Guitar maestro Josh Smith has always been inventive in his work, but he goes the extra mile on this one by delivering the feel of one of his live performances even though this CD was recorded within the confines of his new Flat V Studios…
Josh White had a long and varied career, beginning as a session guitarist in the 1920s, then had his own run of stellar blues 78s for Paramount and Columbia in the 1930s, becoming a cabaret bluesman in New York in the 1940s, only to be blacklisted as the McCarthy era dawned, which led to his association with Jac Holzman's fledgling Elektra label in 1955.
Artur Menezes is a highly respected Brazilian blues rock guitarist, currently based in Los Angeles. Menezes headlined numerous festivals and toured across South America, Mexico and the UK before moving the US in 2016. He won the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist at the Blues Foundation's 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where he also took third place in the overall competition. In 2019 he was the Grand Prize Winner in a contest promoted by Ernie Ball, winning the opportunity to perform at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. FADING AWAY, Menezes's fifth album (his second in the US), showcases his impressive guitar skills as well as his inspired singing and songwriting, with 10 original compositions. Produced by Josh Smith, the album features guest appearances by Smith as well as Joe Bonamassa. The guitar tones are distinctive, and the production features complex arrangements, layered guitar and background vocal tracks.
Gary Hoey released his new blues album NEON HIGHWAY BLUES on March 15, 2019 on Provogue Records. Starting with 2013's DEJA BLUES and continuing with 2016's DUST & BONES, Hoey has tapped into his early musical influences and applied his own feral skills to take the format in a unique direction. He stays in the same lane on his latest endeavor, NEON HIGHWAY BLUES, steering its 11 tracks with the confidence and assuredness of a veteran and the freshness of someone who's still in the process of discovery and refinement – with the help of famous friends such as Eric Gales, Lance Lopez, Josh Smith and Hoey's 17-year-old son Ian.