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!
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.
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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!
Texas Cannonball was written by Rocky Athas and Buddy Miles for the Bluesberries album, to honor the master, Freddie King. The Bluesberries album with Buddy Miles and Double Trouble was recorded in 2002. Happy Birthday, Freddie King!