Entries Now Open for 2015 Ronnie Montrose Rock the Nation Award
Ronnie Montrose was a zealous advocate of teaching young people about the joys of playing guitar. So, to celebrate Montrose's life, his commitment to excellence, his work ethic, and his musical talents, Michael Molenda along with Leighsa Montrose established the Ronnie Montrose Rock the Nation Award: Honoring Young Guitarists Who Aspire to Greatness. The first year of the project was 2014.
This year (2015), the award will be given to one girl and one boy between the ages of 10 and 18, who best exemplify the stellar drive and love of the guitar that Montrose tried to instill in children throughout his life.
Entering is easy: Make a YouTube video of your guitar playing, post it, and send the link to . Don't forget to include your name, age, and a contact email and/or telephone number. If you have a short bio, please feel free to include it, but it's not required.
Judging is done by Michael Molenda along with the Guitar Player staff, Leighsa Montrose, and Ronnie's best friend CJ Hutchins. They'll all watch the videos and determine which young players deserve the award. Deadline for entries is April 30, 2015.
So get those YouTube links coming! Good luck, and All Hail Ronnie Montrose!
For more go to: Guitar Player Rock The Nation
Gibson recreates classic Montrose guitar
Gibson is honoring iconic rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose with its Collector's Choice #28 "STP 'Burst" replica of Ronnie's fabled 1958 Les Paul, which will be limited to a production run of no more than 300 guitars. Every element of this 1958 Les Paul was precisely studied to ensure an almost exact reproduction of the instrument Montrose wielded on the two albums that changed the landscape of rock guitar.
After passing from Montrose’s hands the original guitar went to Peter Weihe of Hamburg, Germany, whose studio work with this exemplary Les Paul has been heard more than 20,000,000 times. Now, through the direct and intimate cooperation of Peter Weihe, the Ronnie Montrose Estate, and the guitar’s current owner (an anonymous German collector), Gibson Custom brings to life this coveted ’58 Les Paul in all its current glory. A USB with exclusive video introduced by Mrs. Montrose that chronicles the guitar’s time with Ronnie Montrose will accompany each guitar, along with a Certificate of Authenticity, Ronnie Montrose commemorative picks and pick tin.