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“Guitar God” Libertarian Runs for State House

From The Liberator Online published by the Advocates for Self-Government:

Adrian Galysh, says, “is a West Coast guitar player who is making a name for himself in ‘guitar god’ circles…”

The 35-year-old Galysh (pronounced GAWL-ish) unquestionably is earning a reputation as a stellar guitarist.

Check out some of the musicians he’s performed and/or recorded with: Reb Beach (Alice Cooper, Adrian GalyshWhitesnake, Dokken, Winger), Adrian Belew, Francis Buchhultz (Scorpions), Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai), Larry Carlton, Jerry Corbetta (Sugarloaf), Warren DeMartini (Ratt), Jerry Donahue (Hellicasters), Seymour Duncan, Robben Ford (Miles Davis), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai), Living Colour, Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), George Lynch, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Manring, Marco Mendoza (Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Blues Saracino, Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), and Dweezil Zappa.

Galysh is also a libertarian and Libertarian Party member. He got his political feet wet volunteering with the Ron Paul for President campaign in 2000. Now he’s thrown his guitar pick into the ring, running for the California state senate as a Libertarian advocating, he says, “the ideals of limited government, fiscal responsibility and personal responsibility.”

Asked by the Los Angeles Daily News “What does a rock musician know about government?” Galysh answered:

“I don’t know anything about accruing a $600 billion debt (and) wasting people’s tax money. I do know California is in dire straits — and somebody has to tell the government ‘No.'”

Galysh has just completed recording his third solo album, entitled “Earth Tones”. Joining Adrian on the record is an impressive list of musicians. The rhythm section is Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Ted Nugent) on bass and Joey Heredia (Stevie Wonder, F. Gambale, S. Henderson) on drums. Special guests on some tracks include Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords) on bass and Glen Sobel (Jennifer Batten, Gary Hoey, Tony MacAlpine) on drums and Carl Verheyen (Supertramp) on guitar.

Galysh, 35, started playing the guitar at age twelve, where the family was able to get one for less than $100. His early influences were Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions), Randy Rhoads, and Eddie Van Halen; however, Galysh soon gained interest in modern classical composers such as Arvo Part and Carl Orff, the world music of Peter Gabriel, and the new age music of Vangelis. He earned his degree in music at Duquesne University, where he studied jazz guitar, classical piano, and majored in Recording Arts and Science.

Currently, Galysh keeps busy with recording sessions, composing, producing and performing with his band.

Galysh hopes to ride a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment into office. The Los Angeles Daily News points out that he has at least one clear advantage over his Big Government opponents: “He’s one candidate who can play his own fundraising concert.”

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  1. patriotic dream patriotic dream May 25, 2010

    Please vote for an honest man Markham Robinson for governor 2010 AIP June 8th..thank you

  2. Larree Larree May 23, 2010

    As the lead guitarist of the band GUITAR GOD SYSTEM, and as a registered (since 1988) Libertarian, I endorse the GUITAR GOD!

  3. Adrian Galysh Adrian Galysh May 22, 2010

    Hey folks!,

    Thanks for taking notice of my campaign. Yes District 20 is Big, but I have good support, am getting press, and today’s political atmosphere looks bad for incumbents. If you can, please consider making a contribution to my efforts at

    Adrian Galysh

  4. Andy Andy May 22, 2010

    I’m pretty damn familiar with that district too.

  5. paulie paulie May 21, 2010

    It wasn’t so bad, I’ve lived in much worse places.

  6. paulie paulie May 21, 2010

    I’ve lived in Van Nuys before.

  7. Vaughn Vaughn May 21, 2010

    How about Les Claypool joins the Green Party?

  8. Morgan Brykein Morgan Brykein May 21, 2010

    The districts for the California State Senate are larger than Congressional districts. I wish him luck, but California is the worst state to run in as far as the state legislature goes. Some states have legislative districts with only fifty or a hundred thousand people. Not California.

    And beyond that, the California state legislature is essentially dead weight, because of the initiative system.

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