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Music Releases (more headlines) 02-18-2011

BROCK JOHNSTON CRAFTS WORLD-CLASS GUITARS FOR RONNIE MONTROSE & T. MICHAEL RIDDLE

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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - February 18, 2011: Master luthier Brock Johnston wields formidable skills in crafting custom guitars. He has recently started making a name for himself and his company - Brock Acoustics - in the music industry. Endorsers of Brock Acoustics include rock legend Ronnie Montrose and guitarist T. Michael Riddle.

Considered a legendary household name in the music industry, Montrose reigns as one of rock's most innovative guitarists. He is known for his namesake band Montrose, with Sammy Hagar as lead singer, and his later project, Gamma. Ronnie was formerly guitarist for '70s phenomenon the Edgar Winter Group. He also played on Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey and Gary Wright's Dream Weaver, and for many other world-famous musicians.

Ronnie met Brock through a mutual friend. Johnston was asked to create Montrose a guitar-banjo - a six-stringed banjo that gives a different sound than the traditional four- or five-stringed country and bluegrass instrument. But once Ronnie saw Brock's guitars, he wanted one for himself. "I was absolutely blown away - floored - by the wonderful craftsmanship. There are a handful of great luthiers around the world creating perfect instruments. Brock is one of them." Johnston learned his skills from the world-famous, Serbian-born master luthier Bozo Podunavac.

Ronnie brought a few of Brock's guitars to show his long-time friend T. Michael Riddle. Riddle was formerly the guitarist for '80s "locomotive rock" band Valhalla and its later incarnation, Forge. He is currently working on a new project, MAXX12. Raw, the soon-to-be-released debut album by MAXX12, will be produced by Montrose.

Riddle noted that all the Brock instruments he saw were works of art. He says, "Brock's guitars have exceptional harmonic intonation and sound incredible as they project each note with the correct resonance. He is also very particular with the types of wood he uses, and as a result of his meticulous eye, his instruments are also simply beautiful in appearance." Both T. Michael and Ronnie have now put in orders in for Brock's custom guitars.

Ronnie brought one of Brock's guitars to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in January to play for industry insiders. He says he will use his discerning ear for acoustics to help Johnston create future guitars. Montrose will also soon display Brock guitars on his website. Riddle plays his Brock on the new MAXX12 album Raw. He can be seen playing a Brock Acoustics guitar here: youtube.com/watch?v=68zLYn0wYSY&feature=email&email=comment_received

To learn more about Brock Acoustics, visit brockacoustics.com. For information about Ronnie Montrose, visit ronniemontrose.com; for T. Michael Riddle and MAXX12, visit maxx12music.com. For media inquiries on this press release, contact Jill Beaverson at 707.971.0687 or beaversonjl@gmail.com. nativehunt.com

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