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There was a period of time when largely-instrumental/guitar-led rock music was all the rage. But somewhere along the way, the genre appeared to have taken a back seat to other rock forms. In recent times, however, an unmistakable renaissance of this style has gotten underway - and the debut release by Dean Shoultz, ‘All the Pretty Horses,’ certainly helps confirm this theory. With a style/sound that recalls the classic late ‘80s/early ‘90s work by such guitarists as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Eric Johnson, Shoultz certainly has the power and the talent in his fingers to turn the head of many a six-string aficionado.
Armed with an arsenal of Melancon® guitars and Mesa Boogie amps, Shoultz hooked up with local producer Pershing Wells. With Shoultz supplying all of the guitars, most of the bass, and lead vocals on two songs (while all the percussion consists of electronic drums), ‘All the Pretty Horses’ was ready to roll. “The songs started off with hooks and rhythmic patterns that came to mind, and we just expounded on that. But it’s not mindless playing - it’s more melodic in nature. They’re really traditional rock n’ roll songs, with a pop vibe to them.
And while ‘All the Pretty Horses’ is one of the most consistent guitar-heavy albums to come around in recent times, Shoultz has some specific favorite tracks. “I really like the song ‘No Slumber’ - it’s got some fun licks in it, and some of the licks started out as warm-up exercises I did for a long time. I was playing it for my producer, Pershing Wells, and he said, ‘Man, we should make that into a song.’ The ones that mean the most to me is ‘Hero,’ which is about my daughter - there’s very little emphasis on the guitar on that one, it’s more of a rock-type song.
And when asked, what about the future of his music? “I’m going to continue and put out another record - in the same vein. And just keep putting the pedal to the metal.”