Here's what others have to say about Scott Huckabay's music and the passion and meditation it inspires...
"Scott Huckabay is the most exciting guitarist since Michael Hedges and Jimi Hendrix in his passion and unique artistry. He is an absolute celebration of sound." Carla Van Dyke, The Sound Alternative "Michael Hedges, Jimi Hendrix and David Gilmore(Pink Floyd) all rolled into one. Scott Huckabay is a dream-come-true for guitar enthusiasts everywhere." Robert Walmsley, Omega Music Directory "Scott Huckabay is one inspirational cat!" Stanley Jordan, Jazz guitarist He's animated; he's mesmerizing; and above all, he's entertaining." Larry Hendricks, Flare "Huckabay's throne needs to be prepared in the Guitar Hall of Fame because his delicate harmonics and lightning-fast licks make him the present king of acoustic guitar." New Texas Magazine "Huckabay is an award-winning guitarist whose live performances transform the music into an energetic, electrifying, other-worldly and passionate ritual that has mesmerised crowds across the country. A must see to believe!"
"Sonic Reflections" (Sonic Alchemyst Productions), July 2010
"Secret Portal" (Sonic Alchemyst Productions), June 2006
"Temple of Dendara" (Sonic Alchemyst Productions), May 2004
"Virtual Altar" (Sonic Alchemyst Productions), June 2000
"Alchemy" (Soundings of the Planet), February 1999
"Peace Dance" (Soundings of the Planet), March 1997
Chakra Healing (Soundings of the Planet), released 2008
Eagle River (Soundings of the Planet), released 2007
Mountain Meadow Meditation with Dean Evenson (Soundings of the Planet), released 2003
Sound Yoga with Dean Evenson (Soundings of the Planet), released 2003
Composer/Featured Artist on Sonic Tribe's sophomore release, Spirit Rising (Soundings of the Planet), released 2001
Sound Massage with Dean Evenson (Soundings of the Planet), released 2002
Healing Sanctuary with Dean Evenson (Soundings of the Planet), released 2002
Healing Dreams with Dean Evenson (Soundings of the Planet), released 2001
Native Healing, guest guitarist (Soundings of the Planet), released 2001
Composer/Featured Artist on Sonic Tribe (Soundings of the Planet), released 2000
Tao of Healing with Dean Evenson (Soundings of the Planet), released 2000
Live performance of Neptune's Forest featured on NPR's Echoes Living Room Concert Compilation CD Volume #5 released 1999 and Spiral Eclipse featured on Echoes Living Room Concert Compilation #14 released 2008
Sound Healing with Dean Evenson (Soundings of the Planet), released 1998
Healing Waters with Dean Evenson (Soundings of the Planet), released 1997
NOTEWORTHY ACCOMPLISHMENTS Temple of Dendara is currently playing on over 300 college radio & NPR stations across the US
Featured Artist on Sonicnet.com
Voted Guitar player of the Year by BAM Magazine in Los Angeles Peace Dance reached #24 on the NAV Top 100 World and Acoustic Radio chart Alchemy debuted at #21 on the NAV Top 100 World and Acoustic Radio Alchemy won Independent Music Award for Album of the Year(2000)
Scott has performed three live "Living Room Concerts" and interviews on the Public Radio International program Echoes, heard on over 200 PRI affiliate stations throughout the U.S.
Airplay on the nationally syndicated NPR program Hearts of Space
Music featured on the MTV program, The Real World Hawaii
Featured artist of the week on broadcast.com and CDNOW
Invented well over 300 open guitar tunings
Written poetry for a book, "Angels of the Sea", published by Hay House
Featured in the film, "Quest for the Dolphin Spirit"
Creates a wide variety of multimedia projects including the CD release of "Alchemy", which incorporates an interactive CD-ROM, "The Sonic Alchemyst Journey" and the website, www.scotthuckabay.com
Appeared live on national Cairo television & radio (2006)
World Peace Concert (Cairo, Egypt)
Freedom Festival (Hawaii)
Burning Man Festival(9 years) (Nevada)
Earth Day Festival (Los Angeles), Whale Day Festival (San Diego & Hawaii)
Oregon Country Fair Mainstage (7 times)
Bumbershoot Music Festival (Seattle)
NAMM International Music Market for Taylor Guitars and Morley (Los Angeles) Mountain Aire Music Festival (California)
Private concert for Nick Nolte (Los Angeles)
House of Blues (Los Angeles)
Knitting Factory (New York)
Wetlands (New York)
The Mint (Los Angeles)
The Fillmore (San Francisco)
Great American Music Hall (San Francisco)
Reggae on the River Festival
New Year's Eve with String Cheese Incident
Hog Farm Picnic
Pasadena Civic Center
Day Out of Time Festival w/Jose Arguellos
Dancing Dragons Festival
Earthdance Festivals around the U.S.
Many, many other festivals, events, theatres, etc, worldwide
Scott has opened for such diversed artists as Joe Satriani, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sarah McLachlan, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Morse, Chicago, Jackson Browne, Albert Lee, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Shadowfax, John Trudell, Toni Childs, Pierre Bensusan, Ram Das, Hapa, Bob Weir, Randy Hanson, to name a few.
Descended from the Chiricahua Tribe (Apache) in Southern Arizona. Involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1987 that left him partially paralyzed for one year which led him to play the acoustic guitar that created a new inspired lifestyle and sound.
Musical inspirations and influences include Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Michael Hedges, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, the Edge, Jeff Buckley, Peter Gabriel, Seal, Ani Difranco, Nick Drake, ColdPlay, Bob Marley.
THE STORY THAT STARTED IT ALL:Journey of a Guitar Alchemyst
With incense burning between strings, wearing bells on both ankles, the passionate ritual begins. The stage echoes, rolling like thunder under his bare feet, pounding a mesmerizing heartbeat. Dancing in a circle, shaking his dolphin guitar like a shaman shaking his magic medicine rattle, he lifts the guitar to his lips and howls the ancient cries from the deepest seas, leading us on a mesmerizing journey...
Scott Huckabay is a brilliant guitarist whose groundbreaking style incorporates elements of Rock, Blues, Jazz and Fusion. To watch Huckabay play the guitar today, you are struck by his overall mastery of the fretboard and the way in which his fingers fly up and down the neck of his acoustic guitar. Including using a meteorite for a guitar pick, Scott utilizes every known guitar trick and then adds a few of his own just for fun. Behind the explosive dynamics and pulsating rhythm of Scott Huckabay's guitar work lies an inspiring story of healing and recovery that is perhaps, more powerful than the music itself.
Involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident during the Harmonic Convergence Weekend in Arizona, August of 1987. Doctors told him that he would never walk or use his right hand again. He turned to the acoustic guitar, for therapy and a new music began to well up from deep within his soul.
Scott attributes his healing not only to his new music, but also to the year he spent recuperating on a Hawaiian beach, swimming and being inspired by dolphins and whales. He has accepted this entire experience as a gift. Scott believes his mission in life is to share this gift with the world and to help others find healing, joy, and peace through music.
Inspired by the genius of Jimi Hendrix, as much as by dolphins, Scott's performances are powerfully electrifying. Using a violin bow, an E-bow, percussion styling, and other effects, he creates mystical landscapes that are vast and breathtaking. Scott's original style of making music with the guitar has led him to many awards, such as BAM Magazine's Guitarist of the Year Award and his release of Alchemy that won the Independent Music Award for Album of the Year.
Scott plays with an endless supply of energy, which he gives to his audience freely and generously. At the end of each performance, his audience is physically and emotionally renewed. Scott's music encompasses a joy of being, a passion for life, and a love for all of Earth's creatures...
A Rapturous Celebration... "At times, Scott's music is like an ancient dream, long forgotten, that transports us to the cool and misty heavens where we can find that which has been lost to us. At others, it is a passionate and rapturous celebration of life, and of the divine energy of Love that binds all living creatures and is the nature of the Universe itself. When Scott plays his music, he has a profound connection to this Divine Light that so many of us seek and yet find so elusive, and while he is playing we are able to experience that connection ourselves through his music."
From an inspired fan...
"SECRET PORTAL" reviews Scott Huckabay's self-description as a "sonic alchemyst" may seem like a stroke of promotional embellishment, yet the tag genuinely captures his inventive approach to crafting acoustic-trance soundscapes. Musically, Huckabay lives and breathes as a one-man-band on stage, where he communes with his lovingly battered Taylor K20 acoustic guitar, looping and layering acoustic rhythms and percussive textures into a rich, holistic union.
Huckabay dabs from an extensive sonic palette, incorporating lush modal voicings, two-hand tapping, harmonics, helixing rhythms, percussive pounding, ankle-bell foot percussion, E-bow, and gobs of other effects-soaked string ambiance. Picture a blend of Michael Hedges, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Buckley, Jimmy Page and the Edge(U2), with a splash of Robert Fripp. Huckabay's passionate performance rituals emit a shamanistic spiritual vibe as well, often culminating with his spinning like a cosmic dervish, his hands a fleshy blur around his guitar. Considering Huckabay's "live" multi-tasking approach, the notion of hatching an album in the hermetic environs of a recording studio runs the risk of masking Huckabay's unique strengths. Fortunately, he enlisted ace producer/engineers Sylvia Massy Shivy and Rich Veltrop (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System of a Down), who understood how to harness Huckabay's creative spirit. Recorded at Massy Shivy's RadioStar Studios near Mt. Shasta, California, the crew set up as if it were a live performance and recorded the album over three days, in single takes with no overdubs. It's an impressive feat, given the amount of auto interplay involved in each song.
Huckabay's tricked-out acoustics manage to sound both organic and other-worldly. One can imagine a rapturous crowd at Burning Man gyrating to the trancelike title track, as a supple lead line snakes through a hypnotic Middle Eastern dance groove. Angular harmonics and fluid tapping add color to the melodic contours of "Spirit Wind", while the fast-churning "Solar Flare" blends aggressive tapping and percussive turbo-strumming. From the trippy atmospherics of "Sweet Intuition" to the exotic, dreamy headspace of "Spiral Eclipse", Huckabay's latticework strikes a dynamic balance between reflective and energetic moods, in a way that's neither sleepy nor gratuitously self-indulgent.
Ultimately, looping tools in the hands (and feet) of an innovative sonic craftsman like Huckabay afford him incredible expressiveness as a solo artist. The deeply felt, uplifting songs on Secret Portal dramatically showcase the expanded possibilities of solo performance, and guide the listener on a musical journey that reveals Huckabay to be an inspired mystical pilot.
SECRET PORTAL The deeply felt, uplifting songs on "Secret Portal" dramatically showcase the expanded possibilities of solo one-man-band performance, and guide the listener on a musical journey that reveals Huckabay to be an inspired mystical pilot. "Secret Portal" strikes a dynamic balance between reflective and energetic moods, in a way that's neither sleepy nor gratuitously self-indulgent. No overdubs were used and with the use of live looping, Huckabay created all the instrument sounds from his acoustic guitar. "Stunningly amazing!" A must hear!!!
PRESS RELEASE: Otherwordly, Electrifying!
Scott's act is reminiscent of transcended masters Michael Hedges meets Jimi Hendrix meets Ravi Shankar. He is a very rhythmic and dynamic player, developing complex and energetic tribal progressions on his alternately tuned guitar, resonant with the heart chakra at 528 Hz. He takes the audience by surprise, leading them through dancing and joyous celebration into the realm of his celestial worship - the courtyard of the Divine. Various guitar tools assist in the journey of this vision caster from the land of Mu and his six stringed instrument of divination.
His performance slowly brings the audience into his swirling, celebrating dance. And then he takes them to new heights - his love and adoration of the Great Spirit. People often cry or experience profound life changes at his performances, for the sheer power of the love in his song melts away their bitter sorrows, opening their hearts in this radiant love and joy. Scott played twice inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt for whole earth healing. He has a special gift of sharing this amazing love and uses the instrument as his capable vehicle.
Scott Huckabay is rapidly gaining widespread recognition as the "Universal Guitarist for the Spiritual Renaissance." He never played guitar before a motorcycle accident left him partially paralyzed in Arizona. His life dramatically changed after making a pact with God/Creator the moment before he hit the highway crashing at high speeds. He woke up from being unconscious with a guitar mysteriously laid by his feet. As Scott touched the instrument, music began streaming through him. Experimenting like no guitarist would learn or imagined, Scott hit, kicked, scraped and shook the instrument all over to pioneer novel ways to play the music he heard inside. Strumming, picking, slapping and bowing the strings were used for his accompaniment. The ensuing year, for his own healing and musical mastery, he communed daily with dolphins and whales in Hawaii, listening and learning their hydro-sonic secrets. His guitar became a physical extension, therapeutic invention, and spiritual blessing for Scott and civilization.
Link to Scott Huckabay's performance promo video:
9min video: promo video
For more info: www.scotthuckabay.com