Born and raised in the three-states border town of Atlanta in NETX; grew up in the offices of the local newspaper where my mother worked. My first articles were published at the age of 12. I have since worked in radio, print media, and hosted my own cable-television interview show on KAQC. My specialty has turned out to be personal profile feature stories, and photography. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to meet and interview such notables as Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Artimus Pyle and Dolly Parton, as well as many others.

The 45th Annual Dallas International Guitar Festival – the world’s largest – will be held May 5-7 at Dallas Market Hall. The building will be packed, wall-to-wall, with the most guitar, gear and memorabilia vendors ever assembled – including BUDDY Magazine.

Known for presenting stellar talent, this year’s headliners will be Eric Johnson, Orianthi and Philip Sayce. Tucked into the long list of artists is the man behind the curtain – Jimmy Wallace. He will be performing with his Guitar Army for the annual Saturday Night Jam; and again with Rachel Stacy as they preview songs from their new collaboration, Wallace-Stacy.

Austin native Eric Johnson is a Grammy award-winning guitarist, vocalist and composer. Guitar Player magazine has called him “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet.” His 1990 album Ah Via Musicom was certified platinum by the RIAA, and the single Cliffs of Dover won the Grammy Award for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance.” Since then he has released 12 studio albums – the most recent being The Book of Making / Yesterday Meets Today (2022).

Orianthi Penny Panagaris, known mononymously as Orianthi, is an Australian guitarist, singer and songwriter who rehearsed in 2009 with Michael Jackson in preparation for his This Is It concert series, and performed with Alice Cooper’s touring band. Her 2009 debut single According to You peaked at No. 3 in Japan, No. 8 in Australia and No. 17 in the US. She also won the “2010 Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year” award hosted by Guitar International magazine.

Canadian transplant Philip Sayce has been making waves since the mid 80’s with such headliner acts as Jeff Healey, Uncle Kracker and Melissa Etheridge. Sayce released his first solo album – Peace Machine – in 2009 followed by Innerevolution in May 2010. In July 2010, Sayce supported ZZ Top in Europe and in December 2010, he supported Deep Purple on their French dates. To date, he has nine studio albums under his belt.

​Dallas Market Hall is located at 2200 N Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. The doors will be open to the Public: Friday:  12:00pm to 7:00pm; Saturday:  10am to 7pm; Saturday night Jam: Market Hall 8pm; Sunday:  10am to 6pm

For tickets, directions, market hall diagrams, and more information, go to: Line-up/set times subject to change. Everyone subject to search upon entry. Tickets Required For Entry (Ages 10 & under Free). 

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