Born in Hollywood and raised in an environment of songwriters and musicians, guitarist-songwriter Tony Gilkyson originally started recording as a boy with his father, Terry Gilkyson, a composer for Walt Disney and a prominent folksinger/songwriter in his own right.
Tony played guitar with the Los Angeles band X for ten years, starting with the acclaimed album See How We Are and continuing through the all-acoustic live recording, X Unclogged. Other artists he has played and recorded with include Lone Justice, Sam Phillips, Duke McVinnie, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Peter Rowan, Larry Hosford, Dave Alvin, Kip Boardman, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, k.d. Lang, Mark Olsen, Shane MacGowan, Mike Stinson, Randy Weeks and Kathleen Wilhoite. He has produced recordings for Exene Cervenka, sister Eliza Gilkyson and Dances with Wolves author and poet Michael Blake. With Tom Waits, he co-produced Chuck E. Weiss’ albums Extremely Cool and Old Souls & Wolf Tickets. In 2003 he produced the acclaimed Country for True Lovers by Eleni Mandell. He also has played guitar on numerous film sound tracks including the well-received Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, Don’t Come Knockin’ and All the King’ s Men, with noted producer T Bone Burnett.
Tony has released two CDs of his own, Sparko and his latest recording, Goodbye Guitar, on Rolling Seas Records with national distribution by Redeye. Goodbye Guitar is produced by Charlie McGovern and Don Heffington and features musical contributions from Don Heffington, Van Dyke Parks, Eliza Gilkyson, Danny McGough and Chuck E. Weiss.
Frank Goodman writes in PureMusic.com: "This is how it's supposed to be done. Call me old-fashioned, but for alternative country to sound good, you gots to play good. And Tony G. plays like a demon .... And he's way more than a great guitarist. He is in that select company that is operating with a deep tonal vocabulary, and a connection to the instrument that few ever know. When he bends a note, into another bent note, into another bent note, and it's all in tune and it's all in time, that's a guitar player. That's just part of it, of course; it has as much to do with his approach to harmony and pushing the country envelope, and sterling acoustic work....Tony's done way more than a host of more famous people. Ten years with X, played with Lone Justice, played on and produced a slew of great records. Like all the greatest players will tell you, it's about seeing them live."
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