Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar 2010!
Solo-Acoustic Player Don Alder Wins the Crown!
Guitar Player magazine’s sixth annual Guitar Superstar Competition was won by Vancouver, British Columbia, solo-acoustic player Don Alder on the night of September 18, 2010.
Alder stepped onstage completely alone, after several finalists with electric guitars had performed thrilling instrumental works backed up by the live house band. But Alder’s confident, entertaining, and technically flawless performance of his song, “The Rogue,” wowed the capacity crowd at Livermore, California’s Bankhead Theater, and garnered the only standing ovation of the night.
“He’s backstage, looking like he’s going to throw up because he doesn’t have a band, and he’s just playing an acoustic guitar all by himself, and then he goes out there and wins the whole show,” commented finalist Charlie Crowe, whose boisterous, in-the-pocket performance of “Intergalactic Cowboy” won him third-place honors. All videos