World renowned instrumental rock guitarist Gary Hoey forges new territory as a lead vocalist on his latest Surfdog release “AMERICAN MADE”, released August 22nd. With 13 instrumental albums under his belt (which have spawned several top rock radio hits and over 600,000 albums sold) Gary proves that his incredible talent goes beyond his fingertips. This album features 12 new tracks including the first single LUNATIC FRINGE.
Multi-tasking as writer, producer and guitar player, Hoey has had clients who include DISNEY, ESPN, NO FEAR, performed the National Anthem for the SAN DIEGO PADRES and the BOSTON RED SOX. Hoey’s first break came when Ozzy Osbourne showed up in Boston looking for a guitarist. Osborne liked Hoey’s tape enough to fly him to LA for an audition. Three months after the audition, he was heading west in a U-Haul, with seventeen thousand dollars in his pocket from teaching guitar and nowhere to go once he got to L.A.
In 1993 Gary Hoey launched his career with the hit song "Hocus Pocus." his fiery technique helped to send it to the top 5 on Billboards charts, The Boston raised guitarist covered the tune on his debut album, Animal Instinct (Warner Bros Records), transforming Hoey, a then-struggling player into a cult hero. He followed with the soundtrack to the surf saga Endless Summer II (Warner/Reprise), which cemented his status as a demi-god among surfers. Even Dick Dale, the surf-guitar king gave Hoey his blessing, proclaiming him his favorite modern guitarist.
Hoey has maintained that status with a series of blood-boiling albums that are heavy on riffage while upholding the basic rock-and-roll values of melodies, hooks, and heart. He’s also diversified, creating his popular Ho! Ho! Hoey series of Christmas CDs.
Hoey has toured and traded licks with the likes of Brian May (Queen), Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Bros, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, and Peter Frampton” to name a few.
Gary recently signed with Peavey amps. He's currently using the XXX amp and is in the process of redesigning it with Peavey to release a Gary Hoey signature amp in 2007.
As always, Gary will embark on a national radio morning show tour and through syndicated radio shows such as Mark and Brian, John Boy & Billy, Mancow, and over 400 stations coast to coast and continues to build his radio friends.
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