Jared has been a side guy in Atlanta for various singer/songwriters over the past 7 years. Since 2013, he's been with fellow CAST artist, Hunter Callahan. Based in the southside of Georgia; they can be seen frequenting the Atlanta music scene. He is also active in the praise and worship community, playing in various churches around town. Beyond that, Jared is a gear and tone hound, with a love for guitar pedals. Please check out the current happenings with Jared and make sure to catch a show and talk gear and tone with him!
Jared Koenig- Jared's Facebook
Nick Johnson- Nick's Facebook
Please welcome Mr Nick Johnson to the family of CAST Engineering artists. Nick is a well accomplished guitarist living in Atlanta, GA. He's currently touring with Randall Bramblett (Allman Brothers, Govt Mule, Steve Winwood, Widespread Panic, etc.) and also has a side project with a few other CAST Engineering artists. Please stay current with Nick and where you can catch him playing
Matt grew up surrounded by music in Griffin, Georgia. Once he learned to play the guitar as a kid, he hit the ground running. With musical influences like Conway Twitty, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, McDaniel has come up with his own flare when it comes to performing. Now after almost of year of playing with Drake White, he has grown to love the fact that anything can happen while on the road. “You can find excitement and adventure in even the worst of situations,” McDaniel said.
Take a moment and check out Drake White and The Big Fire. They will be on tour with the Zac Brown Band this summer and will be coming to a city near you.
Matt McDaniel - www.drakewhite.com
Sean Michelsen is an American artist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He is known for using heavily effected guitar tones and textures in his musical groups ( Alchemy, The Reptile Room ) as well as integrating progressive sound design with traditional recording styles. His music has been featured in Sony Television's "POWERS", the ADG's "Rock n Roll Salvation" series, web casts "Dirty Diana" & "Margo and the Universe", and is currently in rotation on multiple Southeastern radio stations. Stay current with Sean and Alchemy by visiting
Sean Michelson - www.alchemyrock.us
Sister Hazel is an alternative rock band from Gainesville, Florida, whose style also blends elements of folk rock, pop, classic rock 'n' roll and southern rock. Their music is characterized by highly melodic tunes and prominent harmonies. Most of their songs have optimistic lyrics. The band's instrumentation often features abrupt shifts among electric, acoustic and a cappella, with striking use oftacets. Though often described as alternative, Sister Hazel leans toward an upbeat sound and away from the clashing punkdiscordance often associated with the alternative rock genre. There have been no changes to the band's main line-up after over 20 years, although Dave LaGrande has been touring with them since 2012.
Ryan Newell - www.sisterhazel.com
DAYSHAWNx, an Atlanta-based, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, is set to release his first rock/soul album, “27.” The visual for his latest hit single "Change the World" was featured on Afropunk.com and described by AFROPUNK contributor Erin White as “a perfectly understated mixture of rootsy blues, gospel, soul, and rock-n-roll, tossed in a blender and served on top of buttery vocals.”
DAYSHAWNx moved to Atlanta in 2013. He has been featured on Atlanta & Co, Atlanta Plugged In, and performed in such mainstays of the city’s musical scenes as The Apache Cafe, Eddie's Attic, Terminal West, Smith's Olde Bar, Vinyl, Tin Roof ATL, Dogwood Fest, SUMMERFEST, Sandy Springs Festival, Wednesday Window.
Born and raised in upstate New York DAYSHAWNx discovered his calling at the age of three singing in his church’s gospel choir and soon became youngest member of the University at Albany’s gospel choir. He served as one of the musical directors of the Northway Church. In 2006 he was personally invited by the GRAMMY organization to attend its Los Angles camp. Not only did he compete on the Apollo Theatre stage, DAYSHAWNx was brought back in 2008 as a special guest performer with his then band, HHSDB!
DAYSHAWNx has performed, toured and written with many of today's rising stars including Raury & India Shawn(The Crystal Express Tour), Mali Music, Jimi Cravity, The Band of Brothers, Brik Liam, and now set to tour with Ruth B starting September 2016 to support her EP, The Intro!
Justin Dale- Justin's Facebook
Justin is an accomplished musician residing in Atlanta, GA. Having played with varieties of musicians, Justin has toured all over the country and had a brief tour in China. When he's not playing, he's recording bands and artists in his studio in Stockbridge, GA. Currently he is playing guitar with Brit La Palm and the Barrel Fever.
Please check out - www.britlapalm.com
Les Cooper is a Juno award winning Producer, Arranger, Multi-instrumentalist and Songwriter from the Greater Toronto Area. his compositions and productions have been featured on television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, The L Word, Fringe and One Tree Hill. His productions have won several awards including a recent Juno for "The Good Lovelies" most recent album and several Juno nominations for other projects. He has received critical acclaim across North America, Europe and Australia. Recently, Les has been getting quite a bit of attention for his arranging and orchestration skills. He has composed commissions for Symphony Nova Scotia as well as several works for Canadian artists such as Jill Barber, Andy Stochansky, Craig Cardiff, Meaghan Smith and David Myles. His arrangements have frequently been compared to great arrangers of the past such as Nelson Riddle and Duke Ellington, earning him a reputation as a composer with a classic and timeless sound.
Les Cooper - Les' Instagram
The legendary guitarist and co-founding member of Collective Soul, hails from Stockbridge, Georgia. As lead guitarist for Collective Soul, Childress' inovative guitar work was heard by millions of fans from around the globe. From 1994 to 2001 Collective Soul received more airtime on the radio than any other band of its era including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, R.E.M. and Oasis. Childress is considered a pioneer of the alternative rock genre through his indelible work with Collective Soul, which charted an astounding seven No. 1 radio hits (“Shine,” “The World I Know,” “December,” “Gel,” “Where The River Flows,” “Heavy” and “Run”) as well as 19 Top 40 songs from 1994 to 2001. In 2009, Childress became a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Currently Ross has his solo album out.
Ross Childress - www.rosschildress.com
At the age of 14, Hunter Callahan first picked up the guitar because he wanted to sound like Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC. “I wanted to be Slash. Probably just about every high school kid with a guitar wants to be in a rock band at some time or another,” states the singer. Two years later, Hunter joined a Southern rock and country band with his older brother. Playing with this group changed the direction of his music, so around the age of 17, Hunter found his niche as a guitarist in a genre of music that was all but dead and gone: The Blues.
“The great thing about Blues music is that it’s so wide open. As a musician, you can say so much while keeping it so incredibly simple.” Drawing influence from artists like B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hunter worked towards being a master of the guitar.
Jacob Bryant grew up in Jasper, Georgia and at age 14 began to write songs. Soon he found himself fronting bands playing local social events and churches. Eventually he was awarded the Georgia Country & Gospel Music Association’s Best Male Vocalist, Entertainer of the Year, and Songwriter of the year awards. He also received the North American Country Music Association’s, International Male Vocalist of the Year award. With his success came opportunities and at the age of 19, he formed Jacob Bryant & 151, becoming the house band at Cowboy’s, one of Atlanta’s best known country venues.
In 2014 Jacob released his self-titled EP and began touring the southeast and parts of the mid-west to expand his fan base and growing list of supporters. Releasing THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD, his second EP, Jacob is quickly turning heads and further developing his signature country voice and southern rock sound.
Jacob Bryant - www.jacobbryantmusic.com
Prince Azariyah - Prince's Facebook
Prince Azariyah began playing guitar at the age of 6 and discovered a natural attraction to his dads record collection, which developed his ear by listening to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton, Chicago, and many others. By the ago of 9, Azariyah was performing with a local church, and there he met a great musician who began to mentor him in the study of music. After school, Azariyah began to travel and perform with singers and musicians of different styles, and had the opportunity to tour with American Idol Star, Ruben Studdard. In 2015 Azariyah met his life long teacher, George Benson, and was able to get some advice that would change his musical life forever. Now adjusting his focus on broadening his music career by moving in the direction of rock and blues, with a blend of jazz. Azariyah says, after stumbling across CAST Engineering pedals, "These pedals have expanded the way that I hear music, and the possibilities associated with music." Steve and the team over at CAST Engineering have created great products that will help every guitar player express themselves in a more creative way
"Jon Gasque started his love for music at the age of 11 with the Tenor Saxophone. He started playing guitar one year later and realized that jazz and r&b was his "pocket". From Charlie Parker to Eric Johnson, Jon became engulfed in strange sounding chords and melodies and sought after knowing how they work from the inside and out. This led to him attending the Atlanta Institute of Music for two years where he delved further into theory and the complexity of music. Jon moved to east Atlanta in early 2016 and has sense involved himself with session work and teaching lessons"
Jon Gasque- Jon's Facebook
Joshua Ray Gooch- www.joshuaraygooch.com
Joshua Ray Gooch is a guitarist, songwriter, producer, educator and clinician. He has toured the world with the likes of Shania Twain, Koshi Inaba and Beth Hart. He has recorded with Grammy winning producers Ross Hogarth, Don Gehman and Johnny Sandlin. Joshua has worked as an educator and international clinician for Yamaha Guitar Corporation, Rivera Amplification and Hal Leonard, as well as writing a monthly column in Premier Guitar magazine. Joshua was featured in Koshi Inaba’s-En II: Live at Budokan and Shania Twain’s-Still the One: Live in Vegas, for which he co-wrote the song “Red Storm.” Joshua has also worked with a variety of TV shows. He was in the house band for both America’s Got Talent and Glee, as well as performing as a “stunt” guitarist, songwriter and session guitarist on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Josh U. Greco- www.wearegreco.com
Born in the north, raised in the south, Josh U. Greco began his musical career at the age of twelve after his father gave him a copy of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. After being mesmerized by the incredible work of Jimmy Page, Josh quickly realized playing guitar was what he wanted to do. From there on, Josh discovered many of Page's colleagues including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, and George Harrison citing them all as major influences. Today, Josh lives in Atlanta where he plays in Greco with his three other brothers currently working on the release of their next EP.
Kirk Green is an award winning bassist, composer and film maker. He has produced and starred in commercials for radio and television, scored music for an award winning documentary, and was recently nominated for a grammy for a double platinum single for the artist Ricky Martin. His musical journeys have taken him all over the world as he was the bassist for recording artist Joss Stone, and the musical director for songstress Lauryn Hill. His latest work is with renowned producer Jim Jonsin through the Interscope label and Rebel Rock Music Group
Kirk Green- www.kirkagreen.com
Billy Grey - www.fozzyrocks.com
Billy grew up in Charlotte, NC and currently calls Atlanta, GA home. He began playing guitar in his teens after being influenced by Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen and Lindsey Buckingham. He counts Dimebag Darryl and Tom Morello as recent inspirations. Billys recording career began in 1998 with his trio Method 51. In 2002, he joined Fozzy during the Happenstance tour, doing shows in the US and Europe. Later he became a member of Soundevice, which later became Love Said No, with Frank Fontsere on drums. In 2009 Billy formed Dangerous New Machine, whose single Skeletons, garnered rotation on multiple stations and satellite radio throughout the U.S. Billy re-joined Fozzy in 2010 for the Chasing The Grail tour and has become a permanent member and integral part of Fozzys sound.
Gringo Star - www.gringostar.net
Gringo Star are insouciant explorers, tossing the paddles overboard and drifting on the currents of their lackadaisical curiosity across a rippling sonic ocean, out to the far edges of rock & roll. Shots pulsing from a vintage Leslie speaker, their guitars, keys and vocals create the psychoactive ingredients of their echo-slathered, doo-wop-indebted indie gems; psychedelic garage bangers, gritty R&B shuffles and spaghetti-western weirdness. Taking cues from Santo & Johnny, The Stooges, Ritchie Valens, Marc Bolan, Percy Faith, Sam Cooke, the men working on the chain gang—uh! ah!—they’re all here, their electric ghosts reaching across time, tapping Gringo Star on the shoulder like the crossroads devil to Robert Johnson, bestowing secrets, passing torches.
Chris "Kingfish" Ingram - www.christonekingfishingram.com
At the tender age of 6, Kingfish began playing the drums. Three years later at the age of 9, he took up the bass guitar. At the age of 11, he began playing lead guitar. By the age of 14, he had mastered all three instruments and has added vocals to his ever growing list of talents. Kingfish's guitar influences run the gamut of the Blues from the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin' Hopkins to the electric Blues of B.B. King, Albert King, Big Jack Johnson, Albert Collins, Freddie King, Lefty Dizz, Lucky Peterson, Little Jimmy King and Buddy Guy to the Blues Rock of Lance Lopez, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Gales, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Allman Brothers, Jonny Lang, Steve Marriott, Prince, Michael Burks and so many others. Surprisingly at such a young age, he can play just like his idols and mentors and possesses the additional ability to create a Blues sound entirely his own. It is refreshing to see a young person return to his musical roots and master a genre of music that was created and was popular even before his grandparents’ generation and renew its popularity by breathing new life into the music.
Cole Phillips is a 22 year old guitarist and singer/songwriter hailing from Nashville, TN. Growing up in Nashville, music became second nature and he began playing in clubs on Broadway when he was 14. After a short stint in college, he decided to make music his career and never looked back. He is currently playing for Colt Ford, and has toured/recorded Trailer Choir, Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Gracin, Canaan Smith, and many others. Make sure to catch Colt Ford on tour this summer with Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore.
Cole Phillips - www.coltford.com
Barry Richman - www.barryrichman.com
Barry Richman, an Atlanta transplant from the Big Apple, can be seen performing his psychedelic blend of original music all over the Southeast. Traveling from one venue to the next festival or concert, leaving a following of fans and a crowd of locals hypnotized, mesmerized, and in awe with the lull of his melodious free sounding, rockin' guitar..."sounds that make your blood start to flow". Barry has shared the stage and studio with some of the greats like, Eric Johnson, The Allman Brothers, Govt Mule, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek Trucks, John Lee Hooker, Steve Morse, Roy Buchannan, Buddy Miles, Jimmy Herring, Chuck Leavell, Sonny Landreth, and so many more.
Vee's blasé attitude is right in line with the punk rock ethos that has always guided both her life and music. Though she grew up in a "strict Catholic household," Vee became a Goth, dyed her hair "every color of the rainbow," and went vegetarian — and later, vegan — at a young age. She taught herself how to play guitar simply by listening to albums from Hole, The Cure, and Jane's Addiction, and to this day, cannot read music. As a teenager, she dropped out of high school and moved to England because that's where "all [her] favorite bands were from." When she returned to Canada in her late teens, she formed a rock band called Tuuli and recorded a full-length album and EP. Over the next few years, through her own hustling and hard work, she wrote songs for a Comedy Central series and got a handful of tracks used on a Canadian cartoon show, as well as the hit teen drama television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Jennie Vee - Jennie's Website
For 26 years, Francisco Vidal has been a pillar in the music scene in Atlanta, Georgia. Francisco has opened for Lynrd Skynrd, Edwin McCain, Sister Hazel, Kenny Loggins, Hall and Oates, John Mayer, and numerous other nationally known acts. He has travelled with the Rock Boat Cruise to perform for an international audience as a band and a solo performer. He has also produced, written, and recorded 4 CD's, as well as credited for studio work on multiple recordings. Francisco also works in artist development having worked with acts such as Nick Cowan (Niko Moon) who has written for Zac Brown Band. Francisco Vidal is a booking agent working with multiple venue’s and artists to create a vibrant live music scene.
Francisco Vidal - www.franciscovidalband.com
Allen Vega- www.allenacevega.com
Allen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and first started playing guitar at age 15. As a teen, Allen was greatly influenced by his musically talented family, which includes his uncle, Grammy winner, Gold album recipient and West Coast Blues Hall of Fame inductee (Guitarist) David "Dynamite" Vega of Graham Central Station fame. Soon Allen developed a powerful blues guitar style and his passion for the blues proved too powerful for him to hold back. Recently Vega has formed a powerful cast of musicians portraying Allen's excitement for the blues, bringing back energy and tunes that have not been played for years. Allen is looking to soon release his second album featuring Vega's long love for the blues. Soon Allen will once again be expanding his playground to include the States, Canada, Europe and wherever Blues Festivals may lead him
Jerry Walker - Jerry's Facebook
Jerry is based out of Griffin, GA. His influences span from Merle Haggard to The Smiths to The Misfits with pinches of New Order, Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Replacements, Jerry Walker's music has the ability to reference a multitude of influences while remaining completely original. Take a moment and check his music out!
Mike Zito - www.mikezito.com
Mike Zito is one of those rare artist that can sing like nobody’s business, can write songs that instantly grip you, play one hell of a mean Gulf Coast style guitar and has the stage presence to draw in any audience. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO he grew up listening to Van Halen and Led Zepplin and it wasn’t until later he became interested in the great blues men who were from in and around St. Louis. On his 2011 Blue Music Award nominated CD Delta Groove release “Greyhound” he tells the rest of the story of how things could have been much different. He lived a rugged life much like many great musician endings while his beginning had not yet begun. Homeless, addiction, living the life of a criminal Zito had reached his rock bottom before cleaning up and ending up in Texas to live a sober life still today. It would be fair to say that is the time he draws from that creates all the emotion in his guitar style and singing. In 2009 Zito and Neville won the Blues Music award for “Song of the Year” for “Pearl River” the title track to Zito’s 2009 release. Zito comes armed with raw tone and pure grit that he can turn on a dime into silky smooth guitar melodies but it is the aged depth to his vocal that make Mike Zito stand out.
ROYAL THUNDER are a four-piece rock band based out of Atlanta, Georgia that seamlessly blend the elements of heavy classic rock, 90's grunge, and forward-thinking progressive rock. Propelled by the powerfully emotional voice of frontwoman Mlny Parsonz, the guitar heroics of Josh Weaver, and the dynamic drums of Evan Diprima, ROYAL THUNDER have been described by NPR as “a revved-up Southern hard-rock that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn” and as "magnificently compelling rock music" by Decibel Magazine. Formed in 2004 by Weaver, his brother, and his best friend, the band went through several lineup changes over the years before settling on their current lineup, which also incorporated second guitarist Will Fiore as of 2015. Since October 2012, the band have been heavily touring the world, including full North American and European Tours with Baroness as well as prominent US tours alongside Monster Magnet, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Pallbearer, Enslaved, Corrosion of Conformity, O'Brother and many more. The group have also played high-profile festivals including SXSW, Bonnaroo, Scion Rock Fest, Bragg Jam, Roadburn, and numerous others. Though they’ve been around for ten years, ROYAL THUNDER seem to have only just hit their stride – the future stands to be even more uproarious than the band’s exciting early development.
Josh Weaver - royalthunder.bandcamp.com
Jarrett Johnson - www.jacobbryant.com
Jarrett Johnson is a guitarist residing in Jasper, Ga. He picked up the guitar at the age of ten in a family of bluegrass pickers. That all changed the momemt he found old Skynyrd and Allman Bros. records of his dads. Playing all styles from prog rock to country he enjoys all types of music. Jarrett has toured extensively over the past 12 years and shared the stage with some greats. Check him out on tour with Jacob Bryant where they met 5 years ago in the house band at Cowboys Kennesaw.
Spencer Bassett - Spencer's Facebook
Spencer Bassett, better known as "Spanky Dynamite" in the music world, is an established guitar player in the live and studio world. Currently he is on tour with Colt Ford providing stage left guitar skills and background vocals. He has had an impressive musical career and is endorsed by Suhr Guitars. Spanky resides in Nashville, TN.