Gary Blackburn

Americana f

Gary Blackburn Like most artists, music has been my passion for a very long time. As a youngster, listening to my heroes that shaped and influenced me into what I am now, I still look to have my own personal style. When you listen to my songs, my intention is that "Gary Blackburn" comes across, instead of, "Hey he sounds like whatshisname". It has been a very long journey from my early days of playing at friend`s parties and wedding ceremonies to the present. Now I feel like I can say, "I have paid my dues to sing the blues". Those few close friends who know me will understand that, and when I get up on stage you can see, feel, and hear the emotion when I perform. Okay, enough of the tortured artist. As a Singer/Songwriter I bring together my smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking to form my own unique sound in the Country, Blues, Rock genre. With such influences from James Taylor to Todd Rundgren, Hank Williams Sr. to Dwight Yoakam. Developing my own personal style to my originals, blending old school with contemporary, along with an intimate and emotional stage presence, you will no doubt connect with my musical performance. Originally from the San Joaquin Valley in central California, just north of Merle`s home and the Bakersfield Sound.I moved to Santa Cruz in the late 70`s to further my music career, I was front man for bands performing in the Monterey Bay area. Blackburn-Dadd Band, Trigger Happy,