Koch-Marshall Trio, consists of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son Dylan Koch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio is a blues sensibility – but Koch’s compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and country served up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose of humor and occasional wild abandon.
Milwaukee native Greg Koch has forged a successful career as a guitar player’s guitarist. He has been called “fiendishly talented” by author and former editor- in-chief of Guitar Player Magazine Tom Wheeler and “scary good” by guitar phenom Joe Bonamassa. In addition to his 15 releases on multiple record labels which feature his unique take on a variety of American guitar styles and his versatile compositions, Koch is widely known for his lengthy tenure as an international ambassador for Fender Guitars which listed him in their “Top Ten Unsung Guitarists” on Fender.com
Greg’s latest original music outlet, The Koch-Marshall Trio, is perhaps the best vehicle yet to convey his bold improvisational explorations and ever increasing arsenal of original material. The trio blends the explosive guitar manipulations of Greg, the groove-centric, power-pocket playing of his son Dylan on drums (who share many telepathic musical moments) and the glorious, Hammond organ stylings of the uber-talented Toby Marshall, Greg’s compositions are properly portrayed in the blues drenched, funk, chicken-fried, gospelly, jazz-rock panorama in which they were conceived.
“Koch Marshall Trio is a sublime collaboration between three finely in sync musicians that are simply on another level.”
About Ali Handal
“Ali Handal’s reputation has centered around her big riffs, burning yet melodic solos, and huge voice”
~ Guitar Player Magazine
“A triumph… From the first measure of the rocking “You Get What You Settle For,” you know you’re in good hands.”
~ Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine
“Chock full of cleverly crafted lyrics and catchy hooks, Handal doesn’t skimp in the killer guitar performance department.”
~ Guitar World
Lead guitarist & singer-songwriter Ali Handal sets the stage ablaze with fiery guitar passages and soulful lyrics delivered by her powerhouse voice.
Vintage Guitar magazine describes Ali as a “devilishly witty songwriter whose guitar is as blue and gutsy as her lyrics.” When asked about her music and stage presence, fans simply say “badass.”
Onstage and on record, Ali oozes an empowered female sexuality that is reflected in her lyrics, as well as the swagger of her songwriting and guitar playing. She has earned raves from GuitarPlayer, American Songwriter, Guitar World, and Vintage Guitar magazines. She’s cracked the Billboard album charts, and toured Australia, Japan and beyond. Ali has sung backup for Neil Young, and has been songwriting legend Paul Williams’s featured vocalist. She’s had her songs featured in numerous films and hit TV shows.
She was asked to write Hal Leonard’s guitar method Guitar for Girls,a book + audio brimming with encouraging pointers, as well as uplifting quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres. Ali is also known for her role as lead guitarist in the all-female Aerosmith tribute RagDolls, playing note-for-note renditions of Joe Perry’s iconic but elusive solos.
Ali has released four albums, as well as a series of singles from her forthcoming album Slow Burn. Her song “Shut Your Mouth and Do Something” was chosen for Spotify’s “Nu-Blues” & “Women of the Blues” playlists, as well as Joe Bonamassa’s “Cutting Edge Blues” Spotify playlist. Slow Burn is due to be released in early 2024, produced by Ali’s long-time collaborator and four-time Grammy Award winner Seth Atkins Horan.
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