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Weekday At Bernie's

New York covers band guitarist wins a once-in-a-lifetime studio session with Whitesnake legend Bernie Marsden.

Joe Bonamassa. Walter Trout. Warren Haynes. Mike Baker. If that last Bernie Marsden collaborator doesn’t ring any bells, here’s why: Baker is the New York covers band guitarist who won last September’s competition organised by The Blues and Mascot Label Group. On June 24, the American claimed his prize, travelling to Buckinghamshire’s Echo Studios to record a track alongside the ex-Whitesnake guitarist.

It was the kind of prize that money couldn’t buy, and accordingly, when The Blues announced the competition on September 10, we were deluged with over 4,000 entries from across the planet. With each applicant submitting a video of themselves playing an instrument or singing, the final decision fell to Blues editor Ed Mitchell, who picked out Baker’s fret-burning showcase from the slush pile.

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