“Tracii has been so important. I’ve always loved his playing – I’m extremely grateful to have him as a mentor”: Schooled by Tracii Guns and serving in three hard-rock powerhouses, Sam Bam Koltun is a Les Paul aficionado to watch

Sam Bam Koltun performs live
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At 28, Sam Bam Koltun is an odd juxtaposition alongside the elder statesmen he pals around with. But that’s no bother. “It’s not too weird,” he says. “I came up as a kid playing in bars when I was 12, so even then, the guys I played with were older. I’m conditioned to working with older musicians.”

That’s good news for him, as Koltun is an integral part of Faster Pussycat, which featured guitarists Brent Muscat and Ace Von Johnson before him.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.