Rocky Athas

ROCKIN' THE BLUES AND SHARIN' THE NEWS!

Legendary Texas Blues Rock Guitarist & Songwriter 

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John Mayall Birthday Tribute! WATCH NOW!

At 85, the British blues legend, John Mayall, is planning to return to touring next year.  Let's all wish him a very happy birthday with many more to come!  During my time with John, we created some magical moments on stage and in the studio.  One of the more memorable times between us was created when John appeared on my solo album, Let My Guitar Do The Talking…with my friends, playing organ on Think About It.  Enjoy!   Don't we all hope to still be able to stand on stage at 85?  Cheers to you, John!  

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Watch Freddie King Birthday Tribute "Texas Cannonball" NOW!

Texas Cannonball was written by Rocky Athas and Buddy Miles for the Bluesberries album, to honor the master, Freddie King, who was a fellow Texan that inspired Rocky.   The Bluesberries album was recorded with Buddy Miles and Double Trouble in 2002 with Jim Gaines producing the magic.   Happy Birthday, Freddie King!  Play it LOUD! 

Tommy Bolin Birthday Tribute! Watch NOW!

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 when we both played with Black Oak Arkansas.  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.

John Mayall Birthday Tribute! Please enjoy!

At 84, the British blues legend, John Mayall, shows little signs of slowing down!  Let's all wish him a very happy birthday with many more to come.  During my time with John, we created some magical moments on stage and in the studio.  One of the more memorable times between us was created when John appeared on my solo album playing organ on Think About It.  Enjoy!   Don't we all hope to still be able to stand on stage at 84?  Cheers to you, John!  

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