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Shine debuts at #1 on Billboard Blues Chart
"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard." -Living Blues Magazine
GTBB's new album Shine debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. Recently headlining the blues stage at The Montreal Jazz Festival, Beale Street’s latest success story, 5-time Blues Blast Music Award Nominee and International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S., Canada and Europe with their "second-line horn entrance," cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. The band's stage show and energy is unparalleled and has been called the best new live blues show in the world.
Horns, harmonies and homegrown instruments combined with an energetic and roots rich festival set makes Ghost Town Blues Band one of the “must see live bands on the festival scene today.” Both Andrew McNeill behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind multi-instrumentalist/frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and raspy "Dr. John-like, whiskey and gravel-soaked vocals." With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Cedric Taylor on B3 and Taylor Orr on lead guitar, the grooves go from fresh to funky as the band gains more notoriety in the blues festival and jam circuit. Ghost Town Blues Band has performed all across US and Canada at over 100+ festivals and will perform more than a half-dozen international tours in Canada and Europe in 2019.
“GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.” -Living Blues Magazine
- 2019 B.B. King International Entertainer of the Year Nominee - Maple Blues Awards (Canada)
- 2018- #4 Billboard Blues Chart
- 2018 Tennessee Music Award Winner "Best Blues Band"
- 2018 3-Time Blues Blast Music Award Nominee
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.
At 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.
By the age of 23, the Oak Cliff, Texas native had been included in Buddy Magazine's now-legendary list of Top Guitarists - one of the first and the youngest to receive the honor. Rocky shares that honor with Eric Johnson, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons (of ZZtop), and Johnny Winter.
Moving on from Lightning, Rocky began appearing as the lead guitarist for national acts, including the southern rock one-of-a-kind Jim Dandy and Black Oak Arkansas. Two of BOA's greatest hits, "Ready as Hell" and "Wild Bunch", were written by Rocky and feature his playing.
While playing with BOA, Rocky was introduced to the Bolin brothers--drummer extraordinaire Johnnie Bolin, and Tommy Bolin (of Deep Purple and James Gang). Johnnie and Rocky cemented a life-long bond as brothers. After Tommy's death, Rocky performed, toured, and recorded Tommy Bolin Tribute shows with Johnnie in support of the Tommy Bolin Archives foundation. Joining them for these efforts was their friend and amazing vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes, of Deep Purple and Trapeze.
Throughout his career, Rocky has been asked about his friendship with Stevie Ray Vaughan, a fellow Oak Cliff native and legendary guitarist. Rocky is extremely proud of their shared Oak Cliff roots and their friendship. In Kerri Leigh's biography Stevie Ray Soul To Soul, Rocky shares some stories of that early friendship, before either Rocky or Stevie had known music or fame. In 2000, Rocky worked with Buddy Miles and Stevie Ray Vaughan's rhythm section, Double Trouble, on The Bluesberries album for Ruf Records. Rocky also recorded the classic Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" for Ruf Records' album Blue Haze - Songs of Jimi Hendrix.
While working on The Bluesberries project, Rocky forged a friendship with Grammy Award-winning producer Jim Gaines, who has worked with Santana, Steve Miller, Journey, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and who was named Blues Producer of the Year in 2003. As the friendship flourished, Rocky wrote, recorded, and released his first worldwide album, Miracle, produced by Jim.
In the late oughts, Rocky was made an offer he couldn't refuse: John Mayall, the iconic "Godfather of British Blues", had asked him to play lead guitar on his next album. Needless to say, Rocky was honored to be recognized for his skill and thrilled to join Mayall's legendary outfit, The Bluesbreakers. Former members included Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and Mick Taylor. Within weeks of the call from John Mayall, they were together in the studio working on Tough. The album was a smashing success, and Rocky's performance did not go unnoticed. Guitar Player Magazine wrote that Rocky was, "a veteran Texas gunslinger with a wicked tone and a thriving solo career of his own."
Over the next few years, Rocky continued to record and tour with Mayall's The Bluesbreakers. Mayall's album A Special Life featured stellar guitar performances by Rocky, prompting Neil Spencer of Uncut Magazine to highly praise the new work, "... whose guitarist, Rocky Athas, recalls the young Eric Clapton."
With a mutual admiration nurtured by thousands of miles on the road together, Rocky was proud to stand next to John Mayall, rockin’ the blues around the world and blazing a fresh, new, innovative sound with the veteran bluesman.
In September of 2016, John Mayall announced that he would reduce his performance format to a trio and become his own guitar player. While Rocky no longer tours with the band, he holds nothing but respect and gratitude for its founding member.
In 2014, Rocky released Let My Guitar Do The Talking...With My Friends on Cherryburst Records. The album is "all-instrumental, all-guitar, all the time" and samples several vintage guitars from Rocky's personal collection. It also features guest appearances by long-time friend and fellow Texan Smokin' Joe Kubek and an exclusive performance by John Mayall on keyboards,
In 2015, the ultimate, commemorative Rocky Athas series was released, highlighting Rocky's most crowd-pleasing solo work. Also included are never-before-released bonus tracks paying homage to artists who influenced him, like Eric Clapton and Leslie West. The release of The Essential Rocky Athas - Volume I & II is hailed globally by critics as "a delectable album tailor-made for the blues enthusiast" filled with "delicious howling guitar riffs".
Don't miss this authentic Texas guitar legend and former Bluesbreaker!
Griff Hamlin And The Single Barrel Blues Band is an 8-piece, powerhouse, “big-fun-blues-band” that will bend your understanding of what you think the blues is all about. Packed with gritty vocals, Griff’s signature blazing guitar licks, a rhythm section like no other, jaw dropping solos, and a 4-piece horn section that takes everything to the next level - this band will have you out of your seat in no time.
Although the band was formed in 2018, it’s members have been playing together long before that…1993 to be exact! That’s when Griff Hamlin (Lead Guitar/Vocals) and Mark Smith (Bass) started it all. Over time, as the stars aligned, so did the rest of the band. Ty Bailie (Keys/Katy Perry) and Chris Atchley (Drums) complete the rhythm section, who are having so much fun, you sometimes forget how ridiculously brilliant they are. Simply put, you just haven’t lived until you’ve witnessed Griff and Ty share a stage…and a blues chorus…or ten! The horn section is the Luxardo cherry on top of this band. With custom arrangements by Nashville great Tim Akers, the horns are everything you’d want a killer horn section to be - tight, tight, and tight. All 4 horns have been playing together in the Disneyland Band since 2015, and it shows. Jonathan Bradley (Trumpet), Eric Letta (Alto and Tenor Saxophones), Kevin Hicks (Trombone) and Griff’s wife, Laura Hamlin (Baritone Saxophone) drive this band all the way to the top shelf.
“I’ll Drink To That”, GHSBBB’s debut album of 10 original songs written by Griff Hamlin, dropped on April 26, 2019. Within hours, it was #1 on the iTunes charts. Then, on May 7, 2019, the album secured the #9 spot on Billboard Magazines Top Blues Albums chart! The band has performed to sold out audiences at the Tacoma Guitar Festival in Washington, several venues around the SoCal area, and will travel to Arizona in June for the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival. We are thrilled to hear our music regularly on many radio stations nation and world wide, including BB King’s Bluesville on Sirius XM, and locally with Gary “The Wagman” Wagner on 88.1 KJZZ.
Blueschild~ Dedicated musicians performing original tunes and covers. Led by front man, Hula Haze, a long time Texas Blues performer. Supported on guitar by the old Englishman, Rod Davies. James Taylor Duty on Sax. Jason Weisenborn on drums. John Hogue on bass.