Texas bandleader, songwriter and film-maker, Guy Schwartz, is about to release his 47th album with a renewed commitment to live performances on the road.
Hailed as a hero in his hometown of Houston, Texas, for a career in music that goes back to the ’60s, Guy Schwartz’ unwavering support of local musicians in Houston has led to his being called ‘The Godfather of The Local Music Scene’ by The Houston Press, and his band, The New Jack Hippies, have been called “Texas premiere blues-rock, hippie jam band”, by Nashville’s Billy Block.
Schwartz, primarily known as a rocker/bluesrocker, has been a sideman for a diverse set of artists, including John Lee Hooker, Vince Bell, Lightnin’ Hopkins, BW Stevenson, Blaze Foley, Jimmy Reed, Lionel Hampton & The Monkees, and, his bands (including Relayer, The New Jack Hippies, and Z-Rocks) have shared the stage with the likes of Nickle Creek, David Lindley, U2, Eric Johnson, Muddy Waters, Duran Duran, Huey Lewis & The News, Todd Rundgren, Carolyn Wonderland, Van Gunn, The Thieves, ZZTop, and many more…
On his current tour (2011), Guy Schwartz will leave the band behind, as he straps on his blues guitar to play with other bands in his home region and sing some of his favorite songs from 46 years of songwriting. The songs include his love songs, rock songs, country songs, weed songs, and unconventional blues songs, recorded by artists as varied as Hamilton Loomis, Kinky Friedman, Gloria Edwards & The Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra.
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