Rocky Athas

ROCKIN' THE BLUES AND SHARIN' THE NEWS!

Legendary Texas Guitarist & Songwriter - #TheLastGreatBluesbreakerGuitarist

Veterans Day Tribute - Watch Now!

Please join me in thanking all veterans for their service and sacrifice.  This song, Survival, was written about the feelings of returning veterans.  When you see a veteran in the airport, or walking down the street, or even out shopping, please take the time to thank them for their service.

My family has deep military roots that make me proud to be an American and want to give back.   Survival is available on The Essential Rocky Athas - Volume II and this week a portion of all  sales of this album will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project.  You can help by downloading a digital copy of the album HERE or if you prefer a physical CD, you can purchase it HERE.  Thanks for supporting our veterans! 

SURVIVAL - LYRICS

Why did you pick me?

There must be someone else.

What have I done wrong?

Being all alone,

I sure do miss my home.

I sure do miss my home.

 

Bodies all around, 

My best friend... he's shot down.

Why was I the one to endure

The threat of SURVIVAL?

 

I know what we do is right,

And I'm feeling your prayers tonight.

I'm feeling your prayers tonight.

Cause it's a dirt poor country here.

These people's lives are filled

With pain and tears.

Lives are filled with tears.

 

Bodies all around.

My best friend... he's shot down.

Why was I the one to endure

The threat of SURVIVAL?

 

So far from home,

And I'm all alone.

Stuck here on the darkest night

That I've ever seen before.

 

Now, they say we're wrong.

They've been lied to for so long.

Lied to for so long.

 

And many men have died,

At home their families cried,

Their families cried.

 

Bodies all around.

My best friend... he's shot down.

Why am I the one to endure

The threat of SURVIVAL?

 

Bodies all around.

My best friend...he's shot down.

Why am I the one to endure 

The threat of SURVIVAL?

John Lennon Birthday Tribute! Please SHARE the love!

Clearly, John Lennon was (and is) my most influential artist.  I spent my childhood mesmerized by him and my adulthood studying his artistry in song structure.  This recording is the result of deconstructing Dear Prudence with Walter Watson.   All of the tracks are performed solely by the two of us.  Walter did an amazing job on all of the vocal parts.  I handled all of the bass and guitar duties. Man....did we have a good time in the studio!   Thank you, John and Happy Birthday! 

Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute

I met Steve in the 5th grade at a talent show.  In the audience, sitting on the first row, was Stevie Ray.  We didn't call him that back then...he was just Steve.  After I played, Steve came up to me and said "Hey, I saw you playing guitar and I play guitar, too."  From that day on, we were friends that talked endlessly about guitars and Jimi Hendrix.  Listen very carefully to the end of the song and you will hear how I voiced my guitar with my wah wah to say "Stevie Ray, Where have you gone?" Happy Birthday to my friend. 

It was really nice to have someone like-minded, as we were, in those early days of our childhood.  To this day, I still love talking about guitars and Hendrix.   Wow...what cool days those were.  

This video is just so cool because it shows how Steve just strapped on his guitar and went to town.  I love it!  He was one with his guitar. 

Rocky with Jimmie Vaughan at the Wildflower Music Festival talking out their Oak Cliff days.

Rocky with Jimmie Vaughan at the Wildflower Music Festival talking out their Oak Cliff days.

Buddy Miles Birthday Tribute - Rock & Roll the Blues

The collaboration with Buddy Miles on The Bluesberries album with Double Trouble in 2002 produced many timeless tracks.  On this track, Rock and Roll the Blues, Buddy tells a great story the way only the Buddy Miles could do it.   Give it a listen and smile!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUDDY MILES!  

The Bluesberries Album was Rocky's introduction to Jim Gaines, the Grammy Award winning producer for Santana, Steve Miller, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others.   After this meeting, Rocky and Jim became life long friends and Jim produced Rocky's solo albums.  

Rocky's newest album with Jim Gaines will be released soon!  

At home with Jim Gaines and his wife, Sandy Carroll in Tennessee.

At home with Jim Gaines and his wife, Sandy Carroll in Tennessee.

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