ST. LOUIS, MO – Anthony Gomes, a #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is thrilled to announce the release of the second single, “Hell and Half of Georgia,” from his upcoming album Containment Blues out October 16, 2020. The video showcases Gomes’ powerful whiskey soaked vocals and gritty blues guitar that fans have come to know and love.
The Toronto singer/songwriter/guitarist is propelling Blues Rock into the contemporary music culture with his unapologetic approach to reinventing the genre in relevant and fresh ways. “The Blues is old, but not tired,” says Anthony, adding, “it speaks as truthfully today, and for this generation, as it ever has.”
Hell and Half of Georgia is put to a sticky must have groove that echoes the blues rock strut of classic 70’s bands like the Faces, T-Rex, and the Rolling Stones. Anthony Gomes discusses the premise of the song,”everyone has been in a bad relationship. Somebody does somebody wrong and there’s no escaping the blues. In this true to life tale, the cheating partner believes that she is being ‘so undercover’ with her deception. But she’s not as clever as she thinks. He’s known all along. In fact, Hell and Half of Georgia know she’s doing him wrong.”
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Containment Blues follows Gomes’ latest award winning album Peace, Love & Loud Guitars released in October of 2018 which was named Blues Rock Review‘s #1 Album of the Year and was named one of Top 20 Albums of 2018 by Rock and Blues Muse.
Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today.
Gomes’ latest album Peace, Love & Loud Guitars, named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and SoundGuardian Magazine, is the culmination of a life spent honoring Blues traditions while never losing sight of his own identity. The Toronto born guitar slinger stands his ground as a creative artist, not a derivative history lesson, and is eager to push the Blues back into the mainstream.
“My goal is to keep the Blues fresh, exciting and even dangerous,” says Gomes. “I want to bring back the thrill longtime Bluesmen created in their day. At the same time, I think it’s very important for the music to grow and evolve.”
He has performed with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Joe Bonamassa, .38 Special, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Gomes recalled a conversation he had years ago with one of those legends. “B.B. King told me the Blues are like the laws of the land. They need to be amended to the times we live in,” Gomes said. “As an artist, it’s very exciting to think that the Blues can be just as ground-breaking today as it ever was.”
Not content to only contribute to the Blues as a musician, Gomes is also an award-winning scholar of Blues history. He earned the University of Toronto’s C.P. Stacey Prize for the highest overall GPA by a history student, completed his Master’s Degree thesis on the racial and cultural evolution of Blues music, and graduated with high distinction. His thesis, The Black and White of Blues, was published in 2014 and was nominated for Best Blues Book of the Year by Blues 411.
Believing that music can inspire the human spirit, Anthony founded the Music Is the Medicine Foundation in 2010. This non-profit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music. Through private donations and winning sizable grants from State Farm Insurance and CVS Pharmacy, the foundation has funded songwriting scholarships, offered music education programs, and donated musical instruments to those in need.
Anthony Gomes has nothing left to prove while leaving all his passion on the table. Nonetheless, he continues striving to not only find the legendary “lost chord,” but the ultimate combinations of words, notes and performance. We are fortunate to accompany him on his journey.
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