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Before assuming the coveted guitar position with the legendary Bluesbreakers, Rocky released several albums produced with Grammy award winner, Jim Gaines. The Essential Rocky Athas series highlights the best tracks from those collaborations and includes never before released bonus tracks! Get yours Now!

When Rocky was asked by John Mayall, the iconic "Godfather of British Blues", to take the lead guitar role on his 2009 album, Tough, Rocky was honored. Being recognized for his guitar skills and asked to join forces with the creator of the legendary outfit, The Bluesbreakers, that featured a brilliant cast of talented guitar players from Eric Clapton to Peter Green and Mick Taylor, was exhilarating. Within weeks of the call from John Mayall, they were together in the studio working on Tough.

Rocky’s first album with John Mayall, Tough (Eagle Records), was reviewed by Guitar Player Magazine and described Rocky as "a veteran Texas gunslinger with a wicked tone and a thriving solo career of his own."

In fact, prior to joining Mayall, Rocky's first worldwide release Miracle was born out of Rocky's friendship with Grammy Award-winning producer Jim Gaines (Santana, Steve Miller, Journey, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Huey Lewis & the News), which was forged while working on The Bluesberries album with Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix, Electric Flag and Carlos Santana). Rocky was honored that Jim, named Blues Producer of the Year in 2003, produced his solo albums.

By the age of 23, the Oak Cliff, Texas native, was named one of the first and youngest TEXAS TORNADOS in Buddy Magazine's Top Ten Guitarists. The honor went on over the years to include Eric Johnson, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZtop's Billy Gibbons, and Johnny Winter, as well.

Throughout his career, Rocky has been asked about his friendship with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Rocky is extremely proud of his Oak Cliff roots which he shares with Steve. You can open the pages of Stevie Ray Soul To Soul by Kerri Leigh and read Rocky's recollection of childhood memories.

Six years into the collaboration, Mayall's newest album, A Special Life, features stellar guitar performances by Rocky that prompted Neil Spencer of Uncut Magazine to highly praise the new work "...whose guitarist, Rocky Athas, recalls the young Eric Clapton."