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2012 Los Angeles Guitar Festival: Aug. 24

2012 Los Angeles Guitar Festival Presented by Kala Koa Entertainment.  Eric Johnson's stature as one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music is his artistic trump card, backed by a Grammy Award and five nominations, platinum album, Top 10 hits like "Cliffs Of Dover," praise from critics and the esteem of his peers. Johnson's myriad and distinctive musical gifts are vividly evident on Johnson's aptly titled new album, Up Close, which finds the noted master craftsman cutting loose, roaming through variations on the rock, blues, pop, country and jazz all found at the core of his sound, pushing the dynamic range of his artistry, and mixing it up with such friends and peers as guitarists Jimmie Vaughan and Sonny Landreth and guest singers Steve Miller, Jonny Lang and Malford Milligan.

Guitar legend Albert Lee has been awarded 2 Grammys in his illustrious career: In 2002, Lee won Best Country Instrumental Performance for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" from the CD "Earl Scruggs and Friends" and again in 2009 for Best Country Instrumental Performance for the track "Clusterpluck" from Brad Paisley's album of the same name.

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