Since winning Buddy Guy's Legends 1998 "Best Unsigned Blues Band" competition, this ultra-talented and funky blues band has been busy, sharing the stage with national legends like Guy, Koko Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, Lucky Peterson, Eddie King, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Big Jack Johnson, Otis Clay, Eddie C. Campbell, the Bar-Kays, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and Sugar Blue. They also played at the 1999 Chicago Blues Festival...
Downbeat Magazine refers to them as "future legends."
In addition to their critically-acclaimed debut CD, Blues in Technicolor, the group plans to release two more new discs in the next nine months, the acoustic Sweet Stringin' Soul in fall/winter '99, and an electric recording in early 2000.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Gomes' first band -- which he describes as a seven-piece "Santana meets the Rolling Stones" funky blues rock group, won $10k in a "new Talent Search" contest. After finishing his masters degree at the University of Toronto (his thesis was about the racial evolution of blues music), he moved to Chicago and began working with Magic Slim & the Teardrops.
Other members of the group are guitarist Dan "King" Kahn (ex-Ramblers), drummer Brian "BJ" Jones (who has played with the Staple Singers, James Cotton, Lucky Peterson, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, and Joanna Connor. He's also recorded with James Cotton, Junior Wells, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Mighty Joe Young, and Larry Gardner.), and bassist Slammin' Sam Green.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.anthonygomes.com/
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