Thursday, December 23, 2010


Tony Smotherman was born November 1, 1979 in Athens, Greece. At the age of 15, Tony was introduced to the music of Johan Sebastian Bach. His passion for Bach inspired him to take classical guitar lessons. Within a few months Tony was practicing at least six hours a day. With only three years of classical guitar lessons behind him, Tony was recognized for his outstanding musical abilities. It was during Tony's senior year that one of his teachers submitted some of Tony's musical work to Queen Elizabeth II. Her Highness not only received his music, but also sent notes of encouragement, describing his classical guitar skills as "highly sophisticated."
Tony wanted to strengthen his abilities, and feeling challenged by the instrument, bought his first electric guitar. Early influences were Jimi Hendrix and Yngwie Malmsteen. In mid 2000, Tony dared to bend his strings into another dimension. He began to experiment with the sitar and sarod, two important instruments in Northern Indian classical music. Tony became motivated him to create his own style, using the techniques and vital nuances that bring the vocal-like quality of Indian music to the electric guitar. Tony has been featured numerous times in Guitar World and Guitar Player magazine and was also mentioned in the Guitar world article "The top 50 fastest guitarists of all time"(July 2008)
In 2006 Tony Began touring with Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles, in which the two toured the east coast . Since , Tony has opened for, played with, or toured with such guitar greats as Richie Kotzen, Adrian Legg, Rick Derringer , Derek Trucks Band,Vernon Reid (In Living Color), and many more. in 2010 Tony shot an instructional video for Rock House Method that will be released sometime in 2011. Tony's tongue-in-cheek Master Class titled "Licks of the Absurd" has been a growing underground event amongst up and coming rock guitarists . Tony continues to expand and explore guitar and it's outer limits.

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