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The Grease Factor

by Shane Theriot

A heavy hitting dose of modern rock/jazz compositions mixed with equal doses of New Orleans funk from the re-knowned guitarist of the Neville Brothers. Featuring some of the funkiest musicians on the planet- including Victor Wooten, Russell Batiste
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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With this followup to the highly acclaimed debut "Hwy 90", Shane Theriot has raised the bar of modern funk/rock guitar. Packed with melodic but ripping solos and simply killer guitar tones, Theriot goes right for the throat on this one, hitting heavier than on Hwy 90, but with one foot still planted in his native Louisiana soil. Compositionally there is much here to latch on to and the tunes are driven home by an all-star cast.

The aptly named disc features on drums Jeff Sipe (Apt254Q), Jazz is Dead, Aquarium Rescue Unit), John Vidavocich(John Scofield, Astral Project), Russell Batiste (The Meters), David Northrup and Doug Belote. Bass- Adam Nitti (Dave Weckl), Victor Wooten, Tony Hall (Jewel, Emmylou Harris) and David Johnson. On keys Johnny Neel(Gov't Mule, Allman Bros.). On tuba, the amazing Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), trombone Mark Mullins, sax Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck), percussion Jim Roberts. Japanese vocalist Kiyoshi Tamai makes a guest appearance on one tune, rounding out an amazingly enjoyable listening experience.

Find out why people are saying that "Shane Theriot is an emerging talent with style and character by the bushel..."

Guitarist Shane Theriot, was born in La. in 1970. Originally from the New Orleans area, he now resides in both La. and Nashville where, in addition to his work with the world renowned Neville Brothers, he's busy in the recording scenes of both Nashville and New Orleans. Beginning guitar at age 9, Shane was exposed to many kinds of music in the area, from Cajun/Zydeco to Rock and Jazz. He performed his first "professional gig" at age 11, during the New Orleans World Fair. "My family was into music all the time. My aunt was a pianist with the New Orleans Symphony and my uncles all played guitar" he says.

Soon after graduating high school, Shane headed for the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he studied with such names as Joe DiOrio, Paul Gilbert and Scott Henderson (then with pianist Chick Corea), who would later recommend Shane for a teaching position at the Atlanta Institute of Music. He graduated from the Musicians Institute in 1990 with top honors in all styles. Only 3 students out of a class of 300 were granted this honor.

After teaching and performing local gigs for two years, Shane took the advice of fellow instructor/guitarist Jimmy Herring (Jazz is Dead, A.R.U., Phil Lesh & Friends) and moved to Nashville. Since moving to Nashville, Shane has performed and recorded with such artists as Joel Sonnier, Lee Greenwood, a compilation record for Schoolhouse Rock, former Allman Bros. keyboard man Johnny Neel, Crystal Taliefaro, Sam Moore (Sam and Dave) and done countless other jingles and demos, as well as a recent release by bassist Adam Nitti featuring Dave Weckl, Victor Wooten, and Joe Zawinul drummer Kirk Covington.
Shane has also written several instructional books and columns published in Guitar Player magazine and Guitar Nine. One of the more successful and well known of these is the instructional book/C.D. entitled "New Orleans Funk Guitar", available from Warner Bros. Publications.

Shane is proud of the amount of music and culture in New Orleans. "Growing up in the area,you take for granted the impact the music of South Louisiana has had. There's Funk, Dixieland, Blues, R&B, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco.

"Playing with the Neville Brothers has made me really value the music even more because they invented some of that stuff" he laughs. His solo record, Highway 90, features hometown rhythms and sounds, which he describes as "second-line grooves with a touch of Zydeco and burning guitar."

Being a member of the Neville Brothers band has proven to be a great education for Shane, musically and culturally. He met his wife Shiho, on a tour of Japan and has made many friends around the world. "No other session can give you the feeling of playing in a great band," he says. "For me the Neville Brothers gig is the best of both worlds- I get to go home and play great music. And for that I'm very grateful."


Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Jaco Pastorius, Scott Henderson, Dan Gilbert, Terry Bozzio, Aaron Copeland, Igor Stravinsky, Michael Brecker, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, etc.... "I've been influenced by and continue to be inspired by the above musicians, mostly guitarists, however, I always try to learn a little something from any type of music or playing situation. Reading Modern Drummer magazine is sometimes more inspiring to me than reading guitar magazines, because deep down I think I was meant to be a drummer. As far as drummers that inspire me, I've been blessed to have worked on various projects and gigs with Kenny Aronoff, Zigaboo Modeliste, Richie Hayward, Jeff Sipe, Willie Green, and Kirk Covington. These guys have all been helpful in inspiring me and making me more aware of different elements involved in a playing situation, be it a session or gig. Right now the guy I'd really like to work with on drums is Brian Blade. My friends Pat McDonald and David Northrup in Nashville always blow me away. And of course Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl are a total source of amazement and inspiration to me. There are way too many great drummers out there to list all of them."

"On bass the main guy would be Jaco - I must have read that book 'Jaco' about 3 times. I also love the playing of Victor Wooten, (he is a true professional- not to mention the "next Jaco", to me anyway) Adam Nitti, (amazing chops, tone and a nonstop commitment to improvement - also a great friend) Marcus Miller, Kim Stone - (another player who deserves more attention) and a lot of other guys-David Johnson from the Nevilles, Jeff Cox, David Hungate, and Willie Weeks in Nashville, whom I've had the honor of working with on recording projects."
"Michael Brecker is always a treat on the ears as well as an excellent guy to pick apart! I also dig Bob Berg and Coltrane too. Herbie Hancock, Alan Pasqua, Kenny Kirkland, Johnny Neel, Art Neville and Keith Jarrett are some of my favorites on keys - I also really enjoy the music of Wayne Shorter."

"I try to stay inspired every day but it can be hard to do. Sometimes a student suddenly grasping a scale or concept is a total inspiration. Sometimes just playing a guitar that I haven't picked up for a while is an inspiration. Woody Allen movies are a total source of inspiration (don't ask me why!) And as corny as it may sound, I love the rain in New Orleans. That is a total inspiration to me. It's like no other place that I've been. "


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Derrick Buckingham

This CD is Da Bomb!!
I'm so glad I purchased this CD. Shane's songwriting skills, as well as his playing ability are tremendous. It sounds like he has fused the stylings of BB King, Robben Ford, Frank Gambale, and Eric Clapton into a big old pot of New Orleans stew. His tones are hot, cool, rich and diverse. His chops are nothing short of lethal. Outstanding! My only regret is that he didnt give us a full version of that acoustic cut at the end of the CD. If he ever comes to Chicago, I'm going to check him out!!


None Better...Shane's the MAN!
If the rain in New Orleans is one of Shane's musical inspirations...please let his music pour down on me!...The Grease Factor refuses to exit my CD player, and when the CD is playing...I refuse to leave!...What a monumental record; painted beautifully with broad watercolors and exquisite acrylic detail...Shane is an official Guitar GOD! THAT'S the way a strat should SOUND! Thank you for this beautiful recording, guys; when's the next excursion into the swamp?

EER Reviews

Theriot is pressing hard at the gates of the world class arena with this release
Shane Theriot: The Grease Factor
2003, Shose Records 1970-66

Shane Theriot follows up his debut release, Highway 90, with his second album, The Grease Factor, that cranks it up a notch from his original release. Theriot adds a slew of veteran progressive / fusion talent to the lineup for this release including Victor Wooten, Jeff Sipe, and Jeff Coffin, among others. Shane reembarks on his stylistic venture into his unique brand of New Orleans cajun fusion, this time with more aggressive, fusion-ish playing and speedy segments than his previous effort. Theriot's most significant accomplishment on this CD is his establishment of a distinctively unique style of music that distinguishes him clearly from other artists. Theriot's blend of his native Louisiana musical stylisms, classic jazz harmonization, and tasteful fusion are integrated with a seamless ease that gives the listener the a sense of natural familiarity with this unusual style.

Though the music is upbeat and lively, the style is laid back and inviting more than aggressive. The arrangements have a classic feel to them with the tactful chord progressions, enlightening musical themes, and jazzy phrasings that keep the music constantly moving and interesting. The tonality and rhythms are interesting and involved, but keep within accessible boundaries without going astray into the far reaches of abstract outer space. Theriot deploys some compelling outside runs and themes from exotic jazz scales that are gracefully woven into his widely scoped arrangements. Theriot's leadwork is also tactful with an emphasis on its place in the overall soundscape rather than guitar domination of the sonic constituency. Theriot strikes an interesting balance between his savvy guitar work and the host of supporting players offer an excellent canvas for Theriot. But, fusion fans of the guitar-centric variety need not worry, because there is plenty of quality guitar work put forth by Theriot to makes for an enjoyable and entertaining listen. Neel's keyboard work is also notable throughout with a consistent, well-integrated effort that provides a satisfying contrast to Theriot.

If you are a fan of tactful fusion that strives to capture the listener's attention and imagination with thoughtful, tasty playing rather than to enslave the listener with an onslaught of overwhelming instrumental pyrotechnics, then Shane Theriot's release, The Grease Factor, is something worth checking out. Theriot has achieved an excellent balance between diverse listener accessibility, compositional savvy, flavorful stylisms, savory musical ideas, and well-integrated production on this release. Theriot's sense for musical style will undoubtedly make this album accessible to a wide audience that will not be limited to fusion fans because Theriot targets the listeners moreso than the technicians, and with good results. But, educated listeners will certainly appreciate Theriot's musical depth and the manner in which he adapts it to a universally accessible format while keeping consistent musical intensity that hits a good groove track after track. Theriot has produced a superb album for enjoyable listening while giving enough substance for the guitar technicianry dogs to knaw on for a long time while pondering the duality of his musicality and technicianry.

Theriot is pressing hard at the gates of the world class arena with this release. Stylistically, it seems Theriot has distinguished himself as a world class player and jazz / fusion composer on this release that reinforces his abilities that he demonstrated no Highway 90.

Mr J Westcott

what a guitarist.
this is one hell of a album. its got the lot for me.brilliant! joe uk

Mike C.

Shane is the Great White Hope for tomorrow's music.
This CD is kick-ass. Shane is a humble, great guy, and a great guitarist. This CD shows off his best assets as a guitarist. This CD is a must-have.


Very good fusion rock/jazz feel!
After hearing Shane play on Adam Nitti's CD, I got this one and was not let down. Some great fusion rock, superb harmonies with the bass and sax, and others. Terrific CD!!

Clay Lowder

Stellar performance, a lot of fun
Great guitar work and musicianship,cool drumming, funky tuba, nice variety of songs and grooves, a lot of fun!!!!!!!!!!


Loose and funky with great feel...
Great sound! Funny tunes and musicians playing there asses off.Specially on the groovie and funkey ones.More funky New Orleans grooves for the next Cd.The minor11 fusion is my only?

Corky Newman

My favorite guitar player out there.
The best grooves & feel in all of guitar land folks. This cat can burn or play with a super nice touch. The backing band is world class. This CD along with HW90 are the most played CD's in my house. BUY THIS CD IF YA WANNA GROOVE...


HI FROM GERMANY,I really liked this C.D very much.Like to give 5 STARS.The best Christmas gift Fuison-Music lovers.
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