Born and raised in New Mexico and spending several years on the Los Angeles music scene , Guitarist/ Vocalist/ Songwriter/Producer Arnold Cardon (AC) has performed and recorded with Artists such as: Jennifer Batten ( Guitarist for Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck) , Norman Brown ( Grammy Award Winner, MoJazz, Warner Bros) Gerald Veasley ( Weather Report, Joe Zawinul), Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk, The Meters), Duff McCagen (Guns and Roses, and Velvet Revolver), Nick Daniels III (Neville Brothers, Dumpstaphunk, Boz Scaggs), Money B (Digital Underground ) , Brian Becvar ( Celine Dion, John Cougar, Michael Bolton, Real Music Label Artist), John Harrington
(Steely Dan), to name a few.
AC has celebrated a single instrumental release for Paul McCartney’s Garland Appeal “Familiar Mysteries” compilation album for the Garland Appeal Series to fight breast cancer featuring AC’s instrumental entitled “Ambience”
AC’s musical diversity has brought him to open for many headliner acts throughout the years to include Heart, Alice Cooper, Chevelle, Run-D-MC, Lone Star, Manhattan Transfer and Tower Of Power to name a few, as well as touring abroad performing for high profile entities such as The HardRock Café and Carnival Cruise Lines
AC was the featured guitarist on the Late
Night talk show “The After After Party” with Steven Michael Quezada from the TV
show “Breaking Bad” performing on the first 12 episodes with The James Douglas
Show house band.
AC’s studio guitar work can be heard on many releases throughout the Southwest ranging from Country, Flamenco, Funk to Rock/Metal and even on Latin and Jazz radio from New Mexico, Colorado to California with some of his studio work earning a New Mexico Award
AC has performed for many charities including the AIDS Project of New Mexico (Entertainment Director and Performer), Dress the Child Foundation, The American Red Cross, as well as performing for Senator/ Congressman Steve Pierce, New Mexico Governors Bill Richardson and Susana Martinez.
AC’s most recent bands include: Denver Blues legend Erica Brown, The Bosque Kings, and The James Douglas Show
- AC’s teaching credentials include:
- Guitar and Garage band instructor for The Music Tree Preparatory School, Zachary, LA
- Guitar and Rock Band Instructor for Hobbs Public Schools Fine Arts and 21 Century programs
- Musical Program Director for River’s Academy Private School, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
- After school Guitar Program Director for Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Las Cruces, NM.
- Guitar Program Director for City of Rio Rancho, NM Recreation Center
- Clinician at Hobbs, NM public schools – Jazz Guitar and Jazz Band
- Owner of Cardon Productions private guitar instruction
AC is a Graduate of Musicians Institute
College of Contemporary Music- GIT
AC is fully endorsed by Godin Guitars, Essential Sound Products and Dava guitar picks