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April 11, 2021 50 min

Gary Winston is a musician who calls Walla Walla Washington home.  Gary was born in Walla Walla and began his musical journey after seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. You will love his story.

His first guitar was from Montgomery Wards and soon after he received his first guitar it was obvious that this would be his path in life. After all a person is dedicated to their craft if they take their guitar with them to the bathroom.  Sadly, the Vox Amp his brother purchased for him did not have the girls screaming like the music store owner told him they would.

Gary spent almost 15 years on the road during the 70's and 80's throughout Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada.  After he stopped touring the PNW  he joined the CC Ryders Band and toured Asia.  The CC Ryders were the house band for the Hong Kong Grand Hyatt.  Gary was able to play with some huge names (you have to listen to hear who)

When Gary came back home to Walla Walla he has continued to play and perform.  Gary Winston and The Real Deal are a popular band at many of the wineries and are always a popular draw.

Make sure you listen to this episode. Gary plays a couple of songs for us and is a very engaging storyteller. I know I enjoyed my time hearing Gary's stories.

Thanks to Walla Walla Guitars for letting us record this episode in the studio.

There are so many amazing places to explore in Washington State, you should just pack your bags and go! Explore Washington State is the perfect place for inspiration. 

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