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OL' CHEEKY BASTARDS - San Francisco’s Ol’ Cheeky Bastards were thrilled to be added to the All-Star Guitar Night bill by Muriel Anderson and TrueFire’s Brad Wendkos. As the ASGN house band included music legends Stu Hamm on bass and Danny Gottlieb on drums, the group opted to hit the stage with OCB vocalists Dave Dalton and Cheryl Munoz (aka “Cheryl Doll”) and guitarist Michael Molenda (editor in chief of GUITAR PLAYER), and give OCB bassist Patrick Wong and bagpiper/percussionist Sean Cummings the night off.

Of course, the big event is all about fabulous guitar playing, so Molenda invited GUITAR PLAYER’s Guitar Superstar 2009 champion Steve Senes and GPGS 2008 finalist Mike Orlando (who was already on the bill as a solo artist representing GHS/Rocktron) to add some insane guitar pyrotechnics to what OCB called its “punk-shred” version of the Faces classic, “Stay With Me.” The resulting performance ignited cheers from the audience, and reviews after the show ranged from “a train wreck” (the reviewer did NOT enjoy the application of “shredding” to a Faces tune) to “Wow. Awesome. Relentless. Whew!” Click the video and decide for yourself!

Ol’ Cheeky Bastards currently have two albums available. Vagrant Records of Seattle released BAG O’ TRICKS — a raw, stripped-down session with Dalton playing and singing simultaneously, to which vocal and guitar overdubs were added -- in 2008. In 2009, Rotten Eggs Records released a split CD featuring OCB and solo artist Lewis Swan entitled WORKING CLASS HEROES & TRUTHS. This acoustic-based CD offers six OCB songs, one of which is a cover of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s “Anthem,” complete with bagpipes. Both CDs are available on CD Baby, iTunes, and other digital-download outlets.

The Bastards play an acoustic/electric blend of Celtic-influenced folk-punk that evokes that might happen if the Faces teamed up with the Pogues to out-drink and out-brawl T. Rex and the Sweet. Lead Bastard Dalton -- a seminal SF punk who founded the Screaming Bloody Marys and Cell Block 5 -- is a charismatic performer with a sweetly tortured voice who writes melodic songs awash in truth, pain, and hand-to-hand combat. He is backed by Sean Cummings (whistles, bagpipes, and kilts), Cheryl Doll (percussion, vocals, and beauty), Patrick Wong (bass and mischief), and Michael Molenda (lead guitar, vocals, and rampant buckeroo-ness). For more info on the Bastards, click to