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Greg Koch

Greg Koch

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Performer;Songwriter

American Roots;Blues;Contemporary Instrumental

Guitar, Acoustic;Guitar, Electric

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Sep 14, 2018

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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. He  is also a best-selling author and video instructor for music publisher  Hal Leonard. Greg is a contributing columnist for a variety of guitar  magazines including Guitar Player Magazine which listed Greg’s “Chief’s  Blues” in their “40 Badass Blues Solos You Must Hear” and Premier  Guitar. For the last few years Greg is renowned for his wildly popular  internet videos (which number in the thousands with tens of millions of  views) originating from the legendary Colorado guitar shop Wildwood  Guitars. Furthermore, Koch is internationally known for his work with  Fishman Transducers as a clinician and for his contributions to the  development of the highly acclaimed Greg Koch Signature Gristletone  Pickups for Telecaster guitar.


Dylan  Koch gravitated to the drums early on in his life using kitchen utensils  to play along with music as soon as he could walk. After digesting an  early diet of Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell and John Bonham,  Dylan was mentored by the legendary Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea/Robben  Ford). In high school Dylan participated in the Jazz Institute at the  Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and furthered his studies at the McNally  Smith School of Music in the Twin Cities. While still in his teens he  performed with young guitar guns Tallan Noble Latz and Jared James  Nichols and has performed alongside his father with such artists as  Robben Ford, Little Feat's Paul Barrere, Jon Cleary, David Grissom,  Roscoe Beck and Malford Milligan. Dylan was recently nominated for  drummer of the year by the Wisconsin Area Music Awards (WAMI).

Toby  Lee Marshall's screaming B3 is the perfect compliment to the musical  stew that is the Koch songbook. Hailing from the Twin Cities area he  came from a musical family, playing piano for years until falling under  the spell of the sound of the organ while at a baseball game at age  seven. His fascination for the Hammond B3 took hold after his Dad took  him to see Steve Cherewan playing with Dr. Mambo's Combo at their  legendary residency at Bunker's in Minneapolis. Steve mentored Toby in  the ways of the B3 and he hit the ground running landing a gig with  bluesman Lonnie Brooks while still a teen. He would go on to travel the  world as a member of Bernard Allison's band. After taking a hiatus to  spend some family time, Toby is returning to music with a vehemence and  the Koch-Marshall format gives him a long leash to let his freak flag  fly, providing groovy bass lines, sinuous chordal work and incendiary  solos.


​It is not a stretch to say that Milwaukee  native Greg Koch is one of the most famous unknown guitar players in the  world. His fierce creative spirit and crazed sense of fun fused with a  tremendous degree of versatility has made him an island of six-stringed  mirth in a sea of guitar warlords. Fifteen critically acclaimed CD’s  featuring his unique and incendiary brand of playing and composing,  international tours as band leader, fourteen best-selling guitar  instructional materials for the Hal Leonard Publishing empire, articles  and columns in some the biggest guitar magazines, a lengthy past tenure  as an ambassador for Fender Guitars and a similar position in that  capacity for Fishman Transducers has generated a respectable following  for Greg throughout the world. Ultimately, Greg's 4000 plus videos  exceeding 50 million views for Wildwood Guitars of Louisville Colorado  showcasing Greg’s wild guitar test drives and random humorous commentary  have made him a household name for guitar players throughout the  galaxy.

​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. Their first release,  “Toby Arrives” will be released in the February 23, 2018 on the Mascot  Label Group / Players Club Imprint and features the first moments of  their unexpected musical partnership captured at an extemporaneous jam  session earlier in the year.

Greg Koch

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