Words and pictures by Duane Clawson
With the amount of live music I have seen in my lifetime, it takes something really special to get my attention. Last Sunday night at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups, I knew I had witnessed something special but there was a problem. I could not figure out how this show stacked up against other great shows I have attended over the past 32 years. So I took five days to think this over. Conclusion: Anthony Gomes (AG) easily takes a spot in my list of top ten favorite guitar players. Now with that being said, I have seen some of the best: Eddie Van Halen, Rik Emmett , Tony Iommi, and Keith Richards, to name a few. So, for Mr. Gomes to move into my top ten list, he must be pretty good. What makes Anthony special is that he borrows a little bit from the blues, as well as the rock guitar gods and shapes these pieces into something that is uniquely his own. A vast majority of Anthony’s live show was dedicated to his own large catalogue of original tunes but he does take the time during his set to pay tribute to those that have influenced his musical career. AG is touring currently in support of his forthcoming album Up 2 Zero.