For almost exactly 30 years now the US-American Gary Hoey has been sweeping through the music scene as an eternally energetic guitar dervish. He left out little: Hoey played hard rock, prog and surfsound, he played film music, crazy-rocked christmas songs and much more.
However, the 58-year-old is rooted in blues rock, which he likes to celebrate with a strong and heavy touch. So also on his new album "Neon Highway Blues". On the record he produced himself and recorded in his own studio, he once again presents himself as a master of the trade and a virtuoso on his instrument.
In addition, not only his label colleagues Eric Gales and Lance Lopez fired him up as guest musicians, but also the American jazz and blues guitarist Josh Smith, who is not yet too well known in Europe but has long been praised by connoisseurs, and - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree - his 17-year-old son Ian Hoey.
The eleven tracks on "Neon Highway Blues" cover a broad musical spectrum. They range from the Jeff-Beck-infected funky opener "Under the Rug" (with Eric Gales) to the dynamic slow blues "Mercy of Love" (feat. Josh Smith) and the Texan-lavened "Still Believe in Love" to the stomping blues rocker "Damned If I Do" (with Lance Lopez). "Almost Heaven", "Waiting on the Sun" and the title track "Neon Highway Blues" are partly majestic instrumentals, and in Gary Hoey's personal highlight "Don't Come Crying" his Ian Hoey shows in detail in interaction with his father what he already has on the guitar as a teenager youngster.
"My eyes were filled with tears of joy," says Gary Hoey - an effect that "Neon Highway Blues" as a whole is very likely to trigger with many fans of the genre.
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