Jon Bare & the Killer Whales
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     “Some great stuff from Jon Bare & the Killer Whales. Definitely some good-time music there. These guys have definitely been around. Man, have they been around!  They’re old Local Licks alumni and sounding really fantastic on their new CD.” -- Kelly Cox, KLOS Local Licks

     “Our review in two words: Great Music!” -- David A. Fusco, Blues Deluxe (nationally syndicated radio show)

     “Jon Bare is a local guitarist with a lot of skill and fire.  Bare has a very sure hand with the guitar showing off some fast moves, but never losing sight of the thread of the music.  This is a very good disc and deserves a place in anyone’s collection who likes and appreciates the electric guitar sound.  Bare is the real deal, and that’s a fact.” -- Jon Pepper, Southland Blues Magazine

     “Jon Bare once again plays with precision and powerful confidence.  He has assembled an excellent collection of tunes, well performed by the other musicians.  Congratulations are in order.  Favorite songs are You Shook Me and the instrumental, Orca.”  --  John Rhys, Bluepower Hour

     “Studio wiz Jon Bare steps into the performing spotlight w/ new release Shredzilla and scores big!  Good hooks, above-average vocals and a stage-presence that rivals Axl, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and others lucky enough to be girl-magnets!”  --  Doug Deutsch,  L.A. Jazz Scene Magazine & University Reporter

     “Jon Bare & the Killer Whales are a blues-rock group in the mold of the Allman Brothers or ZZ Top. This is guitar-driven blues with a rocking backbeat. Jon Bare is a top-notch guitar player and a good vocalist, which is exactly what is required of a blues-rock guitar player of this type.  This is a band of very, very solid musicians, and they do not disappoint.
     “Jon Bare & the Killer Whales has good energy and good chemistry among the members -- in fact, interplay between Bare and Harper on the two guitars was excellent.  This kind of music makes people want to dance and have a good time.
     “All in all, this is a very good group, that does not disappoint musically. The musicians are all consummate professionals and never let anything get out of hand. This group is on its way.” -- Jon Pepper, Music Connection Magazine

     “This is a bluesy rock album that contains that old style, foot stompin’ good ol’ rock n’ roll tracks.  It’s something that you don’t come across often in today’s spice girls and MTV musicland.” -- Mike Checkwood, No Cover Magazine
Great Review !!!

Title:     Shredzilla
Artist:     Jon Bare & The Killer Whales

From the June/July 1999 issue of

My first impression of this CD after hearing the title was, "Rip your face off Rock and Roll." That is what I saw in my mind’s eye. I was way off base with that thought.

This is excellent Blues based Rock with elements of well crafted Pop to sweeten the pie. Very accessible music and radio ready. I was totally turned on listening to this music. Very catchy rhythms, hooks and knockout riffs keep your ears tuned in at all times. There is something really special going on here. I find it difficult to totally express how I felt listening to this CD. In a word, it made me feel good and brought back fine memories of my youth. Everyone has different feelings come up when listening to music. Those were mine.

Mega Truth is Jon's own label. That tells you a lot about an artist's commitment to the music.  He put together a formidable lineup for this session. Chet McCracken (Doobie Bros.) on drums and James LoMenzo (White Lion, Ozzy Osbourne) on Bass. Rich Harper also joins the group on two tracks to add his phenomenal Blues guitar expertise.

Jon has played with some of the best in the business. Listen to him shape and mold each track into a Rock/Blues masterpiece.

A totally mesmerizing experience.    --    Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck