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Stevie Salas Wild Ride
Stevie Salas is a Native American guitarist, author, television host, music director,record producer, and film composer.
In recent years, Salas has also worked as advisor to contemporary music at the Smithsonian NMAI.
In 1990, Salas released his first solo album Stevie Salas Colorcode, opening for Joe Satriani and his 1989 album Flying in a Blue Dream. Despite heavy promotion, Salas’ first album did not make a mark in the charts. However, while not popular in the United States, Salas’ music began to receive some attention in both Japan and Europe.
1990s to 2010s
In 1993, he released Stevie Salas Electric Pow Wow, a cover album featuring celebrity guests playing covers of songs that Salas was influenced by growing up, to critical acclaim. Then in 1994, Salas released Back From the Living in Japan, where his singles “Start Again” and “Tell Your Story Walkin” were released. During this time, he also appeared the album Rats by then girlfriend Sass Jordan.
After a period of inactivity, in 2001, Mick Jagger hired him to play guitar on some concert dates. In 2001, Salas released Shapeshifter: The Fall and Rise of Stevie No-Wonder. In 2003, he released The Soulblasters of the Universe, and did his first European Colorcode tour since 1999.
From 2006 to 2010, Salas served as music director and consultant for American Idol and 19 Entertainment nurturing Kris Allen, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and their respective touring bands for subsequent American tours.
Salas began working as host and executive producer of the Canadian Music TV series Arbor Live for APTN. In mid-2009, Salas co-founded with the internet entrepreneur Laurence Dorazio the company Rockstar Solos, LLC which focuses on iPhone and iPad gaming and entertainment application development. The first application also called Rockstar Solos became available in the iTunes Store in December 2009. The company Rockstar Logic has thousands of downloads to date.