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Guitar Masters 2015


The 18th annual Guitar Masters concerts were held February 27-28 at the Journey Museum in Rapid City.  The 2015 Guitar Masters are Bruce Neubert, Steve Gardner, Jake Anderson and Jeff Severson.  Neubert received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.  The self-taught player has been active in the Black Hills music scene since the early 70s.  Gardner played in several popular Sioux Falls bands before moving to Custer.  He's adept at flat picking and finger style.  Young gun Jake Anderson has been playing for over 10 years.  He enjoys studying the relationships between lead guitarists and their rhythm sections and making his music sound different by using abstract techniques and note placements.  Severson is a finger style virtuoso.  His first band in high school was a Byrds cover act.  Severson released two albums with 4 out of 5 Doctors in the early 80s.  He's been inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame (with Young Raiders) and the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Zero Ted).