Rocky Athas

ROCKIN' THE BLUES AND SHARIN' THE NEWS!

Legendary Texas Guitarist & Songwriter - #TheLastGreatBluesbreakerGuitarist

Throw Back Thursday!

As an artist I always want to be moving forward but I know that #TBT is fun and nostalgic for everyone so....here's a live performance of Home Again - the second song I ever wrote.  Please enjoy a little walk down memory lane.  #ThrowBackThursday 

This video was shot at The Granada Theater in 2007 with my son, Rocky II, on bass and original Lightning singer and drummer, Walter Watson.     We were just having some fun!

Music Monday with My Black Beauty!

Grammy Award winning producer, Jim Gaines, and I recorded several albums together before joining the legendary John Mayall.  Tearin' Me Up is one of my favorite tracks from that collaboration and is available now on The Essential Rocky Athas - Volume I.  Please enjoy & "share" with your friends!  

For all you guitar geeks, on this track I played my 1968 Gibson Custom Black Beauty and 1957 Les Paul Junior.  All guitars played on this album are listed on the exclusive alternate album art card included FREE with the purchase of the album HERE.

TEARIN' ME UP - Lyrics

Tearin' Me Up,

Why you do me like you do?

Tearin' Me Up,

When I'd do anything for you?

No matter what I do,

It just don't seem enough.

You're Tearin' Me Up.

 

Using me up,

Think I'm headed for a fall.

Using me up,

You'll be gone when you got it all,

Got it all.

Throwing my love away,

Like an old paper cup.

Using me up.

 

It's eating me up.

I don't see how this can last.

It's eating me up,

And I feel I'm fading fast.

It's like I'm addicted to you,

And I can't get enough

And it's eating me up.

No matter what I do,

It just don't seem enough.

You're Tearin' Me Up.

 

Eric Clapton Birthday Tribute!

Please join me in wishing Eric Clapton a big "Happy Birthday" today.  When I saw Eric Clapton and Cream as a kid, it changed everything for me.  White Room was one of my favorites with Eric's amazing tone and melodic technique with a Wah-Wah on full display.   I wanted to pay tribute to the master on his birthday staying as close to his original recording as possible using my 1965 Gibson SG and vintage 1969 Vox Wah-Wah.   Please enjoy & SHARE!  Thank you for your inspiration, Eric!

Walter Watson handled the vocals and drums on this recording and I played guitar and bass.  It is available as a never before released bonus track on The Essential Rocky Athas - Volume I

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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George Harrison Birthday Tribute! Play NOW and Enjoy!

Everybody knows how much I love The Beatles so we can't forget that today is George Harrison's birthday.  This recording of Something is a tribute created by Walter Watson and myself and we had a blast putting this together!  Please join me in celebrating and remembering the "quiet" Beatle whose lead work on this song is full of blues and emotion.  I have always been such a fan that the image of George Harrison's autograph is from my personal collection.

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