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Randy Stephens / Press

“If you like the guitar-led blues-rock of SRV, Johnny Winter or Jeff Beck, you’ll love No Strings Attached. Stephens’ playing thoughout is exemplary. He coaxes a vast array of tones from his Stratocaster and Telecaster, particularly on the “Ambient Love”, which recalls both Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck at times. And the controlled fury of his playing on the “The Fool” perfectly matches the anger in the lyrics.”

“No Strings Attached is a fine and varied set of blues from Randy Stephens that should expand his market well beyond the southeastern part of the U.S. if there’s any justice in the world. --- Graham Clarke”

““We are excited about making music and proud to be a part of the Sarasota art community. As Carl reminds me all the time about the music, “It’s not what we do, but who we are.” I love that because it is truthfully the way I felt about music my whole life. We hope people will buy our CD but more importantly, that they will come see the band play live for them. We love to perform and to give back this gift called music. My favorite quote is from Tampa Florida’s southern rock band, the Outlaws: “Were just the player, you are the show.””

“I checked out your homepage. Man, you play your ass off! ”

Jeff Golub - myspace

“Instrumental Rock Guitar has had its share of guitar heroes over the years. Steve Vai, Yngvie Malmsteen, Johnny A and Gary Hoey, just to name a few, have all left their stamp on the genre, changing the course of music in the process. While players like this make instrumental rock sound easy to do, releasing an instrumental guitar album is probably one of the most difficult challenges that a guitarist can tackle during their careers. Nashville guitarist Randy Stephens is a player who’s doing just that. With the release of is American Guitar, Stephens is putting his own unique take on the Instrumental Rock guitar genre, one that is at once a testament to those that came before him, and at the same time a vision into the future of the music. Randy Stephens recently sat down with Guitar International to talk about his love of instrumental music, gear and of course his new album, American Guitar. ”

"Nashville veteran Randy Stephens serves up an instrumental album showcasing his playing on a number of styles. You get blues and jazz with heavy doses of pop mixed in, and even a rap song! His tone and perfect and he's got chops to burn".

JH - 'Vintage Guitar Magazine'

“Stephens is a versatile guitarist, easily moving from genre to genre It doesn’t matter what style you prefer, Randy Stephens can play them all. American Guitar is an impressive and well-balanced collection of mostly blues-based tracks”

'Blues Bytes Magazine'

“With the release of is American Guitar, Stephens is putting his own unique take on the Instrumental Rock guitar genre, one that is at once a testament to those that came before him, and at the same time a vision into the future of the music.”

‘Guitar International Magazine'

“nstrumental Rock Guitar has had its share of guitar heroes over the years. Steve Vai, Yngvie Malmsteen, Johnny A and Gary Hoey, While players like this make instrumental rock sound easy to do, releasing an instrumental guitar album is probably one of the most difficult challenges that a guitarist can tackle during their careers. Nashville guitarist Randy Stephens is a player who’s doing just that. With the release of is American Guitar, Stephens is putting his own unique take on the Instrumental Rock guitar genre, one that is at once a testament to those that came before him, and at the same time a vision into the future of the music. ”