Sunday, May 31, 2009

Catching waves with guitar hero GARY HOEY! An interview with a genius!

I am ultra-excited to be able to present this to everyone. After admiring the guitar wizard from afar for over ten years, I finally got an opportunity to interview with one of my musical heroes, GARY HOEY.

Here is a bit of a teaser:

When someone utters the term “guitar hero”, several names (aside from the obvious video game) are immediately conjured – legendary axemen like Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and Yngwie Malmsteen are but a few. For some strange reason, Massachusetts born (and [spiritually] California-raised) string-smith Gary Hoey is rarely at the forefront of the guitar-slinging pantheon. But he is there nonetheless, shredding licks and melting picks along with those the public deems “godly”. He does not rest within the confines of any one genre; his music embraces multiple styles (sometimes simultaneously), including metal, rock, blues, surf, and a touch of good old funky jazz for flavor.

During the past two decades, Hoey has recorded nine incredibly diverse studio albums (one of which being the soundtrack to the cult surfing film The Endless Summer II), an intense live album, and three very well-received Christmas albums. He also has provided music for DISNEY, ESPN, No Fear, and has even performed the National Anthem for the New England Patriots, San Diego Padres, and the Boston Red Sox. Last year, he became the host of the inaugural Rock the Waves Cruise in coordination with Best Music Cruises. And this year, he is setting sail again.

Prior to he and his band (bassist Erik Kontz and former Event drummer Matt Scurfield) entering the studio to record the next album, Hoey is embarking on a brief clinic tour, where he will be demonstrating some new gear from Fender.

Check out the full interview here!

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