ARTISTS

 

Joe currently represents Eric Johnson. Former management clients include The Gourds, Kelly Willis, Charlie Robison, Chris Duarte, David Garza and David Halley.  

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Eric Johnson -  Recorded and released three albums on two major labels - “Tones” on Warner Bros. and “Ah Via Musicom” and “Venus Isle” for Capitol which have sold collectively over two million records. Toured and recorded with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as “G3” and released a CD and a Platinum selling DVD on Epic/Sony. Recorded and licensed two releases on Favored Nations distributed by RED/Sony. Compiled and released an album of out- takes and other tracks not previously released and sold strictly via the internet and at live shows.  His 1978 recording “Seven Worlds” was released on ARK 21 and The Electromagnets recorded in 1976 is licensed to Rhino. Recently his 1985 performance on the PBS show Austin City Limits was released on CD and DVD by New West Records and sales of the DVD have reached Platinum and continue to sell. New West will release his earliest “Austin City Limits” performance this year and he will release his most recent project entitled “Up Close” through EMI this Fall. 

He is a five time Grammy nominee and won the Grammy in 1992 in Rock Instrumental category for the track “Cliffs of Dover”.  He is the first artist to have three instrumentals from the same album chart in the top 10 in any format. Won the “Best Overall Guitarist Award” award from Guitar Player four years straight: the fifth year, having won again, he was inducted into their “Gallery of Greats.” Musician Magazine cited Eric among the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century,”

Released multiple instructional videos the first was the top selling instructional video for five consecutive years. Worked with Martin guitars to release a signature series limited edition acoustic guitar which sold successfully. He then worked with Fender Musical Instruments to design an electric guitar and they released the Eric Johnson Signature Series version of the Stratocaster guitar in 2005. The Eric Johnson Signature Series is one of the company’s top selling instruments. 

Has toured successfully in the US and Canada for over 35 years and has played live or toured in Japan, SE Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and South America.
 

The Gourds - Recorded and licensed two releases “Blood Of The Ram” and “Heavy Ornamentals” to Eleven Thirty / Red Eye followed by “Noble Creatures” and “Haymaker!” on Yep Roc / Red Eye. They have a 15 year history, have released a total of 11 CD titles and tour very successfully in the US, Canada and Europe.

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Kelly Willis - Released “What I Deserve” and “Easy” on Rykodisc. “What I Deserve” was Kelly’s fifth major release, the other four on MCA and A&M, and was her best selling record at over 100,000 units. Produced three videos which received airplay on CMT and Great American Country. She also signed a  publishing agreement with Universal Music. Toured successfully in the US and did press tours in Europe and Australia.

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Charlie Robison - Artist Development contract with Warner Bros. Nashville and publishing agreement with Warner Chappel Music. Released in 1998 on Lucky Dog/ Sony his most successful to date  “Life Of The Party” followed by his participation on the Lucky Dog release of “Unleashed Live”. Toured very successfully in the South and South Western United States.

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David Garza - One of the first of a generation of DIY artists. His initial success with UT campus favorites “Twang Twang Shock A Boom” releasing home recordings on cassette tapes continued when the band broke up and he began his solo career.  His first release entitled “Eyes Wide Open” sold over 25,000 copies followed by his release of “Culture Vulture” and “Blind Hips In Motion”. Toured very successfully in the South Western United States.

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Chris Duarte - Two releases on Silvertone/Jive Records – “Texas Sugar Strat Magik” which included the AOR charting track “My Way Down” followed by “Tailspin Headwhack.” Then signed to Rounder Records who released “Love Is Greater Than Me” as their initial release for the newly created Zoe label. Toured successfully in the US, Canada and Europe.

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David Halley

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