Gary is pleased to announce has now signed with Fret Monkey Records
FRETMONKEY™ RECORDS was formed in late 2015 as an audio and music video production studio by Kevin Blake Goodwin and his family, it was an inspired vision of uniting independent, talented musicians across the globe under one collaborative record label that led to the unique formation of FRETMONKEY™ RECORDS – the record label. What Goodwin found were 22 other award-winning and notable musicians spanning 10 countries who felt exactly the same way. The concept evolved and their efforts resulted in a one-of-a-kind, innovative artist-ran record label where the artists inform the decision-making and day-to-day operations of the label, and are not bound to traditional label contracts that may prevent them from accepting other opportunities. With the premise that they are collectively stronger as a community of musicians rather than as solo independent artists, their mission is to capitalize on their collective voice to create career-changing opportunities for themselves and to create similar opportunities for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) musicians across the globe.
Along with Gary Litton, the record label represents award winning artists like Don Alder (winner of all top guitar competitions in the world), Adrian Belue, Jake Hertzog (winner of the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition), Manan Gupta (winner of the prestigious international Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition), Travis Bowman (winner of the national Ernie Ball Acoustic Prodigy contest), Kevin Blake Goodwin, Justin St- Pierre and Jamie Dupuis (winners of the international Canadian Fingerstyle Guitar Competition), and Ali Deniz Kardelen (Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar champion). The label also represents acclaimed musicians like Adam Crossman, Aaron Edward, Kyle Horn, Haythem Mohammed, Raf Qu, Oscar Mendez, Geordie Little, Anthony Troy, Joseph Lyle, Dana Merritt, Jacob Quistgaard (aka Quist; lead guitarists for the legendary Brian Ferry), Kris Schulz, and singer-songwriter acoustic pop sensation Tyler Sellers (winner of the junior division of the national Alchemy Singer-Songwriting competition).
From the label’s inception, others have played an instrumental role in the label’s success including Mark Grover who serves at the label’s tablature transcriptionist and merch manager, and Elliot Prestwich (Image Punch Entertainment) whose expertise in artist management and in the entertainment industry have been a guiding force. Along with Kevin Blake Goodwin and his family (Dennis, Alicia, and his wife Brooke) providing the man-power behind the day-to-day operations, the artists engage in daily communication and contribute their time and services to the operation of the label.
Beyond the RECORD Label, FRETMONKEY produces a popular weekly syndicated guitar internet radio show, “Slap Nutz,” that airs in the United States, Canada, South Africa, and the UK and on the 365 Radio Network with a potential audience of up to 1 million monthly listeners! We have also launched a 24/7 live-streaming FRETMONKEY Playlist and have expanded our reach through corporate partnerships in the music industry and by sponsoring such events like the Berlin Acoustic Guitar Night, the national Alchemy Singer-Songwriter competition, and notable guitar competitions like the Canadian, Indiana, and the Arkansas fingerstyle guitar competitions. We have also released the first of a series of quarterly album compilations with companion tablature books highlighting FRETMONKEY artists, and have expanded into film and TV placement. We have secured a top-notch Los Angeles-based co-management team, J2 Music, to help us usher in this new era in the music industry. Our 2017 debut of FRETMONKEY NATION, a social media-driven website platform designed to bring community and similar opportunities to DIY musicians across the globe, forwards our vision to be “the most progressive record label in the guitar world!”
Gary’s tune Slipstream is featured in the first FRETMONKEY RECORDS compilation album, alongside some actual guitar legends (click here)
The BEST progressive fingerstyle guitar compilation album of the year is out NOW! The new FRETMONKEY RECORDS Collection Album Volume 1 is available today!!!! Watch the video that highlights the artists appearing on the new album. It's a must-have for guitar enthusiasts! Get yours today at https://fretmonkeyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/fretmonkey-records-collection-volume-1
Posted by FRETMONKEY RECORDS on Friday, 13 January 2017
1.Gary Lutton – Slipstream 03:39
2.Kris Schulz – Ferus Caballus 03:28
3.Aaron Edward – Akasha 05:07
4.Justin St-Pierre – L’ile 04:57
5.Don Alder – The Wall 04:20
6.Joseph Lyle – A Walk With the Leaves 03:54
7.Geordie Little – Eight in One 05:10
8.Kyle Horn – Locomotive 03:10
9.Oscar Mendez – The Mirror 05:05
10.Adrian Bellue – Steppes 04:21
11.Anthony Troy – Melondy 02:56
12.Kevin Blake Goodwin – Alpha 02:42
13.Ali Deniz Kardelen – Phasey 03:27
14.Quist – Science of Traffic 04:46