Joey Tafolla is an American guitarist.
Born in San Diego, California, Tafolla is the son of Rosie Hamlin and Noah Tafolla, the singer and guitarist of Rosie and the Originals, who recorded the hit single "Angel baby" respectively. A member of the heavy metal band Jag Panzer from 1981 to 1985, Tafolla has rejoined the band several times over the years for CD's and live concerts. He joined Mike Varney's Shrapnel Records label soon after, releasing his debut album Out of the Sun in 1987, which included Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert of Mr. Big, and Wally Voss, bassist for Yngwie Malmsteen. This album was released alongside the releases of other shred players such as Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, Richie Kotzen, Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore. His second release in 1991, Infra-Blue, was a noticeable departure from the neoclassical metal stylings of his first album, and demonstrated an intense blues fusion feel instrumental rock-oriented sound. Tafolla returned to Jag Panzer in 1995, but left again after 1997's "The Fourth Judgement" and again later for The Deviant Chord CD. Tafolla has also toured or recorded with Quiet Riot, Michael Sweet, Wolf Pakk.
With Jag Panzer
With Graham Bonnet Band
- 2018: Meanwhile Back In The Garage
- 2000: 2000 Watts
- 1989: Guitar Masters, Roadrunner Records
- 1990: An Axe To Grind, Ken Tamplin, Frontline
- 1992: Guitar on the edge, Vol 1, No.1, Legato Records
- 1995: In the Witness Box, Ken Tamplin, Brunette
- 1998: Metal Guitars - High Voltage Instrumentals, Disky Communications
- 2006: Guitar Odyssey, Milan Polak, Lion Music
- 2009: Shrapnel's Super Shredders: Neoclassical, Shrapnel
- 2009: This is Shredding, Vol. 1, Shrapnel
- 1993: Shredding, REH830, CPP Media Group
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