Rocky Athas Band

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By age 23, Rocky Athas was honored as one of Texas' Ten Best guitarists as an inductee to BUDDY Magazine's TexasTornadoes.  He holds this honor with such noted guitarists as ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Eric Johnson, Bugs Henderson, Johnny Winter, John Nitzinger, and Jimmy Vaughan.  Athas grew up playing neighborhood gigs with childhood pal Stevie Ray Vaughan, and shortly thereafter flip-flopped headliner chores in a series of shows with another friend, Eric Johnson. No Less than Billy Gibbons, Pantera's “Dime-Bag” Darrell Abbott, and the New Bohemians' Kenny Withrow are long-time admirers of the Oak Cliff guitarist. 

Rocky wasn't only recognized by Texas musicians, the English rock band “Thin Lizzy” wrote the song ‘Cocky Rocky” after hearing Rocky play one night at “Mother Blues”, a local Dallas club.  Queen guitarist Brian May was also on hand for those performances and was so floored by Rocky's finger tapping style that he incorporated it on the next Queen album.  May later revealed that it was the guitarist from Mother Blues who first introduced him to this style, well before Eddie Van Halen became known for this.

Tony Sweet, president of the UK blues label Armadillo Records came to Texas and was blown away by Rocky, Larry Samford on vocals, along with Tommy Palmer on keyboards, and Jimmy Pendleton & Guthrie Kinnard (who Tony had worked with on past projects).  This latest venture is called 'Voodoo Moon'.  It has been released in Europe and the US.  This could just be what the blues audience has been waiting for!