Making a Scene presents an Interview with Anthony Gomes!
The Toronto born singer/songwriter/guitarist, named ‘One of the Top Ten Guitarists’ in the world by Music Tasters Choice, has released 12 albums and performed concerts in 17 countries. Last November Gomes won ‘Best Musician (Live Performance)’ at the 37th Annual European Blues Awards. Anthony has opened for B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang, Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, Robert Cray, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Gretchen Wilson.
Gomes has released eleven full length albums, five of the most recent have appeared in the TOP 10 on the BILLBOARD BLUES CHART, including LIVE (2008) which debuted at #1. His latest album, Electric Field Holler has earned highly acclaimed recognition; reaching #1 on both Roots Music Report’s Blues Rock Chart and ReverbNation’s Global Blues Chart.
Gomes’ skill as a performer is matched by his knowledge of and dedication to blues history. He is an award winning blues history scholar, earning the University of Toronto’s C.P. Stacey Prize for the highest overall academic grade point average by a history student. Anthony also completed his master’s degree thesis on the racial and cultural evolution of blues music, graduating with high distinction. In 2014, his thesis was published and nominated for the Best Blues Book of the Year by Blues 411.
Anthony founded the Music Is the Medicine Foundation in 2010. This non-profit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music. Through private donations and winning sizable grants from State Farm Insurance and CVS Pharmacy, the foundation has funded songwriting scholarships, offered music education programs, and donated musical instruments to those in need.