Rocky Athas with special guest Griff Hamlin and FM 409
Rocky Athas, known by critics and fans as The Texas Tornado, The Malice from Dallas, The Young Eric Clapton and The Last Great Bluesbreaker Guitarist, possesses an arsenal of punishing guitar riffs and catchy hooks that have opened every door. From his first solo album at Willie Nelson's studio with multi-Grammy winning producer, Jim Gaines, to recording with Buddy Miles and SRV's Double Trouble to Glenn Hughes, Joe Walsh and John Mayall, Rocky has a blues rock pedigree that reads like a Who's Who of musicians. You might not know how to pronounce his name correctly, but you will most certainly remember his playing! With his wonderfully crafted new album "Shakin' The Dust" Rocky is here to announce his return from the international touring stage with The Godfather of British Blues to reclaim his rightful place front and center delivering his musical message with Texas style.
After carrying the mantle of the coveted role of lead guitarist with John Mayall's legendary Bluesbreakers for eight years, Rocky Athas renewed his successfully established solo career. The much anticipated reunion between Rocky's good friend and multi-Grammy winning producer, Jim Gaines, delivered Shakin' the Dust to rave reviews and garnered a nomination for Album of the Year!
Partnering repeatedly with Grammy Award-winning producer Jim Gaines, Rocky Athas has released a series of albums, including Miracle, Voodoo Moon, Lightning Strikes Twice, Let My Guitar Do The Talking...with my friends and his band of Texas musicians wows audiences everywhere they go.
t the beginning of his career, Rocky was the creative vortex behind Lightning, one of the biggest draws in Texas nightclub history, regularly opening for national acts.
FM409 is an exciting blues/rock band new to the North Texas music scene. This group of professional musicians will keep you on the edge of your seat with spontaneous outbursts of killer solos, fiery technique, soulful vocals, and undeniable chemistry. These guys who have been playing together for YEARS…the fun they have on stage should be illegal! Featuring Griff Hamlin on guitar, Mark Smith on bass, Ty Bailie on keys and Chris Atchley on drums…you’ll never hear a song played the same way once.