20022 Enadia Way, Winnetka Ca. 91306 818-585-5374
Al Bonhomme has been a full time professional guitar player and guitar teacher since graduating High School in 1974.
Although known as an electric country guitarist with outstanding acoustic guitar skills, Al is well versed in all styles of contemporary music.
Al continues to perform and record in most styles including rock, blues, r&b, jazz and funk.
A respected member of MI’s faculty since 1999.
2014 - 50 Shades Of Cowboy - current single and video release by Steve Everett 2012 - Guitar sessions for Bruce Hannifan, composer for “Deadliest Catch” and “Ice Road Truckers”
2012 - My Love Endlessly - Steve Everett
2007 - Alive - Lisa Williams
2007 - George Arlis Highfill - George Highfill
2006 - Transplants - Comforters
2005 - Blame The Vain - Dwight Yoakam
2005 - This Was Now That Was Then - Frank Rose
2003 - Population Me Dwight Yoakam
2002 - Reprise Please - Dwight Yoakam
2001 - Divide And Conquer - Danni Leigh
2000 - Tomorrows Sounds Today - Dwight Yoakam
1997 - All My Wild Oats - Jim Matt
1997 - Leavin’ This Town - Terri Binion
1996 - Bull Durham The Band - Bull Durham Band
1994 - The Fabulous Bull Durham Band - Bull Durham Band
1987 - Waitin’ Up - George Highfill
1987 - Present - Session Guitarist for producer Producer Pete Anderson
1988 - Custom Cab - Bull Durham Band
1988 - Visitor - Visitor
1974 - present - Songwriter demos, indie bands, jingles, cable tv show soundtracks
Performances at Madison Square Garden, The LA Forum, Gibson Ampitheater, Grammy Museum, Westbury Music Fair, The Grand Ole Opry.
1991 - 1992 - Performed national anthem for the Dodgers, Lakers and Clippers
1989 - 1999 - Performed for Disney Entertainment in Los Angeles and Orlando with the Bull Durham Band, house band at Pleasure Island’s Neon Armadillo in Orlando.
1980 - present - Los Angeles based freelance guitar player playing sessions, performing in a variety of night clubs, private functions.
1988 - TV sitcom Throb with the band Visitor and classical guitarist Liona Boyd 1988 - TNN, New Country with George Highfill
1990 - Grand Ole Opry with Bull Durham Band
1990 - GMC / True Value Country Music Showdown
1991 - TNN, Crook And Chase with Bull Durham Band
1991 - TNN, Nashville Now / Ralph Emery Show with Bull Durham Band
2002 - Tonight Show / Jay Leno with Dwight Yoakam. Featured spot fingerpicking acoustic guitar with members of the LA Philharmonic
1974 - present - Professional working, recording, touring guitarist.
1984 - Present - Owner / engineer / producer at Calada Productions, a Los Angeles recording studio/production company working with songwriters, bands, jingles, TV shows
2005 - Music producer of “Tennessee Rain” for Frank Rose. Video was played in regular rotation on CMT and the single charted nationally.
Has songs placed with major music publishers in Nashville.
2012 - Present - Music Producer for Steve Everett with 2 national charting releases 2015 – Producer – Sydney Maxine EP
2015 – soon to be released solo CD
PROFESSIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE
1973-1975 - Guitar teacher at Guitar Clinic , Sudbury Ontario Canada.
1999 - present - Full time Instructor at Musicians Institute, Hollywood Ca.
2004 - present - GIT co-ordinator performing a variety of duties assisting dept head including taking care of all subbing issues, evaluating MI applications, awarding scholarships, judging MI competitions, advising and training guitar instructors, working with department head on curriculum ideas and testing requirements and working with students on issues pertaining to MI.
2008 - Recorded instructional videos for MI which are featured on youtube.
2010 - Blues Guitar clinics at the Los Angeles Grammy Museum.
Instructional articles featured in the top guitar magazines in the world. Guitar Player, Guitar One, Acoustic Guitar World.
Country Guitar – Soon to be released instructional book for Hal Leonard Publishing.
Curriculum for three popular electives at MI, Country Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Surf/Spy Guitar.
Hundreds of arrangements and charts for various projects at MI as well as various performing and recording artists.
Instructional videos with 200,000 views (see below)
Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) class of March 1980
Private guitar studies with Ted Greene, Lenny Breau, Joe Diorio,Ron Eschete.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Guitar Player Of The Year CCMA 1989.
National Winner GMC/True Value Country Music Showdown 1991 (Country version of American Idol)
Teacher Of The Year at Musicians Institute multiple times.
Well versed as a Pro Tools engineer and music producer, Finale Music Notation and many general music related computer applications.