Rocky Athas


Legendary Texas Blues Rock Guitarist & Songwriter 

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Jimi Hendrix Birthday Tribute - WATCH NOW!

A entire generation of guitarists were inspired and influenced by Jimi Hendrix, who was born November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. All of my guitar friends were equally mesmerized by his playing and stage presence and I even experienced his live show three times! He was amazing to watch! When it was time to record, Shakin’ The Dust, I couldn’t resist recording one of Hendrix’s lesser known works from his Woodstock performance, Villanova Junction. Please enjoy, share and celebrate the Hendrix legacy! And don’t forget to play it LOUD!

When I was a kid, Jimi Hendrix was by far my favorite guitar player.  As an adult, one of the many benefits of being friends with Buddy Miles, drummer for Band of Gypsys, was hearing his countless amazing and inspirational stories about playing with Jimi.  So, imagine how thrilled and honored I was to be asked to record a Jimi Hendrix classic with the drummer who actually played with him.   It was a rare and extraordinary experience.

Buddy Miles, Double Trouble and I paid our respects to Hendrix with our rendition of The Wind Cries Mary with Grammy Award winning producer, Jim Gaines at the wheel.  This track was included on the album Blue Haze - Songs of Jimi Hendrix.  For all you gear heads who are curious, I recorded this track using my all original 1960 Strat through a 1959 cream colored Bassman amp!   

Buddy Miles Birthday Tribute! Watch NOW!

Buddy Miles was an amazing musician with many historic music experiences that he joyfully shared.  The collaboration with Buddy Miles on The Bluesberries album with Double Trouble in 2002 produced many timeless tracks but on this track, Rock and Roll the Blues, Buddy tells a biographical story the way only the Buddy Miles could do it.   Play it LOUD while you enjoy watching rock history and smile!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUDDY!  Thank you for sharing your gift!

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.  

At home with Jim Gaines and his wife, Sandy Carroll.

At home with Jim Gaines and his wife, Sandy Carroll.

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! 

#TBT with Buddy Miles and Double Trouble! Play it NOW & Play it LOUD!

In 2002, Buddy Miles and SRV's rhythm section, Double Trouble, and myself went in the studio and created The Blues Berries album.  We had a great time recording in Texas and this is one of my favorite tracks from the album.  Please enjoy & share the good attitude with your friends! 

Always remember that no matter what is going on in your life that "Life IS What You Make It" and smile and then turn it up LOUD & Play it AGAIN! 



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