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|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, Television, Film and Record Producer, Music Director, Author, Composer|
|Associated acts||George Clinton, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Heavy Glow, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Bernard Fowler, Koshi Inaba, Bootsy Collins, Glenn Hughes, Hardware, Colorcode, Jerry Cantrell, Was Not Was, Terence Trent D'Arby, Richie Kotzen, T.M. Stevens, Jordin Sparks, Matt Sorum, B'Z, Daughtry, Justin Timberlake, T.I, Sass Jordan, Mass Mental|
Stevie Salas is a Native American guitarist, author, television host, music director, record producer, and film composer. Discovered by George Clinton, he's accompanied the likes of Rod Stewart ( the "Out of Order" tour), Mick Jagger ("The Goddess in the Doorway" tour), and others as touring lead guitarist. Having played sold out stadiums all over the world, he signed the largest deal Island Records had ever forked over for a new artist. His second solo album ousted The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith for 'Best Album' in Japan. Most books name him as one of the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. In addition to his work with George Clinton, Rod Stewart, and Mick Jagger, Salas has sold more than 2 million solo albums, recorded on over 70 different albums with artists as diverse as Justin Timberlake, Buddy Miles, Jerry Cantrell, Matt Sorum,and T.I.; he has also composed music for TV and film scores such as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
In recent years, Salas has also worked as advisor to contemporary music at the Smithsonian NMAI.
In 1990, Salas released his first solo album Stevie Salas Colorcode, opening for Joe Satriani and his 1989 album Flying in a Blue Dream. Despite heavy promotion, Salas' first album did not make a mark in the charts. However, while not popular in the United States, Salas' music began to receive some attention in both Japan and Europe.
1990s to 2010s
In 1993, he released Stevie Salas Electric Pow Wow, a cover album featuring celebrity guests playing covers of songs that Salas was influenced by growing up, to critical acclaim. Then in 1994, Salas released Back From the Living in Japan, where his singles "Start Again" and "Tell Your Story Walkin" were released. During this time, he also appeared the album Rats by then girlfriend Sass Jordan.
After a period of inactivity, in 2001, Mick Jagger hired him to play guitar on some concert dates. In 2001, Salas released Shapeshifter: The Fall and Rise of Stevie No-Wonder. In 2003, he released The Soulblasters of the Universe, and did his first European Colorcode tour since 1999.
From 2006 to 2010, Salas served as music director and consultant for American Idol and 19 Entertainment nurturing Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and their respective touring bands for subsequent American tours.
Salas began working as host and executive producer of the Canadian Music TV series Arbor Live for APTN. In mid-2009, Salas co-founded with the internet entrepreneur Laurence Dorazio the company Rockstar Solos, LLC which focuses on iPhone and iPad gaming and entertainment application development. The first application also called Rockstar Solos became available in the iTunes Store in December 2009. The company Rockstar Logic has thousands of downloads to date.
In 2009, Salas received a Native American Lifetime Achievement Award at the Native American Music Awards. From 2010 to 2012, he served as the advisor to contemporary music at National Museum of the American Indian. He co-created both the Up Where We Belong-Natives In Popular Culture exhibit and The Living Earth Festival. In 2012 Salas created and is executive producer of Catch The Dream Bios with Adam Beach for APTN with shows airing 2014.
Salas' musical influences are derived mainly from late 60s and 70s rock and roll music, as well as funk. Artists who have had an impact on Salas as a musician include Earth, Wind & Fire, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Kiss.
|1990||Stevie Salas Colorcode||Colorcode||Island Records|
|1991||Stevie Salas Colorcode||Bootleg Like a Mug Live in Japan||Island Records|
|1992||Stevie Salas Colorcode||Stuff (EP)||Island/Polystar Records|
|1993||Stevie Salas Presents||The Electric Pow Wow||Polystar Japan/EMI Aquarius Canada|
|1994||Stevie Salas Colorcode||Back From the Living||Polystar Japan/BMG. US/East West/Warners Europe|
|1995||Nicklebag||12 Hits and a Bump||Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan/East West/Warners Europe|
|1996||Stevie Salas Colorcode||Alter Native||Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan|
|1997||Nicklebag||Mas Feedback||Iguana U.S|
|1997||Stevie Salas Colorcode||Alter Native Gold||Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan|
|1997||Stevie Salas||Seoul Power||Indanee/Pony Canyon Korea|
|1997||Stevie Salas||Sol Power||Indanee/Pony Canyon Japan|
|1997||Stevie Salas Colorcode||Le Bootleg-Live in Paris||USG/East West/Warners Europe|
|1998||Stevie Salas||The Sometimes Almost Never Was||Indanee/Pony Canyon|
|1998||Stevie Salas||Viva La Noise||USG/East West/Warners Europe|
|2002||Stevie Salas||Shapeshifter||Surfdog/Sony U.S. Europe/Yamaha Japan|
|2004||Stevie Salas||Soulblasters of the Universe||Yamaha Japan|
|2006||Stevie Salas||Be What It Is||Columbia Japan/ Arbor EMI Canada/Bellaphon Europe|
|2007||Stevie Salas||The Essential Stevie Salas: The Sun and the Earth||Columbia Japan/Arbor EMI Canada, Bellaphon Europe|
|2008||Stevie Salas||Set It On Blast||Columbia Japan|
|2010||Stevie Salas||Jam Power||Columbia Japan|
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