t all started in Albuquerque, New Mexico when Frank Hannon judged a “Guitar Contest” put on by 94 ROCK and discovered the talents of guitarist Mike Araiza. The winner’s prize was jamming onstage with TESLA and little did Mike know that 5 years later he would be collaborating on what would become one of musics most guitar-driven albums in a generation. Mike Araiza and vocalist Jeff Sandoval came to Frank Hannon with some small seeds of song ideas to record in his RedHawk Records studio and the three of them teamed up to write 12 songs of GREAT Rock-N-Roll music! They set out to recruit some of histories top LEGENDARY guitarists to join them and create the sound of the SIX-STRING SOLDIERS!
THE SIX-STRING SOLDIERS
Multi-platnium selling guitarist Frank Hannon rose to fame as one of the founding members and lead guitarists of TESLA. Frank brings over 25 years of recording expertise in his latest solo album “Six-String Soldiers
The incredibly talented guitarist / song writer Mike Araiza delivers and epic solo on “Love, Life and Beauty
” which perfectly compliments the passion of his longtime friend and co-writer, vocalist Jeff Sandoval.
As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Dickey has become an American icon with his song “Ramblin’ Man”. His guitar on “Touch the Ground
” shows us why Dickey is a true living legend.
With classics like “Mean Streak” and “Black Tiger” Y&T’s Dave Meniketti has solidified his spot in music history as one of the best face-melting guitarists ever, as heard on “Lipstick, Smoke -N- Gasoline
The 3 time Grammy Award winner is the very definition of a “Six-String Soldier”. Opening for the Rolling Stones in 1966 he went on to record the classic “Rock n Roll, Hoochi Coo”, and most recently “To the Light
Inspired by Hendrix, Clapton and Page, Pat picked up the guitar at age 12. He went on to record the classic “Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)”. Pat graciously added his killer bluesy-guitar vibe to the hit “I’m Alive
Jeffery Allen Sandoval was born on May 2nd, 1969 in Kingman, Kansas. At a very young age, Sandoval became fascinated with the drums. His father suggested that he play an instrument that he could afford, which led him to singing. He would emulate artists playing on the radio or turntable and began harmonizing with each song. Sandoval’s childhood influences included Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Paul Rodgers, Lou Graham, Brad Delp, Sammy Hagar, Steve Marriott… continue
Earthshaking, Face-melting…100% Pure ROCK-N-ROLL!!!
Frank Hannon, Mike Araiza and Jeff Sandoval have created what is quickly being regarded as one of the most impressive unabashed tributes to the importance of the guitar in Rock-n-Roll music in generations. ‘Six-String Soldiers’ is a full length disc of 12 solidly written songs backed by the musicianship of legendary guitarists Dickey Betts (‘Ramblin’ Man), 3-time Grammy Award winner Rick Derringer (Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo), Pat Travers (Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights) and Y&T founder Dave Meniketti. Joined by New Mexico’s Mike Araiza and fronted by the soulful voice of Jeff Sandoval, Frank has assembled an army of talent that is rarely seen on a single album these days. This album reminds us of a time in America when soon to be classic songs blasted from the radios of the newest muscle cars, guitar-driven songs topped the charts and freedom was in the air.
“I’m Alive” opens with a bang highlighted by the bluesy guitar of Pat Travers. Outstanding vocals and songwriting bring an uplifting message that will become an anthem for anyone that has suffered pain and heart-ache yet managed to survived!
“Lipstick, Smoke -N- Gasoline” is an instant favorite! The first note starts with an infectious groove that carries to the end. Frank and Mike deliver some great head-banging riffs as Dave Meniketti brings a truly face-melting guitar solo.
You may have not heard Jeff Sandoval before, but that is quickly going to change with “Cross Your Mind” and “Love, Life and Beauty”. Jeff’s vocals bring these songs a heartfelt honesty to them that is sadly missing in most of todays popular music. He brings both songs to a triumphant conclusion giving them all the strengths of true classics, keep an eye on both of these!
The life of a professional musician is beautifully conveyed in “Touch the Ground”. Guitar legend Dickey Betts’ decades of traveling from town-to-town, gig-to-gig comes thru brilliantly in his unmatched signature style making it an absolute must have.
The great Rick Derringer himself makes “To the Light” absolutely shine on this album! His guitar work reminds us why he is a true master and guitar icon!
Frank Hannon has joined forces with some true veterans and introduces us to some new talent as well. “Redemption” is a fantastic song of salvation. Backing Jeff up on vocals from behind the drums is none other than Cortney DeAugustine!
Closing out ‘Six-String Soldiers’ a great little instrumental by Frank titled “12.21″…if the world does come to an end, make sure you have ‘Six-String Soldiers’ on your side!