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Geoff Hartwell: About

Geoff Hartwell is a scorching guitarist, songwriter, producer, teacher and clinician based in NY.

His forthcoming CD is a collaboration with Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Bros), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Bros), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi-Trucks Band), Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band), Todd Smallie (Derek Trucks Band, JJ Grey), Erik Lawrence and Steven Bernstein (Levon Helm Horns).

He has shared the stage with legendary artists as diverse as Blues Rock Icons Gregg Allman, Robert Randolph, Sonny Landreth, Tab Benoit and John Hammond, Pop music stars Toad the Wet Sprocket, Robin Zander (singer for Cheap Trick), Dave Bickler (singer for Survivor), Singer/Songwriter extraordinaire Richard Shindell, groove monster Alan Evans of Soulive (while recording with the Funk/Electronica band 'The Fuzzy Flow'), as well as NYC Irish music institutions The McLean Avenue Band, Jameson's Revenge and Shilelagh Law.

Growing up, Hartwell studied guitar fiercely and was playing NYC venues like CBGB's, Kennys Castaways and the Lion's Den by the time he was in his teens. In addition to studying music full-time at Hartwick College, he was also a Samuel J. Nelson scholarship recipient in recognition of his academic aptitude. After music school, Hartwell toured internationally in Europe with a rock musical production of "The Birds" and traveled through Australia and New Zealand.

Geoff Hartwell began to acquire his skills in the recording studio at The Loft Recording Studios while working on Shanachie Records sessions for Debbie Davies' "Round Every Corner" and The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars' "Fresh Out the Past" albums in addition to sessions produced by Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Richard Shindell). These would be formative experiences that greatly influenced his work as a producer later on.

Geoff Hartwell was a long-time faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop where he taught seminars in Austin, Texas and Chicago, Illinois with special guests Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar. Geoff's performances with Sonny at venues such as B.B. King's in NYC led to the recordings which yielded the CD, "Hate To See You Go".

Geoff Hartwell has appeared in international magazines such as Guitar World and Vintage Guitar Magazine. Television performances include appearing as a “Naked Hippie” in a hugely popular skit on Saturday Night Live (which was chosen to open the “Best of the Year” DVD 2006), and playing guitar for the theme to the Discovery Channel show “Outward Bound”, as well as interview/performances on "Poughkeepsie Live!", The Guitar Show with Mike Byrnes, and "The Listening Room" on RNN.

Geoff Hartwell proudly endorses D'Addario strings, Planet Waves cables, Gold Tone Acoustic Instruments and Pigtronix Effects.

In addition to maintaining a busy clinic and teaching schedule, Geoff Hartwell continues to perform up to 200 nights per year.

DISCOGRAPHY:
* Geoff Hartwell's 2nd album, "Hate To See You Go", features his long-time touring band and an incredible lineup of special guests that includes slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth, Bari sax genius Dana Colley (of the influential band Morphine), and Lapsteel wizard Cindy Cashdollar (from Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams and Asleep at the Wheel).
* Geoff Hartwell's debut CD, "Perfect Stranger" is also available through www.geoffhartwell.com as well as his Slide Guitar instructional DVD "Ultimate Slide Guitar: Essential Slide Techniques" which has been featured in Guitar World Magazine, and Vintage Guitar Magazine.
* Geoff Hartwell has also contributed his guitar prowess to CDs by the NY Funk/Electronica band The Fuzzy Flow (lion in the Cut) and the Burlington, VT Jamband sensations Bearquarium.
* In 2013 Geoff Hartwell produced Michael Pennacchio's debut CD, "Better in the Morning", which was released in 2014.