Jonathon"Boogie"Long
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Jonathon"Boogie"Long

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States | SELF

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"Full-tilt Boogie (Guitar World Feature)"

Over the past five years, Guitar Center's annual nationwide search for the next great blues guitar player has evolved into the definitive shreddin' showdown. On September 6, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments once again showed its continuing support of aspiring musicians by declaring Jonathon"Boogie"Long as its new King of the Blues. Rising above thousands of other guitarists, Long, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, beat out five other finalists at the House of Blues in Hollywood, California, in front of a live audience and panel of celebrity judges, and shared the stage with the master jammer himself, Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes.
"Winning Guitar Center's King of the Blues is the most incredible feeling ever," says Long, who blew the doors off the joint with his punishing string bends and lightning-fast Albert King-style licks. "I actually have one of the old King of the Blues promotional banners on the wall above my bed, and I've been sleeping under it for three years. My bassist said some of it must have rubbed off on me. I'm so thankful that Guitar Center offers this kind of opportunity to an unsigned artist like me. It's just an unbelievable thing that they're doing, and I hope they keep doing it year after year."
As the new king, Long won $25,000, studio sessions with Grammy Award-winning producer Pete Anderson, and gear from Gibson, Epiphone, Egnater, Boss, and Ernie Ball.
Judges at the grand finals were Motley Crue's Mick Mars, Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino, Joe Bonamassa, Pete Anderson, Randy Scott (who won last year's King of the Blues contest), up-and-coming rocker Tyler Bryant and Guitar World editor-in-chief Brad Tolinski. "Every year I look forward to hearing the amazing talent that GC has discovered," Tolinski says. "Jonathon played his ass off. He was totally committed and in command, and his glowing white zoot suit wasn't bad either."
For those that wish to judge Long's chops for themselves, check out the winning performance at gc.guitarcenter.com/kingoftheblues - Guitar World


"Jonathon "Boogie" Long: The Pete Anderson Sessions - Guitar Center's 2011 King of the Blues Winner Announces First EP Release"

Jonathon "Boogie" Long Releases Three Original Blues Tunes, "Bad Karma," "The Dealer" and "Do Right Woman."

Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) November 06, 2011
Jonathon “Boogie” Long, this years’ winner of Guitar Center’s King of the Blues competition, is pleased to announce the release of his first EP, Jonathon “Boogie” Long:The Pete Anderson Sessions. The three original songs were produced at Little Dog Records’ Studio by Grammy Award winning producer/guitarist Pete Anderson. The recording and mixing time were a part of “Boogie’s” prize package for winning the fifth annual nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player.

The three cuts are “Bad Karma,” a punchy blues tune, “The Dealer,” a powerful ballad and “Do Right Woman” a groove to song. The band was Jesper Kristensen on drums, Mike Murphy on keyboards (REO Speedwagon’s “Ridin’ the Storm Out” vocalist) and Peter Freiberger on bass. The songs were Executive Produced by Pete Anderson, Engineered by Tony Rambo and Mixed by Sally Browder. The EP is now available on iTunes.

“Everything fell together in the sessions,” comments Jonathon. “It was like building a cake. I knew from the moment I walked in that everything was going to be really solid,” he continues. “After Pete helped me pick out the songs for the production, all I had to do was play and sing the blues,” he notes. “Feeling it in the moment is the blues and then you have to cry it out and that’s what happened in the studio,” he concludes.

Scheduled for next year, upcoming live concert performances include the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Ball at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, February 4, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival on Saturday, April 14, and the Jammin’ JC Blues and BBQ Festival in Junction City, Kansas on Saturday, September 29. Recently he appeared with Luther Kent and Trick Bag at the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival in New Orleans on October 16, at Baton Rouge’s International Heritage Celebration on October 23 and at the Baton Rouge State Fair on October 31. He also regularly appears, on Tuesday’s with his blues/soul trio The Blues Revolution with Zach Matchett on bass and Chad Solomon on drums at the Big Heads Tavern in Baton Rouge.

Jonathon “Boogie” Long describes himself as being born with the blues coursing through his veins. The Baton Rouge native started playing Gospel songs on guitar at the tender age of six, a natural thing as he was raised in a Southern Baptist community. By age eight he was taking lessons and at twelve, he was playing regularly in local blues clubs and at events. He got out of school at fourteen and toured fulltime, playing bass, with Henry Turner, Jr. and Flavor, from 2003 to 2005 on the Louisiana Legends Tour. Additional tours include Chris Duarte, Kenne Wayne and Tyree Neal on the Chitlin’ Circuit, as well as 2Hipnotic on the college circuit.


He has performed, for the last four years at Jazzfest with Luther Kent and Trick Bag and has shared the stage with luminaries that include Dr. John, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Monte Montgomery and Lou Marini and Steve Howard of the Blues Brothers Band, among others.

The Guitar Center’s King of the Blues finals were held on September 1, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Jonathan and five other finalists were selected from 4,000 entrants. The panel of judges for the live performances included Mick Mars of Motley Crue; band leader and musical director for “Conan” Jimmy Vivino; Brad Tolinsk, Editor and Chief of Guitar World Magazine; Randy Scott, last years’ winner; blues rock singers and guitarists Tyler Bryant and Joe Bonamassa; and Pete Anderson.

Prizes included $25,000 in cash, the aforementioned studio session with Pete Anderson, a Gibson Vintage Collectors Series Les Paul 1959 Reissue guitar, an Epiphone 1965 Elitist Casino guitar, Egnater Full Stack and 112 Combo Amp, Boss GT-10 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor, winner’s choice of two Boss Single Stomp Pedals, the Robert Johnson Complete Masters Centennial Edition Vinyl Box Set, Endorsement Deals with Gibson, Ernie Ball, Boss and Egnater and a feature article in Guitar World Magazine, which will be on the stands on November 7th.

For more information, please visit http://www.jonathonboogielong.com. - Written by:Marcia Groff(EMI) Published by Yahoo News


"Jonathon "Boogie" Long Crowned Guitar Center's King of the Blues, the Nation's Greatest Undiscovered Blues Guitar Player"

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Sept. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center (www.guitarcenter.com), the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, today announced that Baton Rouge, LA's own Jonathon "Boogie" Long has risen above thousands of other guitarists and been crowned the winner of its fifth annual King of the Blues (www.guitarcenter.com/kingoftheblues), the nationwide search for the next great undiscovered blues guitar player. Last week, Long beat out five other finalists at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges, and shared the stage with world-renowned guitarist Warren Haynes -- Grammy Award-winning member of Gov't Mule, the Allman Brothers Band and the Dead. As Guitar Center's King of the Blues, Long wins:

$25,000 Cash
Studio Session with Grammy Award-Winning Producer Pete Anderson
Gibson Vintage Collectors Series Les Paul 1959 Reissue
Epiphone 1965 Elitist Casino
Egnater Full Stack (Egnater Tweaker 88 Head plus Two 4x12 Vintage-30 Loaded Cabinets)
Egnater 112 Combo Amp
Boss GT-10 Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
Winner's Choice of 2 Boss Single Stomp Pedals
Robert Johnson Complete Masters, Centennial Edition Vinyl Box Set
Endorsement Deals from Gibson, Ernie Ball, Boss, and Egnater
Feature in Guitar World Magazine


Watch footage from the event here: http://bit.ly/GC_KingOfTheBlues_Video.

See photos from the event here: http://bit.ly/GC_KingOfTheBlues_Photos.

"Guitar Center annually celebrates the blues by giving aspiring musicians the chance to take their careers to the next level," said Maria Brown, manager of music and entertainment marketing at Guitar Center. "Jonathon 'Boogie' Long put on an incredible performance at the 2011 grand finals, he unquestionably earned the title of King of the Blues."

"Winning Guitar Center's King of the Blues is the most incredible feeling ever," says Long. "I actually have one of the old banners on the wall above my bed, and I've been sleeping under it for three years. My bass player said some of it must have rubbed off on me. I'm so thankful that Guitar Center offers this kind of opportunity to an unsigned artist like me, it's just an unbelievable thing that they're doing and I hope they keep doing it year after year."

Judges at Guitar Center's King of the Blues 2011 grand finals were:

Mick Mars (Motley Crue)
Jimmy Vivino (band leader/musical director for Conan)
Brad Tolinski (Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World Magazine)
Pete Anderson (Grammy-winning producer)
Randy Scott (2010 GC King of the Blues)
Tyler Bryant (blues rock singer/guitarist)
Joe Bonamassa (blues rock singer/guitarist)


Local King of the Blues competitions were held at Guitar Center locations nationwide, beginning May 5th. Each contestant was required to give a live guitar solo, performed over one of thirty original backing tracks developed by Grammy Award-winning producer/guitarist, Pete Anderson. One winner from each store was chosen to move up to district competitions (25 locations), and one winner was chosen from each district competition to compete in the regionally hosted semi-finals (5 locations). The success of 2009 champion, Kirby Kelley, is testimony to Guitar Center's support of aspiring artists and the success they can have, as after his win Kelley was selected to play at the Eric Clapton-curated Crossroads Guitar Festival, opening for a long list of legendary artists, including: ZZ Top; Steve Winwood; BB King; Jeff Beck; Vince Gill; Sheryl Crow; Buddy Guy, John Mayer and Clapton himself.

King of the Blues is one of many Guitar Center initiatives created to foster growth and success within the music community, including Your Next Record, On-Stage and Drum-Off competitions, among others.

About Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment. Our retail store subsidiary presently operates 220 Guitar Center stores across the U.S. We are also the largest direct response retailer of musical instruments in the United States through our wholly owned subsidiary, Musician's Friend, Inc., and its catalog and Web site, www.musiciansfriend.com. In addition, our Music & Arts division operates more than 100 stores specializing in band instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students. More information on Guitar Center can be found by visiting the Company's Web site at www.guitarcenter.com.

The Guitar Center logo is a registered trademark of Guitar Center, Inc. Other brand or product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

SOURCE Guitar Center - Source:Guitar Center,published by PRNewswire


Discography

"The Pete Anderson Sessions EP" 2011 Self-released

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Jonathon “Boogie” Long was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on September 15th, 1988 to Michael of Baton Rouge, Louisiana,and Tyronza Long of Greenville,Mississippi. He was born with the Blues coursing through his veins. He first picked up a Guitar when he was 6 years old and tried to play old Gospel songs due to the fact that he was brought up in a Southern Baptist Community. He started taking lessons at the age of 8 and from there everything just came so naturally. By the age of 12 he was playing out regularly at local blues clubs and events, and at the age of 14 he got out of school and started touring fulltime playing bass with Henry Turner Jr. He played on the Louisiana Legends Tour with Henry in 2003, 2004, and 2005, as well as other tours they were a part of in that 3 year period. He has also toured with Chris Duarte, Kenne Wayne and Tyree Neal on the Chitlin’ Circuit, 2Hipnotic on the college cover band circuit, and is currently playing with Big Luther Kent and his 12 piece Big Band, Trick Bag and performed at Jazzfest in 2008, 2009,2010,and 2011 with that group. He has shared the stage with artists such as Dr.John, Rockin’ Dopsie, Monte Montgomery, Lou Marini and Steve Howard of the Blues Brothers Band, Ellis Hall, Kenny Neal, Larry Garner, Henry Gray, Lil Ray Neal, and many others. He currently fronts his 3 piece Blues/Soul band, The Blues Revolution, and plays with Big Luther Kent when time allows. He also plays Bass on staff at Fellowship Church in Zachary, Louisiana. His powerhouse performance, smooth vocals, inspirational songwriting, and monster guitar playing make him a must see.In 2011 Jonathon”Boogie”Long won the Guitar Center King of the Blues guitar competition for #1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America and plans on being a pioneer for Blues music and it’s roots.

Equipment:

Gibson ES339 Custom Shop
Gibson ES335 Custom Shop
Gibson 1959 Reissue Les Paul VOS
Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic
Egnater Tourmaster 4100 Series Head & 4×12 Cab
Egnater Tweaker 40 Head & 2×12 Cab

Endorsements:
Gibson Guitars,Egnater Amps,Ernie Ball Strings,Boss Pedals,Presonus