George A. Fletcher, owner
Saratoga Strings owner George Fletcher is a well-known and respected figure on the Capital Region's music scene. He was co-founder of award-winning acoustic duo, The Tequila Mockingbirds, who were voted the Capital region's "Best Acoustic Duo" in Metroland Magazine's 2007 and 2008 readers' polls, “Best Jazz Group" in the 2007 Times Union's "Best of the Capital Region" readers' poll, and tied for 3rd place "Best Jazz Group" in 2011.
George has an extensive list of credits, including having performed and/or recorded with many top artists and sidemen including: Curt Smith (Tears for Fears), Larry Hoppen (Orleans), Dennis Cotton (drummer for Duke Robillard, Savoy Brown, Robert Charels), John Platania (guitarist for Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt), John Sebastian, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Jerry Marotta (drummer for Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Indigo Girls, Robbie Robertson), Tom Marotta (bassist for Lita Ford, Andrew Gold, Karla Bonoff, Laura Branigan), John "Skinny" Regan (bassist for Ace Frehley, Rolling Stones, Stephen Stills, Peter Frampton), Gary "Dr. No" Miller (guitarist for Bad Brains, the Defiant Ones), Daryl Jenifer (bassist for Bad Brains), Steve Burgh (guitarist for Billy Joel, David Bromberg, Bob Dylan, Phoebe Snow), Rick Mullen (bassist for Van Morrison, Don McLean, Commander Cody), Albert Rogers (bassist for Jimmy Weider Band), Randy Charliante (drummer for Jimmy Weider Band, The Band), Mary Joe Kupersmith (guitarist for Jay and the Americans, Joan Jett).
His bands have opened concerts for Ray Charles, Robbie Kreiger (The Doors), The Wailers, Spin Doctors, NRBQ, Popa Chubby, Roomful of Blues, Bill Perry, Murali Coryell, Little Sammy Davis, Bo Diddley, Commander Cody, Tracey Nelson and many others.
George is a third generation professional musician. His father, Tex Fletcher was a recording artist and one of radio and Hollywood's earliest singing cowboys among stars such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. His maternal grandfather, George Henkel was a "Society Orchestra" leader whose bands were well known in New York City and the New York tri-state area. He is supported by Babicz Guitars®, and his acoustic "Identity" and electric "Octane" are his workhorse teaching instruments.
He was also honored as one of Saratoga's "Top 20 (movers and shakers) over 40" by the Saratogian newspaper way back in 2005.
He was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2012, and his band Foldin' Money was likewise inducted the following year.
George has been teaching in the Saratoga Springs, NY area since 2002. He also hosts workshops and clinics, the original JamCamp, and student showcases.