Guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Sal Germano Jr digs deep into an era of some of the greats that came before him. At the ripe old age of 33, the guitarist has been active in the northern NJ and NYC area for years. From early bluesmen to present day perpetuates of the art, Sal garners a variety of styles into his playing. Ever hungry to cultivate his passion, Sal has studied and played with a variety of musicians of all levels over the years.
Born and raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey, Sal was brought up on good old rock n’ roll. His father began bringing him to see live music at an early age where he saw such legendary acts such as the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Smashing Pumpkins and KISS before he even reached double digits.
Always up for a challenge, and a quick learner to boot, he began taking lessons at an early age on a variety of instruments before finally finding the guitar. At age 10, Sal recalls his first guitar lesson as it was the same night of his elementary school Spring concert. He never looked back.
Sal continued his music education though his schooling career, even being named “most musical” student in his junior high class. From the school jazz band to original rock bands, he became a versatile performer and band leader.
Not long after his schooling, Sal put together a few power-trios and began his recording career. Soon having the opportunity of a lifetime, he found himself playing along some of his idols on stages as far from home as Las Vegas and Hollywood.
In recent years, Sal has studied guitar and banjo under the extremely talented and incredibly versatile Ray Longchamp, who has countless recording credits and was once a student of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Sal also studied the drums with legendary drummer Sandy Gennaro, former drummer of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Monkees, Pat Travers Band, Cyndi Lauper, Johnny Winter, and Bo Diddley, just to name a few.
A decade later and after relocating to the rural, peaceful and serene northern country of New Jersey (yes, this actually exists), Sal has become a regular performer in the local music scene. Occasionally hosting an open mic and playing dates regularly, Sal continues to write and record while he enjoys playing in the company of the local talent.