GUITARLANDIA

Available at Grooveyard Records

Awesome studio disc by this outstanding guitarist from Toronto, Canada. Includes 13 tracks of world-class, blues-based, dynamic, heavy guitar rock music that lands "old school" and pure to the six string core with strong compositions that also feature excellent soul-powered, melodic vocals. Welcome to the six string world of John Findlay known as "Guitarlandia". A deep, special musical place where guitar rock rules and reigns supreme. 

John Findlay is a top-shelf, sophisticated, talented axemaster who shines and speaks the same musical language as the guitar legends on the amazing "Guitarlandia" disc. Highly Recommended to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Cream era Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson and other amazing axemasters. An essential, timeless "musical document" that defines serious guitar rock music excellence. 

http://www.grooveyardrecords.com/johnfindlayguitarlandia.html

John Findlay - "Guitarlandia" (Grooveyard Records) 

'Guitarlandia' the latest offering from Canadian guitarist/singer, John Findlay is an audacious and passionate mix 
of Blues, rock, soul, and touches of jazz flavoring with John Findlay's smooth distinct style. Showcasing his depth 
as a writer as well as a musician and performer. Providing a solid rhythm section are bassist Matthew Gerrard and 
drummer Derek Cashway. Opening track "Angel In My Eye" is a driving riff-based funked up bluesy number that will 
get the adrenaline pumping. Other up-tempo highlights include "New Moon", "Mr. Invincible", "Book Of Stone" and 
"New Battle". There are two covers offered up in the form of the Jimi Hendrix classic, "Freedom" and Cream classic, 
"Sunshine Of Your Love", both done every well and given that John Findlay magic touch. But its the two closing 
instrumental tracks, "Guitar Land Part 1" and Guitar Land Pt. 2" that you hear and feel how good of six string guru 
John Findlay is, all I can say is,  WOW! This recording is clearly a labour of love for John Findlay, as even the smallest 
detail has been treated with great care, taste and imagination. The production quality of the album is great and takes 
nothing away from Findlay's edge, his vocals are smooth, the guitar playing fluid and immaculate, and as a result the 
quality of his songwriting shines through. All in all, 'Guitarlandia" is a album full of great guitar-oriented songs that 
cross over from Blues, jazz and rock. Highly recommended and most definitely required listening! 

Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society (February 2019) 

https://thededicatedrockersociety.blogspot.com/2019/02/cd-review-guitarlandia-by-john-findlay.html

 

John Findlay - "Guitarlandia" (Grooveyard Records) 

Already a Juno Award nominee, guitarist John Findlay now lays out his magic carpet for a journey 
into the place where heart resides, Guitarlandia. Fronting the power trio of bassist Matthew Gerrard 
and drummer Derek Cushway, the destination these masters of their art take us to is one where guitars 
blaze, but chorus is king. And with the man at the helm also possessing a top notch, commercially tinged 
vocal attack, the accessibility on offer here often outstrips most albums where six string pyrotechnics are 
so high on the agenda. “New Moon” is a prime example, the bluesy, Americana tinged rock driven by Findlay’s 
fret swoops and dives but also by his Don Henley meets Paul Carrack like voice. Ensuring that you’re just as 
likely to be singing along with this memorable moment as you are to stand agog at the flashy but never 
self indulgent guitar work. 

Gerrard and Cushway are able foils, the slightly funkier pop rooted “Mr Invincible” not only providing darting 
guitar licks but also a roaming bass workout that positively lives and breathes. That this is all revealed with 
glistening hooks and insistent ease is what sets Guitarlandia apart from so many other albums looking to try 
and utilise this approach. What is also apparent is that Findlay and Co aren’t satisfied with retreading the same 
path over and over, “No Place Like It” landing somewhere between The Beatles and Lenny Kravitz as the hard 
hitting riffs bite into a hazy chorus and reveal a hint of “Day Tripper” in the shortest of guitar breakdowns. 
“Book of Stone” is another rocked up Americana blues workout that in a rightful world would be a smash hit, 
while “Sunnyland” takes a more funked up approach and lets it all hang out there as it struts and pouts to great 
effect. Add in the Hendrix inflected “Crowded Room” and short, atmospheric closing instrumental pairing of 
the two part “Guitar Land” and while this album is cohesive and connected from start to finish, there is a 
real variety of moods and ideas provided. 

Two cover versions are also added into the mix and while the real gems here are Findlay’s own work, the 
instrumental take on Henrdix’s “Freedom” and a completely stripped down but also funked up version of 
the Cream classic “Sunshine Of Your Love” offer yet more interesting insights. So, hop on board, strap in 
tight and get ready to arrive in Guitarlandia. Be warned though, you might never want to leave! 

Steven Reid / Sea Of Tranquility (January 2019) 
https://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=21522

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John Findlay - "Guitarlandia" (Grooveyard Records) 

Like Anthony Gomes, John Findlay is from Toronto, Canada. He has already been nominated for a Juno Award 
and not only brings music under his own name. Dixie Chicken is a project dedicated to the music of Little Feat.  
With different occupations he performs - also with brass department - in many clubs. "In2 The Spirit" closes 
the little circle at Little Feat because Bill Payne belongs to the more than thirty musicians line-up of the disc.  
The album is Jazz & Blues Instrumental Christmas Music, "Stoves & Things" is another record of the Canadian.  
Here he presents original compositions inspired by Willie Dixon, Burt Bacharach, Lowell George and Jimmy Webb 
among others. If you have your own studio, you do not need to wander into the distance. The songs were documented 
in the John Findlay Music Studio. In addition to the eleven original compositions, the artist has decided to cover 
"Freedom" by Jimi Hendrix and "Sunshine Of Your Love" by Cream. 

For the two tracks just mentioned, John Findlay is in the role of sole entertainer. He handles all instruments 
including drum programming. "Freedom" mutates in the hands of the protagonist to an instrumental number, 
which he instills a good deal of funk. The guitar dominates. The musician gives the classic a completely different 
musical format. With partially doubled guitar sounds results in the sum of a version that you probably do not get 
every day to ears. Artificially created sounds or not, "Freedom" is good, but not the blast of the present record. 
And what about the Cream number? Well, here too, the artist chooses the wireless environment as a guide.  
However, in comparison to the Jimi Hendrix song, there is an even greater amount of funk and in a mid-section 
intermezzo, he switches to the combination of jazz and rock. With the support of some keyboard sounds, the 
piece ends in a guitar whirlwind. Again, the special point of view is the decisive factor. Cool! 

In addition to his skills and abilities on the guitar John Findlay can sing great. What John Findlay understands 
by blues rock, he shows on the album in a lot of twists. The songs just described are in the tracklist so some 
numbers apart. So it should not be meant as a musical pattern, if the album opening is also marked by the funk.  
The artist understands it in a natural way to take Fretboard delights into account, which already make the first 
number a highlight. John Findlay knows the keyboard of the colorful string mix. In addition, the musician has 
also written great songs and his emotions are not subject to complacency but are there for the listener. 

John Findlay changes his compositions between classic rock and blues rock. Bassist Matthew Gerrard and 
drummer Derek Cushway make a perfect backdrop for the bandleader. Bass, beats and groove make for excitement. 
In the search for ballads you will also find something. At a slower pace, "Ordinary Daze" is a powerhouse with furious 
fretboard walks. The album title is expressed in the two final numbers "Guitar Land (Part 1)" and "Guitar Land (Part 2)". 
What the Canadian has so to say avoided with Jimi Hendrix, he brings now on the plan. Not bad, these two instrumentals.  
Here he can fully live out his fantasies one last time and focuses the listener almost fully on his dexterity. Class! 
In "Mr. Invinsible" bassist Matthew Gerrard is prominently placed in the foreground.  Excellent! 

John Findlay's "Guitarlandia" makes all classic / blues rock fans curious and is not only great food for guitar freaks. 

Joachim 'Joe' Brookes / RockTimes-Germany (December 2019) 

John Findlay - "Guitarlandia" (Grooveyard Records) 

Like Anthony Gomes, John Findlay is from Toronto, Canada. He has already been nominated for a Juno Award 
and not only brings music under his own name. Dixie Chicken is a project dedicated to the music of Little Feat.  
With different occupations he performs - also with brass department - in many clubs. "In2 The Spirit" closes 
the little circle at Little Feat because Bill Payne belongs to the more than thirty musicians line-up of the disc.  
The album is Jazz & Blues Instrumental Christmas Music, "Stoves & Things" is another record of the Canadian.  
Here he presents original compositions inspired by Willie Dixon, Burt Bacharach, Lowell George and Jimmy Webb 
among others. If you have your own studio, you do not need to wander into the distance. The songs were documented 
in the John Findlay Music Studio. In addition to the eleven original compositions, the artist has decided to cover 
"Freedom" by Jimi Hendrix and "Sunshine Of Your Love" by Cream. 

For the two tracks just mentioned, John Findlay is in the role of sole entertainer. He handles all instruments 
including drum programming. "Freedom" mutates in the hands of the protagonist to an instrumental number, 
which he instills a good deal of funk. The guitar dominates. The musician gives the classic a completely different 
musical format. With partially doubled guitar sounds results in the sum of a version that you probably do not get 
every day to ears. Artificially created sounds or not, "Freedom" is good, but not the blast of the present record. 
And what about the Cream number? Well, here too, the artist chooses the wireless environment as a guide.  
However, in comparison to the Jimi Hendrix song, there is an even greater amount of funk and in a mid-section 
intermezzo, he switches to the combination of jazz and rock. With the support of some keyboard sounds, the 
piece ends in a guitar whirlwind. Again, the special point of view is the decisive factor. Cool! 

In addition to his skills and abilities on the guitar John Findlay can sing great. What John Findlay understands 
by blues rock, he shows on the album in a lot of twists. The songs just described are in the tracklist so some 
numbers apart. So it should not be meant as a musical pattern, if the album opening is also marked by the funk.  
The artist understands it in a natural way to take Fretboard delights into account, which already make the first 
number a highlight. John Findlay knows the keyboard of the colorful string mix. In addition, the musician has 
also written great songs and his emotions are not subject to complacency but are there for the listener. 

John Findlay changes his compositions between classic rock and blues rock. Bassist Matthew Gerrard and 
drummer Derek Cushway make a perfect backdrop for the bandleader. Bass, beats and groove make for excitement. 
In the search for ballads you will also find something. At a slower pace, "Ordinary Daze" is a powerhouse with furious 
fretboard walks. The album title is expressed in the two final numbers "Guitar Land (Part 1)" and "Guitar Land (Part 2)". 
What the Canadian has so to say avoided with Jimi Hendrix, he brings now on the plan. Not bad, these two instrumentals.  
Here he can fully live out his fantasies one last time and focuses the listener almost fully on his dexterity. Class! 
In "Mr. Invinsible" bassist Matthew Gerrard is prominently placed in the foreground.  Excellent! 

John Findlay's "Guitarlandia" makes all classic / blues rock fans curious and is not only great food for guitar freaks. 

Joachim 'Joe' Brookes / RockTimes-Germany (December 2019) 

http://www.wp.rocktimes.de/john-findlay-guitarlandia-cd-review/

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John Findlay - "Guitarlandia" (Grooveyard Records) 

From the ethereal opening of the title track “Angel In My Eye” you know you’re in for a 
deep musical excursion into the realm known as “Guitarlandia”. John Findlay knows the 
territory well, and gives us a personal tour of its power, majesty and sophistication 
in his own unique and expressive way. 

“Guitarlandia” fires on all cylinders, with sophisticated songwriting chops that are at once 
relateable yet innovatively original while, at all times, flowing with an almost casual ease 
that is totally unforced and completely inspired. It sucks you in like a sonic vortex, consuming 
your musical brain and reconstituting you into a new musical creature. This is feast for the ears, 
with exotic flavorings that will satisfy even the most jaded and sophisticated musical palettes. 
Needless to say, repeated listenings reward the listener in a way where the musical gift 
of “Guitarlandia” just keeps on giving. 

A brief yet encompassing assessment: Silky smooth vocals that artfully emphasize melody, 
harmony and counterpoint. Lyrical content that is deep and thought-provoking without pretension. 
A pristine, symphonic, “future retro” three-dimensional mix that’s light-years wide (you MUST listen 
to this CD in headphones for the full immersive effect – you’ll be glad you did). Muscular, stylized 
and expansive in scope. Compositional breadth and depth infused with richly-hued tonal tapestries 
cascading through fractal layers of sound where all the parts fit and nothing is missing, from the 
micro to the macro. Vicious grooves deftly delivered with a mature and nuanced control of emotional 
expression across every conceivable domain. Style-bending arrangements where the unexpected 
becomes the norm. Bone-crushingly heavy (without being cliched or “sludgy”) and soft and light 
as as a feather…sometimes at the same time. 

John takes the preexisting guitar vocabulary and succeeds in expanding it exponentially, “Findlayizing” 
his Stratified sonic delivery with otherworldly voicings, refined technical artistry and an encyclopedic 
palette of tones that are expertly crafted and perfectly placed. His supporting cast, featuring Matthew 
Gerrard (bass) and Derek Cushway (drums), are absolutely brilliant (check out Matthew’s solo at 3:35 
in “Invincible” – interstellar chops that’d give Gary Willis pause). This trio is tight as a gnat’s ass on a 
cold day. Each of these supporting players are true artists in their own right, adding their distinct 
voices and interpretative skills to these proceedings to devastating synergistic effect. 

All are original compositions with the exception of Hendrix’s “Freedom” which gets an unexpectedly 
instro redux treatment to precision pulse-pounding effect. Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love” gets 
reinvented as a funked-up fusionized phantasmagorical phreakout with a pocket as deep as a 
bottomless pit. Reconstitutional genre-busting at its very best. Krazy. Kool. Klassic. Killer. 

The closer “Guitarland” is an instrumental musical masterwork. Part 1 is one of the most compressed 
(timing out at only 1:41) yet artfully crafted pieces of Hendrix-inspired beauty ever recorded, while 
Part 2 ramps up the contextual framework with a majestic progression  complimented by an expertly 
crafted guitar solo that is understated in its presentation yet transcendant in its nuance and touch. 
Yes…this is what guitar music SHOULD be…and in the capable hands of John Findlay and his bandmates, 
IT TRULY IS! To use an analogy, if musical innovation could be related to architectural innovation, 
John Findlay is Frank Lloyd Wright, with Findlay’s “Guitarlandia” being Wright’s masterwork Taliesin. 

I want more of THIS. THIS is what’s missing in the musical and cultural landscape of today, where narrow 
silos of homogenized sameness rule everything we see and hear. The pantheon of guitar innovators has 
a new Hall Of Fame artist. This is John Findlay. This is epic. This is greatness. This is supremely confident 
and consumate musical art. This is “Guitarlandia”. Welcome home. 

Jimmy Ryan (Truth Squad / Flyin' Ryan Brothers / Ryanetics Music) (December 2018)

 

 

John Findlay - "Guitarlandia" (Grooveyard Records) 

'Guitarlandia' the latest offering from Canadian guitarist/singer, John Findlay is an audacious and passionate mix 
of Blues, rock, soul, and touches of jazz flavoring with John Findlay's smooth distinct style. Showcasing his depth 
as a writer as well as a musician and performer. Providing a solid rhythm section are bassist Matthew Gerrard and 
drummer Derek Cashway. Opening track "Angel In My Eye" is a driving riff-based funked up bluesy number that will 
get the adrenaline pumping. Other up-tempo highlights include "New Moon", "Mr. Invincible", "Book Of Stone" and 
"New Battle". There are two covers offered up in the form of the Jimi Hendrix classic, "Freedom" and Cream classic, 
"Sunshine Of Your Love", both done every well and given that John Findlay magic touch. But its the two closing 
instrumental tracks, "Guitar Land Part 1" and Guitar Land Pt. 2" that you hear and feel how good of six string guru 
John Findlay is, all I can say is,  WOW! This recording is clearly a labour of love for John Findlay, as even the smallest 
detail has been treated with great care, taste and imagination. The production quality of the album is great and takes 
nothing away from Findlay's edge, his vocals are smooth, the guitar playing fluid and immaculate, and as a result the 
quality of his songwriting shines through. All in all, 'Guitarlandia" is a album full of great guitar-oriented songs that 
cross over from Blues, jazz and rock. Highly recommended and most definitely required listening! 

Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society (February 2019) 

https://thededicatedrockersociety.blogspot.com/2019/02/cd-review-guitarlandia-by-john-findlay.html