Stevie Salas

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Stevie Salas
Occupation(s) Guitarist, television, film and record producer, composer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1985–present
Labels Island Records

Stevie Salas is an American guitarist, television, film and record producer and composer. He worked briefly for Rod Stewart before forming his own band Colorcode, and later played with Sass Jordan. He also worked on the soundtrack for Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, providing the guitar playing for George Carlin's comical guitar solo.[1]

Salas has also worked as advisor to contemporary music at the Smithsonian NMAI.

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.

Iost 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.[2] 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 Van Halen, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Kiss.[3]


Solo albums[edit]

  • 1990 Stevie Salas Colorcode
  • 1993 The Electric Pow Wow
  • 1994 Back From The Living
  • 1996 Alter Native
  • 1997 Seoul Power
  • 1998 Viva La Noise
  • 1998 The Sometimes Always Never Was
  • 2001 Shapeshifter
  • 2004 The Soulblasters Of The Universe
  • 2006 Be What It Is
  • 2010 Jam Power


  1. ^ Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) – Soundtracks
  2. ^ "Rockstar Solos Stevie Salas iPhone iPad applications guitar games". Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  3. ^ "Stevie Salas Fave 5 Record Reviews". Guitarhoo!. January 7, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 

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