Anthony Gomes Pushes Rock, Blues To New Levels

An interview with guitarist Anthony Gomes was featured on the July 14 edition of Greasy Tracks.

Click here to listen to the archive, while a playlist is here.

Testifying: Anthony Gomes at the Windsor Bluesfest in Windsor, Ontario in 2016. (Gene Schilling photo) .

Testifying: Anthony Gomes at the Windsor Bluesfest in Windsor, Ontario in 2016. (Gene Schilling photo) .

Gomes leads a trio featuring bassist Sean Holland and Jeremy Howard on drums at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on July 19.

Redefining blues-rock, Gomes believes that there can be a “message in the music” and strives to deliver a potent brand of original material that carries the spirit of the roots of blues, but he isn’t shy about giving a nod to key influences such as Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins, B.B. King, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Rory Gallagher and Jeff Beck whom he refers to as “the greatest living guitarist.”

Born in Toronto, but based in St. Louis, Gomes has spent time honing his playing and writing chops in Nashville and Chicago. He’s released a dozen studio and live recordings, played in nearly 20 countries and shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Back in town: Anthony Gomes leads a trio at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on July 19.

Back in town: Anthony Gomes leads a trio at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on July 19.

Gomes has been able to take his passion for music beyond the recording studio and stage via his non-profit  organization, Music Is The Medicine Foundation  which he founded in 2010. The group has helped children with cancer, young adults with autism and war veterans with PTSD. It has also funded songwriting scholarships, offered musical education programs and donated musical instruments and recording equipment to organizations in the United States and Canada.

He plans to release his 12th studio album, Peace, Love and Loud Guitars, this fall.

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