Rocky Athas

ROCKIN' THE BLUES AND SHARIN' THE NEWS!

Legendary Texas Guitarist & Songwriter - #TheLastGreatBluesbreakerGuitarist

Happy Birthday to Glenn "The Voice of Rock" Hughes! Listen NOW!

Please join me in wishing my friend, Glenn Hughes, a rockin' good birthday!   Glenn and I had an amazing time "Gettin' Tighter" for the Tommy Bolin Foundation tour with Johnnie Bolin on drums.  Check it out!   Best known as "The Voice of Rock", Deep Purple bassist, front man for Trapeze, amazing singer/songwriter of Coast to Coast, Tommy Bolin Archive Foundation supporter and now touring with Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa!   Glenn is the real deal!  Happy birthday, brother!  Rock on!  

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Want to See YOUR #TeamRocky Video HERE? Watch THIS!

I totally love it when a fan likes a song so much that they make their own video for it!  This video was created by a fan in Greece!  Want your video featured here? Pick your favorite songs from The Essential Rocky Athas Volume I and II and get creative. I will encourage subscribers to your YouTube channels and share the best ones on all my Official social media platforms!

Want official thumbnail images and official Rocky Athas logos for use in your project?  We got them! Want lyrics for your video? Just ask and we will send them to you! Email rockyathas@yahoo.com and put "VIDEO" in the subject line to get the tools you need. Now, get creative and enjoy the music and help me Keep Rockin' The Blues! 

Tommy Bolin Birthday Tribute!

Time for a little guitar history lesson.  In the 70's, Joe Walsh recommended a phenomenal guitar player named Tommy Bolin to replace him in The James Gang.  A year later, Tommy moved on to replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple and his legacy grew.  After his death, I met his brother, Johnnie who played drums with Black Oak Arkansas at the same time as I did.  That friendship led to playing with Johnnie and Glenn Hughes for the Tommy Bolin Tribute tours and a great musical performance was released from that experience!  We had such a rockin' good time working together that Johnnie offered me one of Tommy's acoustic songs that had never been released for my upcoming Miracle album and Johnnie played drums on it!  Slow Driver is that song and as they say...the rest is history!  Happy Birthday, Tommy!  

YES!  That is Tommy Bolin jamming with Lynyrd Skynyrd on his Explorer.

Music Monday - High Cost of Lovin'

Please SHARE #MusicMonday with lyrics with your friends and get Monday rockin' in the right direction, everybody!  #MusicChangesLives

Prices getting higher,

Every day.

When it comes to good lovin',

It's the same old way.

High Cost of Love,

Getting higher everyday.

Seems the less I get,

The more I have to pay.

 

Came home with the groceries,

Said you need some more.

Gave you my last two dollars,

Said you need three or four.

High Cost of Love,

Getting higher everyday.

Seems the less I get,

The more I have to pay.

 

Got you a leather coat,

Said you wanted mink.

The way you spend my money you'd think you was,

Married to a bank.

High Cost of Love,

Getting higher everyday.

Seems the less I get, 

The more I have to pay.

 

Where I live,

They want to raise my rent.

Before I make a dollar,

You know it's already spent.

High Cost of Love,

Getting higher everyday.

Seems the less I get,

The more I have to pay.

 

Seems the less I get,

The more I have to pay.

MUSIC MONDAY! Please SHARE!

AIN'T NO DOUBT

I don't understand it.
This ain't how I planned it.
What the hell happened to me?

How'd I let you get me?
Mistreat and upset me.
It ain't like you're something to see.

I feel a little weak
From the way that you treat me.
Feels like I'm walking the line sometimes.
.
And I can't get it straight
if you love me or you hate me.
I wish you'd make up your mind.

Ain't No Doubt about it
I can live without it.
 
Gonna take some time out.
See if I can find out
Where I'm gonna go from here.

Do I keep on trying?
Or am I just denying
The truth
When you're making it clear?

I feel a little used
And I feel confused and
Feel like I'm losing my mind sometimes

And it's hard for me to know
Just where I stand,
You're always blurring the lines.

Ain't No Doubt about it
I can live without it.

I've been trying to hold out.
Feeling like I sold out.
Why won't you listen to me?
You're headed for a fall
And you don't care at all,
And I can't make you see!
No, No, No, No

I don't understand it.
This ain't how I planned it.
What the hell happened to me?

How'd I let you get me?
Mistreat and upset me.
It ain't like you're something to see.

I feel a little weak
from the way that you treat me.
Feel like I'm walking the line sometimes

And I can't get it straight
If you love me or you hate me.
I wish you'd make up your mind.

Ain't No Doubt about it, 
I can live without it.

Now that I've thought about it,
I can live without it.

Before accepting the coveted role of guitarist for John Mayall's legendary Bluesbreakers, Rocky Athas had established a long, successful solo career.

Partnering repeatedly with Grammy Award-winning producer Jim Gaines, Rocky Athas has released a series of albums, including Miracle, Voodoo Moon, and Lightning Strikes Twice, and his band of Texas musicians has wowed audiences.

By the age of 23, the Oak Cliff, Texas native had been included in Buddy Magazine's now-legendary list of Top Ten Guitarists --one of the first and youngest to receive the honor. Over time, Rocky has shared that honor with the likes of Eric Johnson, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons (of ZZtop), and Johnny Winter.

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."

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!

Rocky's entire catalog including The Essential Rocky Athas series is available at www.rockyathas.com, Amazon, iTunes and worldwide wherever  you shop for good music!   

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