band with which we played about 30 Hendrix songs, along with songs by Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Cream, Mountain, Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra—anything with heavy guitar in it. Along the line I began to play bass, too, which is an instrument I really enjoy and still play today.

New CD

My new live CD is called Live at North Star 2009 and was recorded at a club/restaurant in Pound Ridge NY called the North Star. We’d been playing there steadily for two years to really good crowds, and one of the owners, Phil Maniatty, is also a recording engineer. We’d begun work on a studio album with him, but we decided it would be faster to get a live album out. So he recorded us live on five different occasions, and we picked or favorite stuff for the record. The musicians on the CD along with me are Mike Dimeo (keys., voc.), Dennis Metzler (bass) and Vito Luizzi and Richard Rosch (drums; Vito is on 6 tracks and Rich is on 2). There are two original songs on the record--”Right By Your Side” and “Do You Have a Sister” and they both combine an R&B vibe with a harder-rocking style. Overall, the band plays with great improvisational interaction, which is showcased very well throughout all of the tracks.

Favorite Guitars

I only used one guitar on the album, my old 1961 all-original Stratocaster that I bought when I was 17. It’s a great sounding guitar that has been all over the world with me, and has been played by everyone from BB King to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and John Scofield. The amp is a 1967 “blackface” Fender Super Reverb, and in my pedal board I have a Teese RM4 wah, a TS-9, an OCD, an MXR Carbon Copy delay, a Lizard Leg Flying Dragon, and an Ultra-Vibe modulation pedal. Strings are D’Addario EXL 110s.

Musical Influences

Along with Jimi Hendrix, other favorite guitarists are Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Leslie West, Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Jimmy Bryant, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery....among others! Most influential albums would include everything by Jimi Hendrix, but especially Electric Ladyland, Jeff Beck’s Truth, Beck Ola, Blow by Blow and Wired, Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Inner Mounting Flame and Birds of Fire, everything from Pat Martino but especially Desperado, Live, Consciousness, El Hombre and We’ll Be Together Again, and Wes Montgomery’s Boss Guitar, Grooveyard and Live At The Half Note.

Upcoming Plans

I have two studio albums worth of material in the can that I need to finish as soon as possible, and I have some dates coming up opening for Johnny Winter and touring as a member of Dickey Betts and Great Southern. I’m looking to tour nationally with my own band.

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