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Sterling Koch is a nationally recognized lap steel guitarist who is a touring/recording solo artist and session musician. Sterling specializes in playing Chicago-style, slide guitar blues in a contemporary style on the lap steel guitar. He has recorded 4 solo albums of steel guitar music including "Steel Guitar Blues", "Steelin' Home" and "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." with the most recent release being "Slide Ruler."
The "Slide Ruler" album features legendary blues bassist Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter) and Grammy nominated drummer Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers). The album includes 12 tracks covering blues legends as diverse as Elmore James, John Lee Hooker and Otis Rush and features a cover of Santo & Johnny's steel guitar standard "Sleepwalk." The album has received stellar reviews from such noted blues magazines as Blues Matters, Blues Blast Magazine and Blues In Britain magazine as well as airplay throughout the US, Canada, UK and Europe. The single, "If You Wanna Rock & Roll" written by Dion Demucci, was featured on the nationally syndicated radio program, "Blues Deluxe."
Sterling has appeared as opening act for Savoy Brown, Rick Derringer and Blackfoot among many other major touring bands and just opened the 3 day, nationally recognized Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2011. He has also performed at many nationally known venues including The Bitter End, Kenny's Castaways and Cornelia Street Cafe (all in New York City) as well as Stanhope House and Bubba Mac's Blues Shack (both in New Jersey) and at Daytona Bike Week 2005.
Sterling has had the support of the legendary steel guitarist Calvin Cooke (mentor to Robert Randolph of "Robert Randolph's Family Band") when first starting on steel guitar and now can claim internationally known steel guitarists Darick Campbell (The Campbell Brothers), Aubrey Ghent and Freddie Roulette as friends and mentors.
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