In the August 1985 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, Beaver Felton was chosen by Record Producer Mike Varney to be featured in the “Spotlight On New Talent” column. Mike also “discovered” dozens of other guitarists and bassists that went on to achieve Stardom, including Billy Sheehan, a somewhat unknown (on a national level) bassist at the time of his feature, 1982. Mike received as many as 500 tapes from guitarists and bassists from all over the world each month and picked the top three to be spotlighted. With this newly achieved international exposure, credibility, and recognition, Beaver turned his efforts to producing instructional materials from 1986-1993, a multitude which ultimately totaled 22 Audio Tapes, 7 Videos, and 8 CD/Book Lessons. These were released and internationally distributed on a handful of labels including Hotlicks, Hal Leonard, MVP, Metal Method, and his own series, entitled “Superchops 4 Bass”.
Both Beaver’s playing ability and the instructional course have received critical acclaim from virtually every major trade magazine in the US as well as from publications in Germany, Japan, and Australia. He’s also written over 100 educational columns, published in such international trade magazines as Bass Player, Bassics, Bass Frontiers, Guitar World, Guitar School, Guitar For The Practicing Musician, The Music Paper, Buzz Magazine and The Monitor.
Dave LaRue is an American bassist who has performed with the Dixie Dregs since 1988 and with the Steve Morse Band since 1989. He also has worked with Dream Theater's John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Jordan Rudess. He plays Music Man bass guitars, among them the "Sterling" and "StingRay 5 five-string" but has mainly switched to their "Bongo" line including four- and five-string fretted and fretless models. From March 2006 to September 2006, he toured with Joe Satriani on the Super Colossal tour. Most recently, LaRue became a member of the supergroup Flying Colors alongside long-time bandmate Steve Morse.