Stevie Salas

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Stevie Salas
Occupation(s) Guitarist, Television, Film and Record Producer, Music Director, Author, Composer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1985–present
Labels Island Records
Polystar Records
Pony Canyon
Yamaha Japan
Columbia Japan
Arbor EMI
Bellaphon (Germany)
Associated acts George Clinton, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Heavy Glow, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Bernard Fowler, Koshi Inaba, Bootsy Collins, Glenn Hughes, Ron Wood, 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,[1] author, [2] television host,[3] music director,[4] 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.[5] Having played sold out stadiums all over the world, he signed the largest deal Island Records had ever forked over for a new artist.[6] 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, [7] Jerry Cantrell, [8]Matt Sorum,and T.I.; [9] he has also composed music for TV and film scores such as Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.[10]

In recent years, Salas has also worked as advisor to contemporary music at the Smithsonian NMAI.[11]

Early career[edit]

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[edit]

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.[12]

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.[13] 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 is currently executive producing Rumble, a Native American music documentary for PBS and Super Channel.

Musical influences[edit]

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 James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Frank Black,[14][15]


Studio Albums[edit]

Year Artist Title Label
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



  1. ^ "NAMA: Hall of Fame 2009". Native American Music Awards. Native American Music Awards & Association. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Salas, Stevie (2014). When We Were The Boys: coming of age on Rod Stewart's Out of Order tour/Stevie Salas with Robert Yehling. Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58979-988-2. 
  3. ^ "Blog Archives: Stevie Salas Matt Sorum Interview". Retrieved November 26, 2008. 
  4. ^ Lonsdale, Laurie. "Guitarist STEVIE SALAS On Being American Idol Music Director". BraveWords. Retrieved December 7, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Bio - The Short Story: A Few Highlights". Official Stevie Salas Website. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  6. ^ Arnold, Thomas K. "Album Debut Impressive by Stevie Salas Colorcode". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Third Eye Open-Hardware". ALLMUSIC. 
  8. ^ "Sun and the Earth, Vol. 1-Credits". ALLMUSIC. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Paper Trail-T.I.-Credits". ALLMUSIC. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) – Soundtracks
  11. ^ Wheeler, Kim. "Smithsonian exhibit highlights Native Americans' contribution to music". CBC Music. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Grenda, Tim. "The Idolmaker". Carlsbad Magazine. 
  13. ^ "Rockstar Solos Stevie Salas iPhone iPad applications guitar games". Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  14. ^ "Stevie Salas Fave 5 Record Reviews". Guitarhoo!. January 7, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ Prato, Greg. "Stevie Salas Biography". All Music. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Official Stevie Salas Website Retrieved 2015-05-13.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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