Here is a band that is moving rapidly into the future, but is experienced enough to learn from the masters of the past.Their music is a raw example of the old Delta-style blues mixed with some very original guitar phrasings. Anthony Gomes (lead singer and lead guitarist) formed a band that is infectious. They had their first public appearance in Chicago in April of 1997, and everyone in the industry was talking about the Anthony Gomes Band. In the spring of 1998 they took first place in Buddy Guy's Legends first annual "Best Unsigned Blues Band" competition, winning $10,000 in prizes. Guy himself was on hand to congratulate them. To be singled out as the top blues band in the Chicago area is a great honor that has helped gain them national and regional attention. Some of the national legends they have shared the stage with are Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, Lucky Peterson, Eddie King, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Big Jack Johnson, Otis Clay, Eddie C. Campbell, Bar-Kays, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Sugar Blue. In May of 1998, Anthony Gomes signed an endorsement deal with Fender guitars. In 1999, a custom model guitar was being manufactured to the artist's specifications. Gomes describes it as a cross between Albert Collins' and B.B.King's guitars, a set-neck, hollow-body Telecaster with Humbucking pickups on it. If you are searching for some of the hottest Delta-style blues music, blended with Texas blues guitar, done with a Jimi Hendrix finesse, and coming from a native Chicago blues band, then the Anthony Gomes Band is your answer .
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