Can't believe how late I am to this party. Technically I was a fan over 30 years ago in my own defense! Just now discovering and loving these records all to hell. Wow. Such a deep heavy atmospheric vibe, such soul. This dude is an interstellar voyager with california plates, taking us with him. Again.
Favorite track: A Thousand Shapes of Change.
as always with Tommy Guerrero, this is the whole album that is pure magic. it's impossible to pretend that just one track is better than the others... they each have so much soul and spirituality that you just have to listen them all... and chill out
“As a teenage member of Powell Peralta’s legendary Bones Brigade, San Francisco’s Tommy Guerrero had a massive part in defining street skating as we know it… pioneer[ing] fast, smooth stylish skateboarding... While all this was happening, Tommy was playing guitar in Bay Area punk band Free Beer, playing with his brother and some of his heroes while featuring on countless Thrasher Skate Rock cassette compilations... Nowadays [TG] spends a lot more time on his music, usually latin-soul-jazz-folk-funk-rock instrumentalism, but occasionally- as in 2000’s ‘Hoy Yen Ass’n’ collaboration with Gadget- wandering towards downbeat hip-hop.” -Bite My Wire
TG continues to expand his horizons while upholding his Bay Area heritage. From Bones Brigade skate team in the 80’s, he has gone on to make movie appearances, design for Levi’s in Japan, Vans shoes worldwide, Sutro eyewear (among others), sign a skateboard contract with Converse, co-found Real Skateboards and 40’s Clothing and become art director for Krooked Skateboarding, along with maintaining a prolific recording and release schedule on his label Too Good, a collaboration with A Train's Al Evers. Tommy’s concerts have packed houses across the country from the legendary Café Du Nord in SF to The Knitting Factory in N.Y.C. and continue across the globe from The Underworld in London to the Fujirock Festival in his yearly tours in Japan.
From Mission District punkers to Shibuya-ku hipsters- Tommy’s music resonates in a positive way. His melodies dance lightly around your head while the rhythms build under your feet and move your hips. His is SOUL music, made by a street kid raised on Santana and Bill Withers (with more than a little nod to the Clash and Public Enemy in there, too).
"Road to Knowhere is inspired by bits and pieces of Ethio-Jazz, Afrobeat, Highlife Spiritual Jazz and dusty funk 45’s. It’s what has kept this mortal vehicle fueled. I tend to take different paths each musical outing but this one is for the long haul, the one for the blue highways and forgotten byways. It’s the one to get lost to. It’s about the journey, not the destination… [If Road to Knowhere was about the long haul, TG’s new album Sunshine Radio is all about cruising on, dropping the top, and taking in a bit of fresh air]. Sunshine Radio hopes to spark a bit of joy as well as a moment to reflect and consider the fires of the world. Take a sonic respite from the endless noise.” – TG
released January 15, 2021
TG // GUITAR // BASS // KEYS // DRUMS // PERCUSSION
MATT RODRIGUEZ // CONGAS // BONGOS
CHUCK TREECE // DRUMS ON "RISE OF THE EARTH PEOPLE"
RECORDED AT HOME 2019/2020
MIXED BY MONTE VALLIER
MASTERED BY MIKE WELLS
ART BY BRIAN BARNECLO
LEGAL BY AL EVERS / LABEL: TOO GOOD / DISTRO BY A TRAIN ENTERTAINMENT
supported by 92 fans who also own “Sunshine Radio”
I‘m a metalhead (so i do not know much about this genre), but as i heard ‚pelota‘ on the radio, i Instantly fell in love with the sound.
If one does need to calm down these times, this is highly recommended! Hagensson