Blues singer-songwriter puts new face on timeless sound
A native of Santa Fe, N.M., Alex Maryol, who will play the Hotel Colorado on Saturday, is one of the region’s most promising musicians and songwriters.At 18, Maryol released his debut CD, “They Call Me Lefty.” At 19, he was playing an average of five nights a week at the area’s most popular bars and clubs. By 20, Alex had played at New Mexico’s acclaimed Thirsty Ear Festival along with several of his heroes – Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris, Kenny Brown and Cedric Burnside. After his performance, Maryol garnered the attention of the international media, including Austria’s Concerto magazine.Maryol, who started playing the guitar when he was 7, got into the blues much later. He’d been hearing the likes of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Johnny Rivers in his father’s company growing up, and as a freshman in high school, he discovered the Rolling Stones. As Maryol points out, “Really all modern music – rock, funk, all of it – can be traced back to the blues.”Exploring these root musicians inspired Maryol’s own sound – high-energy electric blues rock, in the form of Maryol’s original compositions.Maryol released his latest album, “Make Everything Alright,” in June 2003. It testifies to his continuing originality and his ability to twist the roots of blues into a sound all his own.Maryol released his latest album, “Make Everything Alright,” in June 2003. It testifies to his continuing originality and his ability to twist the roots of blues into a sound all his own.
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