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Amos Garrett

Amos Garrett - Buried Alive in the Blues - 1994 - Voodoo Records, France

Guitar Player magazine called him "one of the most lyrical and original guitarists playing today...his single note solos and melodic figures are so distinctive that it is virtually impossible to mistake them for anyone else’s. The late Chet Atkins, and Richard Thompson and Mark Knopfler have all lauded Garrett's unique guitar technique. Amos Garrett is a fabulous musician, and although he remains unfamiliar to many people, he is an amazing talent, and has played with some of the greatest musicians of all time, including Bonnie Raitt, Geoff Muldaur, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Jesse Winchester, and Paul Butterfield. His guitar playing has to be heard to be believed. "Buried Alive in the Blues" is a tremendous compilation album, consisting of seven tracks from his "Home In My Shoes" album, three tracks from "Third Man In", two tracks from "The Return of the Formerly Brothers", one track from "Amosbehavin", and a previously unreleased track, "Too Many Drivers", from The Montreux Jazz Festival, in July 1992. The album has elements of jazz, swing, soul, R&B, rockabilly, country, and of course The Blues, and is HR by A.O.O.F.C. Try and find the 1978 "Geoff & Amos" album, which Amos recorded with the great American folk/roots blues legend, Geoff Muldaur, and find out more about Amos Garrett @ A.GARRETT Try andl listen to his "Go Cat Go" album


1. Home In My Shoes from "Home In My Shoes" - Gary Koliger
2. Move on Down The Line from "Home In My Shoes" - Johnny Heartsman
3. Don't Tell Me from "The Return of the Formerly Brothers." - Amos Garrett/Gene Taylor
4. Smack Dab In The Middle from "The Return of the Formerly Brothers." - Chuck Calhoun
5. Ha Ha In The Daytime from "Amosbehavin'" - Percy Mayfield
6. Stanley Street from "Home In My Shoes" - Amos Garrett
7. Hair Of The Dog from "Home In My Shoes" - Atrsey, Tim/Jack Lavin
8. Too Many Drivers Unreleased Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1992 - Andrew "Smokey" Hogg
9. Buried Alive In The Blues from "Home In My Shoes" - Nick Gravenites
10. What A Fool I Was from "Third Man In" - Percy Mayfield
11. Lost Love from "Third Man In" - Johnny "V" Mills
12. All My Money from "Home In My Shoes" - Terry Hanck
13. Bert's Boogie from "Home In My Shoes" - Dave Babcock/Amos Garrett
14. Got To Get You Off My Mind from "Third Man In" - Dolores Burke/Solomon Burke/J.B. Moore


Amos Garrett Guitar, Vocals
Colin Linden Guitar
Doug Sahm Organ, Dobro, Guitar, Guitar (Steel), Vocals
Kit Johnson, Jack Lavin Bass, Vocals
Tom Lavin Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Pete Sears, Speedy Sparks, Brian Pollack Bass
Augie Meyers Piano, Accordion
Gene Taylor Piano, Vocals
Ron Casat, Teddy Borowiecki Piano
Michael Fonfara , Mike Kalanj Organ
Ernie Durawa, Dave Bjarnason, Daryl Bennett Drums
Bohdan Hluszko Percussion, Drums
Bill Runge Saxophone
Queen Ida Accordion, Vocals
Stephanie Davis Fiddle, Vocals
Peter Appleyard Vibraphone
David Burgin Harmonica
Nancy Simmonds, Mitchell Lewis, Jim Byrnes, Colleen Peterson Vocals


Detroit native Amos Garrett began working as a professional guitarist north of the border in Toronto. There he played with the Dirty Shames, a folk jug band, before moving on to the country-rock-oriented Great Speckled Bird at the invitation of Ian and Sylvia Tyson. Maria Muldaur's "Midnight at the Oasis" features his guitar playing, as does Anne Murray's "Snowbird." Other artists who have utilized his talent include Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Jesse Winchester, Paul Butterfield, Hungry Chuck, and Geoff Muldaur. His studio work led him to California, and he continued to record with other artists. Later, with the Eh Team backing him, Garrett also put out his own recordings, more than half a dozen on Stony Plain Records. In 1989, his album The Return of the Formerly Brothers, garnered a Juno Award. The release also featured Gene Taylor (formerly of Downchild, the Blasters, and later with the Fabulous Thunderbirds) and Doug Sahm of the Texas Tornados. Garrett and the Eh Team continue to play nightspots in Canada, where he resides in Alberta. He toured Japan in 1990, with stops in Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo. The concerts there found their way onto a live album. © Linda Seida, allmusic.com


Amos Garrett (born November 26, 1941, Detroit, Michigan, but has lived in Canada since the age of 4) is an Canadian guitarist and performer. He is best known for his guitar solo on Maria Muldaur's hit record, "Midnight at the Oasis".One of his earliest gigs was in Toronto playing with a band called The Dirty Shames, which also included Chick Roberts, Jim McCarthy and Carol Robinson (and later Roy Michaels). He took part in recording sessions for Anne Murray on "Snowbird" in 1970. Garrett also recorded and toured with Ian and Sylvia's group, Great Speckled Bird. Over the course of his career, he has recorded with more than 150 artists, ranging from Stevie Wonder, Pearls Before Swine to Bonnie Raitt and Martin Mull. Garrett is signed to Stony Plain Records, a label based in Edmonton, Alberta. Garrett has maintained a steady relationship with this label over the years, resulting in nine albums. His first record on Stony Plain was a series of duets with singer Geoff Muldaur (Maria Muldaur's former husband). The next two were studio albums (Go Cat Go, (1980) and 1981's Amosbehavin' ). Stony Plain then released a follow-up, Live In Japan, that was cut in 1990 as Garrett and his band played in clubs and concert halls in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto. Like most of the other records, it was released in Europe, the U.S., and Japan. Home In My Shoes paid tribute to Garrett's boyhood days, especially on "Stanley Street", a tune fashioned in the memory of the old Esquire Club in Montreal, where the teenage Garrett learned by watching the likes of B. B. King, Fats Domino, T-Bone Walker, and Ben E. King. Third Man In was a collection of covers and originals. Garrett's covers songs were penned by some of his favorite songwriters such as Bobby Charles and Percy Mayfield. The Cold Club was a collaboration with Oscar Lopez, David Wilkie, Karl Roth and Ron Casat, whereas Off The Floor Live, the next release, was recorded live at Edmonton's 'Sidetrack' club. After that, in 1989 on his next recorded appearance, Garrett shared performing and recording duties on The Return of the Formerly Brothers with the late Doug Sahm and pianist Gene Taylor. The album garnered a Juno Award. In 2004, Garrett released Amos Garrett's Acoustic Album, featuring tracks written by Leadbelly and Hoagy Carmichael, among others.