Musician ditches the wheels, hopes guitar will give him wings

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Grand Falls-Windsor's Chris Feener leading international online contest

When you win a quad, you can do all sorts of things. If you're Chris Feener, you sell the ATV for something more practical, according to his interests.

The 20-year-old guitar virtuoso sold his machine, which he won at a ticket draw in the Exploits Valley Mall, and spent the money on amplifiers, a computer to help him put together his own recording suite, and other music-related gear.

Grand Falls-Windsor guitarist Chris Feener could be off to London, England, if he places in the top 10 of an international contest he has entered. Photo by Sue Hickey/The Advertiser

Grand Falls-Windsor - When you win a quad, you can do all sorts of things. If you're Chris Feener, you sell the ATV for something more practical, according to his interests.

The 20-year-old guitar virtuoso sold his machine, which he won at a ticket draw in the Exploits Valley Mall, and spent the money on amplifiers, a computer to help him put together his own recording suite, and other music-related gear.

It's not a waste of money or energy for Feener, who's shooting for higher goals.

The guitarist, who has played in local bands (one is Turning Point, which played at the Red River campgrounds for the Salmon Festival, another is Occult Conception), recently heard from a friend about an online guitar competition.

He visited the website for Guitar Idol 2008 (www.gtridol.com) and found a key, of sorts, which seems to have opened a new portal to what may be a promising musical career.

"It's a national competition in the U.K. and it's for every single guitar player who wants to enter," Feener explained.

"All you have to do is to submit an MP3 or video and there are loads of prizes.

"I submitted an original song called 'The Eccentric Hillbilly,' a bluegrass/rock kind of thing."

He has posted the link for the website on Facebook, his MSN account and other social networking sites.

He says a lot of people saw it from there, and a lot of people are supporting him.

So far, he's No. 1 among the dozens of guitarists competing.

As of Monday, he'd received 486 votes in the international competition.

The 10 players who gain the most votes from the public and the panel will be invited to perform in front of thousands of guitar fans at the London Guitar Show June 13.

There they will be judged by a panel of top industry professionals.

The concert organizers are offering numerous prizes to the winners, such as gear from industry leaders like Peavey, PRS Guitars and Roland. The winner gets to play on stage with a legendary guitar player from the U.S., although exactly who has yet to be announced.

His family supports his entry in the contest. His mother, he says, is one of his biggest fans.

"The competition is starting to pick up now in the contest, and he really needs the support of the island to keep him in the top ranks," his mother, Jackie, said.

"Every day there are more and more fantastic guitarists entering, and so far he's holding his own, but we want to make sure he gets the chance to get to London and compete on the big stage."

Feener is no stranger to music competition. In 2005, he and a friend entered a competition hosted by Esquire magazine where musician John Mayer had written lyrics and wanted participants to put them to music.

Feener and his friend placed in the top 6, and they also won the Smell The Glove Award, a tribute to the band Spinal Tap.

They were the only ones from Canada to get into the top ranks.

In the meantime, Feener is making more practical plans for his future.

He hopes to go to either St. Francis Xavier University to study jazz, or to Memorial University to study classical music.

Organizations: Turning Point, PRS Guitars, Esquire magazine St. Francis Xavier University

Geographic location: Red River, U.K., U.S. London Canada

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