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Thanks to all Rochester area musicians and friends of John Cianciola who came out to Captain’s Attic, Charlotte St, Rochester, NY for a benefit to help with John’s significant medical expenses. He is in our prayers and we wish him well.
Jon and family made a visit to the Rochester, NY Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Fabulous ribs! While there, he met a great bunch of guys; The Dirty Bourbon Blues Band. Jon sat in and wowed the crowd with a set of high energy blues.
Jon is hard at work writing songs for his first “Nuclear Blues” EP. He’s going into the recording studio at the end of this coming January to record six-songs; four originals and two classic blues covers. It should be available for purchase by the end of June, 2014.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2013
“Rochester, NY Area 15 Year-Old Signs With Major US Guitar Company”
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK Jon Dretto, a 15 year-old Webster Thomas High School 10th grade student, has been signed as an Artist by Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Stevensville, Maryland. The company, also known as PRS guitars, is a manufacturer of professional level electric guitars, acoustic guitars and amplifiers. The PRS brand is synonymous with the highest quality and most desirable instruments available today. They have been manufacturing in the US since 1985. Jon has been playing guitar since age eight and has performed throughout New York and Canada. Jon calls his style “nuclear blues” which combines traditional blues with aggressive rock and neo-classical elements.
The association began in the summer of 2012, when Jon brought home a letter from his former middle school music teacher announcing auditions in Syracuse, NY for a chance to play with the PRS company band. Many of the key PRS employees are accomplished musicians. The contest was co-sponsored by InTune Magazine, a widely circulated school music publication, and was limited to high school and middle school students. Jon and his dad drove to a Syracuse music store, the site of the audition, and Jon was a standout, taking the top spot. Jon performed with the PRS band for over 10,000 fans at the Watkins Glen GRAND-AM Road Racing event in August of 2012. In addition, PRS awarded him a guitar and amplifier package.
Since then, Jon’s Dad-Manager, John, and PRS Management have stayed in touch. Jack Higginbotham, PRS President, had expressed an interest in Jon, early on and Jon was eventually signed as a PRS Artist in the summer of 2013. Jon will be using PRS guitars and amplifiers exclusively and working with the company to create greater awareness of the PRS brand, especially to artists in Jon’s demographic. Jon joins PRS Artists Carlos Santana, Davy Knowles, Orianthi, Dave Navarro and Neal Schon, among others. Jon is the youngest artist ever signed by a major American guitar company.
Jon just returned from another great event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They sure know how to throw a party. This celebrated Husky Oil’s 75th anniversary and was held at Meadows On The Green. Jon performed solo and with a fabulous talent; Madison Kozak, a very gifted singer based in Nashville.
Jon was recently interviewed by WHEC Channel 10, Rochester, NY for “Rochester In Focus”.
Jon joined the fabulous Bravuras for a performance at the 2013 Niagara Falls Blues Festival. His photo appeared in the September 1st edition of the Buffalo News. (See the first picture in the Image Gallery.) The crowds were large and enthusiastic for this annual three day blues festival. Thanks to Toby Rotella and Sherry Kushner for putting on such a great event.
Jon and Dad recently toured the PRS factory in Stevensville, Maryland. Unbelievable! No wonder their guitars are fabulous. After the tour, Jon was invited to play at Blair’s Londontowne Pub and Grill in Edgewater. The music, food and people were all super! Here’s a link to a Facebook video at Blair’s. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200357408317725&set=vb.127904597259301&type=2&theater
Jon also performed at the Zoo Bar Cafe, Washington, D.C., before returning to Rochester.
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