Epiphone invades the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville

Epiphone guests and VIPs invaded Hard Rock Nashville Friday night for our Summer NAMM 2017 Celebration. Emmy Russell kicked things off with an acoustic set using her grandmother Loretta Lynn's original 1964 Epiphone Excellente. Hank Compton followed with his Epiphone Emperor Swingster before American Idol alum Tristan McIntosh and Simon Kerr of The Wans finished off the first half of the evening.

Several giveaways were awarded to attendees throughout the night courtesy of Epiphone and our partners Guitar World, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Guitar Aficionado, and Grover. The grand prize was an Epiphone Masterbilt Century De Luxe Classic.

The evening was capped off with amazing sets from two great guitarists. Up and coming guitar hero Jared James Nichols wowed the crowd with his Epiphone "1955" Les Paul Custom before veteran axeman Johnny A. worked the crowd into a frenzy with his new Epiphone Johnny A. Custom signature model. Derek St. Holmes made a special guest appearance with Johnny before Meredith DiMenna (Queen of the Beatniks) finished off the show.

Special thanks to our sponsors Guitar World, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Guitar Aficionado, Grover and all of our guests who made this one of the most fun and successful NAMM events we have ever had.


Johnny A.


Derek St. Holmes


Jared James Nichols


Emmy Russell


Hank Compton


Tristan McIntosh


Simon Kerr


Jim Rosenberg - President of Epiphone


Eldon Thacker - MC


Bob Ziltz - New Bay Media


Cory Berger - Grover


Grand Prize Winner with Cara Hogan (Epiphone), Dave Berryman (President of Gibson), Jim Rosenberg (President of Epiphone)


Meredith DiMenna