Legendary singer/guitarist comes full circle back to Epiphone
Derek St. Holmes was born and raised in Riverview, Michigan on the outskirts of Detroit. His first connection to Epiphone was the result of his first guitar teacher's influence.
"I can remember walking into that little lesson studio, that was about as big as a closet, and hanging on the back wall was this beautiful Epiphone Sheraton," recalls St. Holmes. "He would tell me if I practiced hard that week, he would let me play that Sheraton. It was pretty good motivation! Later, when I was ready for my own electric, he suggested an Epiphone Wilshire, which is what I got, and that's when I really started learning how to play guitar like I wanted to."
Eventually Derek's teacher realized that the student needed more than he could offer and suggested Derek move on. "He looked at me one day and said, 'I'm not really teaching you what you want to know, am I?' We both knew then that it was time for me to move on."
And move on he did. Derek was soon playing in local bands including one called Scott, which by fate ended up opening a show for the Amboy Dukes at the Lincoln Park Theatre. Amboy Dukes guitarist Ted Nugent took note of the talented young singer/guitarist and when he decided to form his own band, made the call and invited Derek to be a part of it. The relationship fostered some of the most iconic moments in rock and roll history with songs like "Stranglehold" and "Hey Baby" and classic albums including Cat Scratch Fever and Double Live Gonzo!
Derek has displayed his immense talents with other artists as well including a stint with the Michael Schenker band and the critically acclaimed Whitford/St. Holmes project with Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford.
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