Rocky Athas


Legendary Texas Blues Rock Guitarist & Songwriter 

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

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.

My Beatles Influence - Because

I saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show and..... I did this!  My ultra cool hairdresser mom actually let me grow my hair out.  Their influence was immediate and long lasting. This performance of BECAUSE is a tribute created by myself on guitar and Walter Watson doing ALL the vocal tracks. How the Beatles came up with such complicated chord structure was a thing of beauty and still amazes me today.

Obviously, I was very proud of learning a bar chord since I am diligently holding one in this photo with my Kingston pawn shop special!  

Music Monday!

Music Monday is here to celebrate original blues music ~ Texas style!  Please share with all your music loving friends!  I hope you enjoy it.  


Had a talk with God this morning

'bout me and you.
Turned my face to the heavens and cried
"God, What am I gonna do
without you baby
and the sweet love we had?"

He said "Stand up tall.
That's all that you can do
and I'll help you through
the last of your blues."

Well, I had to believe it.
I didn't think He'd lie.
But if that was the truth,
Why do I feel like I'm gonna die?

Why it seems the loss
is more than I can stand.
Why it feels like I'm walking
Down dark avenues.
Like I'll never lose
the Last of the Blues.

The time crawls slowly by
Like time sometimes does.
I might not have been in hell
but I could see it
from where I was.

Then one day I woke up
Not thinking of you.
Thought maybe I've seen, maybe I've seen
The Last of the Blues. .Last of the Blues.

Well, I've heard it said
and I believe that it's true
that when one door closes
another opens up for you.

When that door opened
New love walked in.
And now I feel stronger
Like I've been renewed.
And I know that I've seen
The Last of the Blues.

The Last of the Blues... Last of the Blues.

Larry Samford's smokey vocals are hauntingly beautiful.  This song is available on the Essential Rocky Athas - Volume 1.  Get yours today and share with a friend! 



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