Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Gary Lucas

Gary Lucas

A world-class guitar hero, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, an international recording artist with over 20 acclaimed solo albums to date, and a soundtrack composer for film and television, GARY LUCAS is on the move in 2011. He was just profiled in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune to coincide with the May 2011 release of his psychedelic supergroup Gods and Monsters new studio albumThe Ordeal of Civility, produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) and distributed by Sony/Red, which is receiving rave reviews everywhere–including 4 Stars in the upcoming MOJO.


Last year he made successful performing debuts in China, Cuba, the Canary Islands, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico alongside his usual relentless touring in Europe and North America. He was recently cited as one of the 100 Greatest Living Guitarists" by Classic Rock magazine (UK). His latest album, a collaboration with Indian vocalist Najma Akhtar, made #4 on the World Music Charts Europe and the pair just returned from a European tour that garnered a 4-star review in the Financial Times.

Dubbed "The Thinking Man’s Guitar Hero" by The New Yorker, "The world’s most popular avant-rock guitarist" by The Independent (UK), "Legendary Leftfield guitarist" by The Guardian (UK), "Guitarist of 1000 Ideas" by The New York Times, "a true axe God" by Melody Maker, and "One of the five best guitarists in the world" by the national Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny, the British world music magazine fRoots recently described Gary Lucas as "without question, the most innovative and challenging guitarist playing today." Rolling Stone’s David Fricke wrote: "Gary Lucas is one of the best and most original guitarists in America...a modern guitar miracle." Best-selling author/producer Dan Levitin (This Is Your Brain On Music) recently cited Gary as "the greatest living electric guitarist".

Gary Lucas tours the world relentlessly both solo and with several different ensembles, including his longtime band Gods and Monsters, whose ranks once included the late singer Jeff Buckley. Gary co- wrote two of Jeff Buckley’s most famous hits, "Grace" and "Mojo Pin", which opened Jeff’s double platinum Sony album Grace, which MOJO magazine named the #1 Modern Classic Rock Album.

Gary continues to lead his longtime NYC-based band Gods and Monsters, a psychedelic super-group based around Gary’s guitar playing, singing, and songwriting, featuring Billy Ficca (Television) , Ernie Brooks (Modern Lovers)., Jason Candler (Hungry March Band) and Joe Hendel (Gods and Monsters). They recently played a Live Nation sponsored 20th Anniversary Show in NYC, and have a new live DVD and studio album wrapped, produced by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) due out in spring 2011.

Gary Lucas online

List of articles in the library by artist

Captain Beefheart: Low Yo Yo-Ing It In Blunderland

Review and Interview by Gary Lucas, Zoo World, May 1973

I don't want to kill my china pig/No I don't/A man's gotta live/A man's gotta eat/A man's gotta have shoes/To walk out on the street..." ...

King Crimson: Larks' Tongues in Aspic

Review by Gary Lucas, Zoo World, 1973

ONE THING YOU gotta say about Robert Fripp, the auteur behind King Crimson, is that he's ambitious. After perfecting his mellotron-dominated "Death of the Universe" ...

back to LIBRARY

COPYRIGHT NOTICE