Stow high school student AJ Garduño discusses viral video on podcast

The beatings keep coming for a junior from Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

It’s been two months since 17-year-old AJ Garduño took the stage for a student talent show and wowed the audience with his self-taught guitar skills.

And the notoriety of his four-minute performance has yet to diminish. It can be viewed at

In an interview for the Now You Know Akron podcast, Garduño said a video of the performance posted on YouTube now has over 368,000 views.

Garduño’s now famous guitar mix included riffs from some of his heroes; “Big Sur Moon (Live Version)” by Buckethead; “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne; “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC; “Tequila” by The Champs: “Beat It” by Michael Jackson and “Eruption” by Eddie Van Halen.

Why Sony Should Profit From AJ Garduño’s Use of “Tequila”

But it was the inclusion of the legendary song “Tequila” that thrilled the crowd, he said, but caught the ear of the copyright police.

Garduño said in the interview that any potential monetary gain from the thousands upon thousands of views of the YouTube video goes to Sony.

He has his own YouTube channel where he posts new music videos of covers and original works.

Garduño even performed a bit during the NYKA podcast.

What’s next for AJ Garduño?

As for the future, Garduño said, music will always be a part of his life, but he’s still trying to keep his feet on the ground and find a way to pay the bills once he graduates from high school.

“At this point, I’d like to go to college to study like audio mechanics and stuff like that,” he said. “I would love to learn how to fix guitar amps and stuff. It would be a really fun thing to do, because that’s what I do at home anyway.”

But for now, he’s basking in the life of a social media rock star.

A few invitations to perform have already arrived and even one to jam with a band at a concert in Cuyahoga Falls this summer.

“I procrastinate a bit, mostly because of school and stuff,” he said. “But I would love to play with them and have the experience of playing with a live band.

“It would be a great experience for me.”

You can download or subscribe to the Now You Know Akron podcast through Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify.

Craig Webb, who, in addition to hosting the Now You Know Akron podcast, dreamed of being a acoustic guitarist crushed by ill-fated public performance by John Denver “Grandma’s Featherbed” in her youth, can be reached at [email protected]

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