Rockers of the world, today there is good news: the heroes are back! Rex Paul, long-time Nashville engineer, producer and session guitar player, has released his latest CD, Hero Shuffle, which includes monster solos from rock guitar giants Eric Johnson, Phil Keaggy and Dann Huff. Combined with Rex Paul's own tasty licks, this CD is stuffed to the gills with 14 cuts of pure fretboard magic that no rock 'n roll aficionado can afford to miss.
"I have come to believe that Rex Schnelle is one of the best guitarists around these days." Says guitar legend Phil Keaggy, "His versatility is obvious on his own and many other recordings he has lent his hands to. Be sure to listen to his latest CD. Great stuff!"
Virtuoso Eric Johnson believes, "Rex is a talented musician, not only with a fine guitar style, but as an accomplished singer and song writer as well."
And from legendary producer and shredmeister Dann Huff, "In essence, Rex is in total control of his instrument. Chops are not an issue – Rex has prowess and more. But in a day when people are willing to just 'put out music,' one is immediately aware that Rex's passion comes across strongly from the first note – there is no higher praise I can give."
The opening cut, Blue Sky Morning, will give listeners a taste of what's to come, moving from a monstrous wall-of-sound guitar grind to soaring vocals to Dann Huff's lightning-strike guest solo. The CD moves seamlessly from a wall of sound to the jazz-inspired, Roger Waters meets George Benson tone of the metropolitan Always Been Her, then marches forward to the jaw-dropping enfilade of Hero Shuffle, featuring both Eric Johnson and Phil Keaggy to compliment Rex's own barrage of string-stretching guitar artillery. Half the fun of listening is trying to figure out who is playing at any given time.
While the CD explores the outer limits of guitar artistry, it never forgets the craft of the song itself. Rex teams with veteran writers like Tom Douglas to provide a masterfully built foundation of songwriting on which Rex and his friends nail together a house of rock 'n roll magic. From the all-out attitude of Another Player In My Game to the sensuous and melodic Circle With No End, the lyrics match the intensity of the guitar licks by pushing both emotional and sonic boundaries. The auditory craftsmanship of this CD is truly inspiring.
Originally from Marble Falls, Texas , Rex has been in Nashville for 17 years and is currently a producer for Sony on Nashville's famous Music Row. Rex has worked with a diverse group of artists, such as Jon Bon Jovi, Jessica Simpson, Randy Bachman, Jack Blades, Waylon Jennings, Jim Brickman, Bill Anderson, Merle Haggard, Olivia Newton John, and producing and playing on thousands of recordings.
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