Thursday, April 27, 2017

Meet The Artists: Alonzo Pennington

Alonzo Pennington, is a multi-award-winning guitar player who’s been performing his own music since he was 13. He cut his teeth playing alongside his father, respected and renowned thumbpicker, Eddie Pennington. So, take a smattering of vintage Merle Travis, a dash of Stevie Ray Vaughan, a spoonful of Waylon Jennings, and a pinch of Tommy Emmanuel, throw them all into a big old pot and you've got Alonzo Pennington. A satisfying musical stew that’s been influenced by greats in all styles! You are certain to enjoy some blazing guitar work, heart-felt ballads, and a few laughs along the way.

Although the son of a famous guitar player, Alonzo has established himself as a "A-list" guitarist in his own rite, having....

  • Played The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville,TN.
  • Performed on stage with: Wille Nelson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Emmanuel, John Michael Montgomery, Joe Diffie, and many more.
  • Been named 3-time International Thumbpicking Contest Grand-Champion. He is also a past National Thumbpicking contest winner.
  • Four Times competed at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Competition in Memphis Tn , and beating out hundreds of performers en route to the IBC Semi-Finals.
  • Been named an Honorable Kentucky Colonel, as an ambassador presenting Kentucky's rich musical heritage to the rest of the nation, and the world.

Alonzo's latest release is entitled, Born With Nothing on Soul-Trax Records.

Along with teaching guitar workshops and performing across the country, Alonzo has an instructional DVD and online course available through

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