SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF AL MEDINA
Al Medina was the lead guitarist and vocalist for the USS John F. Kennedy from 1974-1978, flagship of the 6th Fleet. He played all over Europe with the ship's band, bringing American rock and blues to music hungry Europeans. Some outstanding venues in Europe have been Los Caracoles in Barcelona, the lovely seaports of Torremolinos, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca in Spain, Taormina, Syracusa and Catania in Sicily. Al has been playing guitar since he was ten years old. He moved to Modesto from San Luis Obispo in October 2012 where he was performing for private parties, house concerts and restaurant venues along the Central Coast of California. Al is now performing in the Central Valley of California regularly (Please click on "Shows"). In addition to guitar and vocals, Al plays harmonica and has produced one CD entitled "NEVER CROSS THIS DESERT ALONE", a recognized album which fuses together rock/blues and ballads featuring Al on all instrumentation and vocals. Born in 1955 overseas to a military family, Al has traveled the world, is a US Navy veteran and has incorporated a broad range of styles and nuances in his music. It shows in his live performances, where Al never fails to scintillate the audience with soulful vocals, cracklin' guitar and harmonica, laced with humorous anecdotes.
A recent review of NEVER CROSS THIS DESERT ALONE, written by Mr. T. Waite from California:
"Al Medina's CD, Never Cross This Desert Alone, is an eclectic
collection of gorgeous heart-wrenching songs. Medina's a
singer/songwriter/guitarist with the versatility of an outstanding
busker, a bona fide troubadour. His songs range from deceptively simple
folk ballads to hardcore rockers. They're mostly about love lost ... and
found. But they don't reek of sentimentality; they ooze with genuine pain
and hope. Other tracks feature nuanced musings on spirituality,
materialism, and nature. Medina pokes fun at convention, without being
snarky. And his guitar playing is impeccable. Through painstaking studio
work, he sounds like a one-man band. The CD is slick, polished. Each
track is distinctive. Track 1 conveys a sense of landscape. Track 2
sounds like an old spiritual. Track 3 features beautiful harmonizing
reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Track 6 features flamenco-like
guitar riffs. Track 7, my favorite, has positively beautiful guitar
phrasing and a catchy chorus. Kudos to Al Medina for sharing these
beautiful songs! I look forward to his next CD."
Medina's next album is entitled "PLAY OF LIGHT" and is due for release in January, 2014. Look for it here!
Current album for sale: "Never Cross This Desert Alone"
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Future CD release in January, 2014: "Play Of Light"
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